Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is a significant day in the Christian calendar, observed worldwide. This solemn occasion, which falls on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, holds great significance for Christians. Likewise it reminds us the events that took place on the night before Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Let’s explore the customs and observances associated with Maundy Thursday, as well as where it is celebrated.
National Day of Zambia
The National Day of Zambia is celebrated annually on the 24th October. This day is also known as Independence Day and celebrates Zambia’s independence from British colonial rule which ended on the 24th October 1964. The day is celebrated with various events and festivities throughout the country
National Day of Guinea-Bissau
The National Day of Guinea-Bissau is celebrated annually on the 24th September. This day celebrates the country’s independence from Portugal in 1973. (National Day of Portugal). This was after a long struggle for freedom led by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). See the National Day of Cape Verde for more information on them.
National Day of Dominican Republic
The National Day of the Dominican Republic is on the 27th February. The day celebrates the independence from Haiti. This was achieved on the 27th February 1844. The Dominican Republic had been under Haitian rule for more than two decades at the time. See also the history of the National Day of Haiti on here. See also Caribbean.
National Day of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The National Day of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is celebrated annually on the 27th October. This also marks the anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain in 1979. Here’s a general process of how the day came about.
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National Day of Saint Lucia
The National Day of Saint Lucia which is also called Independence Day. This is celebrated annually on the 22nd February. This is the anniversary of Saint Lucia’s independence from their British colonial rule in 1979. Here is a brief overview of the process of celebrating the National Day of Saint Lucia.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrates its National Day annually on the 19th September. This day is also known as Independence Day. This as it marks the country’s independence from British colonial rule in 1983. This process however stated in the 1960’s.
National Day in Maldives
The Maldives celebrates its National Day annually on the 26th July. This day marks the country’s independence from British rule in 1965. The history of their independence comes with an interesting history from a British protectorate to an independent country.
National Day of Paraguay
The National Day of Paraguay is on 15th May. It marks the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule in 1811. Paraguay’s independence process began in 1810. This following the May Revolution in Buenos Aires and you can see this in the national day celebrations in South America.
National Day of Guyana
The National Day of Guyana is on the 26th May (Independence day) and on the 23rd February (Republic Day). This commemorates their independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. It is a public holiday in Guyana and you can see the list of public holidays below as well. The history of their national day or independence day is explained below. Continue reading National Day of Guyana
National Day of Peru
Firstly the national day of Peru is on the 28th July. This is to celebrate their independence from Spain in 1821. The day is called the Fiestas Patrias, or Patriotic Festivals. You will note below that it is a public holiday that spans two days in Peru. Finally there is an annual celebration that starts on the eve of national day and then proceeds over the two day period. Continue reading National Day of Peru
National Day of Colombia
The National Day of Colombia is on the 20th July. Colombia got its independence on the 20th July in 1810. The history of their independence is of interest to many. There had been many countries in South Africa who gained independence from the Spanish. Colombia is only one of those countries.