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Friday, May 12, 2017
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On Friday, May 5th, students, parents, and staff celebrated Ethiopian Patriots Day with light refreshments. Thank you to our hostesses, educational aides Ms. Metty and Ms. Meron!

Patriots' Victory Day is an Ethiopian public holiday that marks the end of the Italian occupation. It commemorates those who died during the occupation and honors veterans of the resistance movement. The holiday is celebrated on May 5.

In the early 20th century, Ethiopia was the only African country to retain its sovereignty and not become a colony. However, it independence was interrupted by the Second Italo-Ethiopian war that started in October 1935. The war resulted in the military occupation of the country.

Italian troops entered Addis Ababa on May 5, 1936, and hoisted the Italian tricolor in front of the Italian legation. Thus the occupation of Ethiopia began. At the early stages of WWII, British forces helped patriot Ethiopian fighters liberate the country.

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