Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters Home Latest News Lebanon News All types of national celebrations on the occasion of Lebanon’s 77th Independence Day will be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Lebanese Presidency announced on Wednesday. Independence Day is celebrated on November 22nd, and this year will be marked by placing wreaths “in the name of the Lebanese Republic” under statues of the men who led Lebanon to its independence in 1943, according to the president’s statement. إلغاء جميع المناسبات الوطنية المتعلقة بذكرى الاستقلال، والاكتفاء بوضع أكاليل من الزهر على اضرحة رجالات الاستقلال باسم "الجمهورية اللبنانية" نظرا للظروف الصحية الراهنة في البلاد واستنادا الى قرار الاقفال الكامل— Lebanese Presidency (@LBpresidency) November 18, 2020 The precarious public health situation with the country witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases, coupled with the total lockdown imposed until November 30th led to this decision. However, caretaker Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi hinted that lockdown could be partially eased off starting Friday and some businesses could be permitted to open. The Interior minister expects infections to decrease after Friday, and some sectors could then open for business 😷 🇱🇧 https://t.co/S1UGACCeFA— The961 (@The961) November 17, 2020 The occasion is traditionally marked by a military parade in Beirut attended by high-ranking officials. However, last year it was held at the Defense Ministry in Yarze in parallel to a civilian parade held in Martyrs’ Square by the people, which highlighted a divide between the ruling class and citizens in the midst of the nationwide mass uprisings.