• - Kuwait National & Liberation Days

On the 19th of June 1961 the ruler of Kuwait Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah signed the declaration of independence with Sir George Madltn, the British High Commissioner in the Gulf, thereby abolishing the agreement signed by the deceased Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah with Great Britain on January 23, 1899 to protect Kuwait from foreign greed and ambitions. Although the 19th of June 1961 is the genuine day of Kuwait’s Independence, yet Kuwait celebration on the 19th of June only occurred once in 1962. Starting from 1963 and due to the extreme hot weather of June, the celebration of Kuwait’s Independence was moved to the 25th of February, which is the same day Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah came to power after the death of his cousin, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Since then, Kuwait has been celebrating the 25th of February of every year as a day of Independence, joy and happiness.

On August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein, the ruler of Iraq, gave the orders to invade Kuwait. After two days, the Iraqi forces managed to occupy the entire country. However, Kuwait’s ruling family, government, and all Kuwaitis in general, whether from outside or inside Kuwait, resisted the occupation with all possible ways and means. Thanks to Allah Almighty first, then to the tremendous efforts made by the ruling families and governments of the Gulf Countries, and to the great determination shown by Kuwaitis, over 30 countries from all over the world agreed on liberating Kuwait, and push the Iraqi forces back to Iraq. On February 26, 1991, and after seven months of occupation, Kuwait was finally liberated. Since then, Kuwait has been celebrating the 26th of February of every year as a day of liberation, joy and happiness.