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Liberation Day
Afghanistan

Liberation Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Afghanistan

Afghanistan celebrates “Liberation Day” on 15 February – or 26 Dalwo on the native Afghan Calendar – to mark the day in 1989 when the last Soviet soldier left its soil. The holiday has been observed since 2007.

YearDateDayHoliday
202115 FebMonLiberation Day
202215 FebTueLiberation Day
202315 FebWedLiberation Day
202415 FebThuLiberation Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The struggle that Liberation Day looks back to was long and complex. In 1978, a coup took over in Afghanistan and set up a pro-Soviet government. Many Islamic leaders opposed this new government for its secular tendencies, and the US began to support the opposition as part of the Cold War.

But in December of 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, being invited by some in the government who feared US-backed efforts to overthrow them would succeed. This led to a long, bloody guerrilla war that ultimately destroyed the morale of the Soviet invaders. After 10 years trying to subdue Afghanistan but failing, they began a gradual withdrawal of troops that was not complete until 15 February, 1989.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202015 FebSatLiberation Day
201915 FebFriLiberation Day
201815 FebThuLiberation Day
201714 FebTueLiberation Day