Ethiopians mark Patriots Day every year on May 5 to commemorate gallant patriots who fought against the then fascist Italian troops, for five consecutive years between 1936 and 1941.
The East African country has been prepared for the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Patriots Victory Day with different activities including historical and cultural symposiums, and exhibitions among others.
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia made a grand entrance into the capital city, Addis Ababa, on May 5, 1941, to mark the end of the Italian occupation. Selassie had deliberately chosen that date because exactly five years earlier, the Italians had entered the city and initiated a period of occupation that halted Ethiopia’s long legacy of sovereignty. However, the intervention of British forces and other Allies, as well as the heroics of Ethiopian patriots, helped preserve Ethiopia’s independence. Ever since, Ethiopians have annually commemorated Selassie’s famous arrival into the capital.