Independence Day (Albanian: Dita e Pavarësisë) is an annual public holiday in Albania on November 28th each year. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. This is Albania's National Day and commemorates the date when Albania proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. It is the first day of a two-day holiday period as Independence Day is always followed by on 29 November 29th. History of Albanian Independence Day At the start of the fifteenth century, the Ottoman Empire was expanding into South-Eastern Europe, invading and controlling numerous lands ruled by local kingdoms. By 1431, the Ottomans ruled most of modern-day Albania. In 1443, a local revolt was led by a deserter from the Ottomans called Skanderbeg. His heroic military campaigns to defend Albania against the might of the Ottoman Empire meant that he became a national hero to the Albanians. It is often said that Skandberg's stand against the Ottomans may have prevented further expansion by the empire into more western regions of Europe. Following Skanderbeg's death, Albania fell back under Ottoman control in 1479 and it remained a part of the Ottoman Empire until just before the start of the first world war. In the late nineteenth century, a wave of desire for nationhood had been sweeping across Eastern Europe and while Albania enjoyed a privileged position within the empire, it too was stirred into the various uprising against Ottoman rule. With the Ottomans having been weakened by the defeat in the Balkan Wars, an Albanian uprising of 1912 led to the proclamation of independence by Ismail Qemali, the leader of the Albanian national movement, on November 28th 1912. Independence Day is marked by a festive parade in Tirana, the capital.
The newly-appointed Republic of Albania military attaché, Colonel Dilaver Hoxha, held accreditation meetings in the defense institutions of the Republic of Poland
On September 23 and 25, 2020, Colonel Dilaver Hoxha, the newly-appointed military attaché, conducted the accreditation tour in the main institutions of defense of the Republic of Poland. At the Ministry of Defense, the reception was hosted by Mrs. Anna Kostiuk, Director of the Department of Military Foreign Affairs, followed by a meeting with the First Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, Lieutenant General, Mikutel Tadeusz.
Minister kultury prof. Piotr Gliński spotkał się z minister kultury Albanii
Polsko-albańska współpraca w obszarze kultury oraz kwestia ewentualnego dalszego wsparcia po tragicznym trzęsieniu Ziemi w Albanii – m.in. o tym rozmawiali dziś wicepremier, minister kultury prof. Piotr Gliński oraz minister kultury Albanii Elva Margariti. Celem wizyty minister Margariti w Polsce jest udział w spotkaniu Gremiów Europejskiej Sieci Pamięć i Solidarność (ESPS), które rozpocznie się 6 lutego 2020 roku w Warszawie i potrwa 2 dni. Albania od 2015 roku posiada status kraju-obserwatora Sieci. Spotkanie ministrów kultury Polski i Albanii odbyło się w siedzibie Ministerstwa Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego.
Ambassador Mrs. Shpresa Kureta meets with Deputy Marshal of the Sejm, Mr. Ryszard Terlecki
On 30 January 2020, the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania, Mrs. Shpresa Kureta held a meeting with the Deputy Marshal of the Sejm, Mr. Ryszard Terlecki. Ambassador Kureta and Deputy Marshall of the Sejm, discussed on the visit of Mr. Terlecki to Albania, the possibilities of cooperation in the tourism sector, which was agreed to be an added value in the relations between Albania and Poland.
Skanderbeg's film projected at the University of Warsaw
On 24 January 2020, on the International Day of Education, at the University of Warsaw was projected the film on the Albanian National Hero, Gjergj Kastrioti-Skanderbeg. This event was organized by the Student's Club of the Chair of Eastern European Studies and the Associate Professor, Mr. Rigels Halili, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania, aiming at bringing Polish students of the University of Warsaw closer to the history of the Albanian National Hero and their awareness on the earthquake that affected Albania on 26 November 2019, for which a fundraising initiative was undertaken by the students, called "Gur Gur bëhet Mur".
Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs invites Albanians at home and abroad, partners, associations and businesses, to offer their contribution in this moment of solidarity to the families and citizens in need, who were affected by the earthquake. #ShqipëriaSolidare. To help all the families, affected by November, 26th earthquake, several bank accounts were made available by the Government of Albania.
Ambassador Mrs. Kureta attends the inauguration ceremony of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy