The National Day of Equatorial Guinea is on the 12 October (Independence from Spain 1968). It is also known as Independence Day or Freedom Day. The day marks the country’s independence from Spain on the 12th October 1968.(National Day of Spain). See a brief history down below.
National Day of Equatorial Guinea
The process of independence began in the 1950s . This was led by many including the Movimiento Nacional de Liberación de Guinea Ecuatorial (MONALIGE), which was founded in 1959. Firstly this started with the creation of an autonomous region in 1963. This granted the country at that time some level of self-rule. However, full independence was not achieved until 1968. Likewise on the 12th September 1968, a referendum was held, in which over 90% of the population voted in favor of independence. Finally this is where a transitional government was formed.
The only issue now was the terms of independence. Finally on the 12th October 1968, Equatorial Guinea became an independent country. The first president wash Francisco Macias Nguema. Later however Nguema was overthrown in a military coup in 1979, and the country has since undergone several periods of political instability and unrest
Public Holidays in Equatorial Guinea
Firstly here are the public holidays in Equatorial Guinea:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Martyrs of Independence Day – February 3rd
- Good Friday – the Friday before Easter Sunday
- Easter Sunday – variable date (usually in April)
- Labor Day – May 1st
- Africa Day – May 25th
- Independence Day – October 12th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Boxing Day – December 26th
Finally in addition to these national holidays, there are also regional holidays that may be observed in certain parts of the country.