Independence Day (Albania)

Independence Day is a public holiday in Albania, and it is observed on November 28 each year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary when Albania gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912.

Albania is a country in southeastern Europe, and people have been living in the area by different civilizations for thousands of years. During the 14th century, the Principality of Albania was formed, but it fell under the Ottoman Empire in the early 15th century.

Influenced by theĀ French Revolution, Albanian intellectuals and patriots started the independence movements in the 19th century, and the Albanian League was formed in 1878 to unify the Albanian territories. Under the Ottoman rule, Albanians were divided into four ethnically heterogeneous vilayets (provinces) to prevent Albanian national unification. Although the Albanian League was suppressed later, it became one important symbol of Albania's national awakening.

In 1912, an uprising was provoked in Albania and it lasted 8 months from January to August, which led the Ottoman government to accept all demands related to establishing a unified autonomous system of administration.

However, Albania's Balkan neighboring countries already planned to partition the territory. In October 1912, the Balkan allies (Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Montenegro) started the First Balkan War with the Ottoman Empire. To prevent being annihilated, Albania declared independence on November 28, 1912.

The following is the list of Independence Day in Albania from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayDateWeekday
Independence DayNov 28, 2022Monday
Independence DayNov 28, 2023Tuesday
Independence DayNov 28, 2024Thursday
Independence DayNov 28, 2025Friday
Independence DayNov 28, 2026Saturday

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