On March 20th, the Republic of Tunisia celebrates a big holiday – Independence Day.
Some parts of modern Tunisia were under the rule of the Roman Empire. Then the country was under the rule of Arab conquerors, pirates, Spain, the Ottoman Empire, and at the end of the 19th century, France. So, independence has much deeper historical roots for Tunisians than is commonly believed.
Still, on March 20th, 1956, the protocol on the annulment of the French protectorate was finally signed, and this day has been celebrated ever since.
Every year, on Independence Day, thousands of Tunisians gather on Habib Bourguib Avenue to celebrate the end of the colonial era and the liberation of their country.