Albania Independence Day

Albania Independence Day

November 28
The Albanian people proclaimed their independence from the Turks on this day in 1912. The Turks had first invaded this part of Europe around 1400, but under the leadership of a brave chief named Skanderbeg, the Albanians held them off for more than 20 years. After his death, however, the Turks conquered Albania, and they continued to rule the country for more than 400 years. It wasn't until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence was issued on November 28, 1912.
Independence Day is a public holiday observed throughout Albania and is marked by a festive parade in Tirana, the capital. It is closely followed by Liberation Day on November 29, the day on which the invasions of German and Italian troops during World War II were terminated in 1944.
CONTACTS:
Albanian Embassy
2100 S. St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-223-4942; fax: 202-628-7342
www.embassyofalbania.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 196
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 210