Independence Day Of The Republic Of Madagascar

WAELE AFRICA Foundation Wishes to congratulate the government and people of Madagascar on the occasion of her 62 independence. We wish your country and all its people happiness, continued success and prosperity.

Madagascar has been isolated from nearby continents for quite a long time. This has resulted in a wide variety of plants, animals, and culture found nowhere else in the world, leading to Madagascar being called the Eighth Continent by some. The people of this country gained full independence on June 26, 1960, and June 26 has been celebrated as Independence since.

History of Independence Day in Madagascar

Madagascar’s history began in the 7th century with many nomadic Arab Muslims setting up their trading posts along the coasts. The king of the island began to extend power through trade with its neighbors. The Sakalava chiefdoms of Menabe and Boina began to dominate considerable area of the island.

Contact with the Europeans began around 1500 when the Portuguese sea caption Diago Dias found the island when his ship got separated from the rest of his fleet. In 1666, Francois Caron of the British East India company sailed to Madagascar. The company established ports on the nearby islands and often referred to Madagascar as “the island of the moon.”

The French invaded Madagascar in 1883 during the Franco-Hova war to restore the properties seized from the French citizens. At the end of the war, Madagascar gave up Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to the French and paid 560,000 gold stripper francs to the heirs of Joseph Francois Lambert. Later in 1895, the French arrived in Mahajanga and went to the capital, seizing the city.

The Parliament of France passed an act to annex Madagascar, and the royal family was exiled to Algeria. During World War II, troops from Malagasy fought in France, Morocco, and Syria. Before the war, the Germans had planned to deport all Jews to Madagascar.

There was a nationalist uprising in 1947, a time when France’s nationalist feelings were at a low. The uprising was tamed after several months of fighting, but at the cost of many lives. The French created reformed institutions in 1956. They were called the overseas reforms, and it was done by Loi Cadre, moving Madagascar peacefully towards independence. The republic of Malagasy was declared on October 14, 1958 within the French community. Full independence was declared on June 26, 1960.

Madagascar’s Independence Day Traditions, Customs and Activities

Today Madagascar celebrates its independence from France with great pomp and joy. There are colorful festivals in the streets, beckoning tourists who visit this island nation. There are also many contests in which the locals participate, particularly eating and drinking competitions.

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