The National Day of Tunisia is on the 20 March (Declaration of independence from France 1956). We have also listed the public holidays below for Tunisia. The 20th of March is an unforgettable day for all Tunisian people around the world as Tunisia signed the treaty of its independence in 1956 from France.
National Day of Tunisia
Likewise the National Day of Tunisia or Independence Day of Tunisia is celebrated annually on the 20th March. This day as you will know marks the year 1956 when Tunisia gained independence from France (National Day of France) after years of colonial rule. The struggle for independence was led by Habib Bourguiba, who later became the first president of Tunisia.
Habib Bourguiba was born on the 3rd August 1903 in Monastir, Tunisia. It was a French protectorate at the time. He was educated in Tunis and France, and he became involved in the Tunisian nationalist movement in the 1920s. Bourguiba was a co-founder of the Neo-Destour party in 1934, which sought to achieve independence for Tunisia through peaceful means.
He was arrested in 1934 and then exiled to France where he spent several years continuing to work for Tunisian independence and gaining the support of many Tunisians living in France. Then in 1949 he returned to Tunisia where he was arrested and imprisoned several times. Finally on the 20th March 1956, France granted Tunisia independence, and Bourguiba became the first president of the newly independent country. He served as president until 1987, when he was overthrown in a coup.
Public Holidays in Tunisia
Here are the public holidays observed in Tunisia:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Revolution Day – January 14th
- Independence Day – March 20th
- Labour Day – May 1st
- Eid al-Fitr – varies based on the Islamic calendar
- Republic Day – July 25th
- Women’s Day – August 13th
- Eid al-Adha – varies based on the Islamic calendar
- Islamic New Year – varies based on the Islamic calendar
- Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – varies based on the Islamic calendar
- Christmas Day – December 25th
Please note that the dates for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Islamic New Year.