September 1, 2023

The Spark that Ignited the
Blazing Flames of Independence

Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion
Certain days stand out as particularly important on the Eritrean calendar. 24 May, celebrating Eritrea’s hard-earned independence, of course, is one. 20 June, reserved to remember the monumental sacrifices of those who fell to win and defend the country’s independence and sovereignty, is definitely another. 8 March and 1 May, which are set aside to observe the huge contributions and importance of women and workers, respectively, are also special days for Eritreans. Joining these distinguished days is 1 September, locally referred to as Bahti Meskerem, which represents the anniversary of the beginning of Eritrea’s long and bitter armed struggle for independence. The occasion, a national holiday filled with deep patriotism and utmost pride, offers an important…

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