National Day of Mali

national dayThe National Day of Mali is on the 22nd September (Independence from the Mali Federation 1960). This celebrates the anniversary of Mali’s independence from France in 1960. This follows a very long struggle against French colonial rule.

National Day of Mali

Firstly there was Modibo Keïta who was the first president of Mali. He led the country to independence from France in 1960. Secondly there was also Cheick Amadou Tall who was a Muslim leader who led a resistance movement against French colonialism in West Africa. Thirdly there was also Mamadou Konaté who was also a major political figure who played a key role in the struggle for independence from French rule. Finally there was Fily Dabo Sissoko who was an early advocate for Malian independence and a strong supporter of democracy.

On this day, Malians celebrate their nation’s independence with parades, cultural events, and traditional performances. The national flag is hoisted, and speeches are given by government officials and other prominent figures.

Likewise there is also the National Day of Mauritania as well as the National Day of Mauritius and the National Day of Malawi.

Public Holidays in Mali

Some of the major public holidays in Mali include:

  • New Year’s Day – January 1st
  • Labor Day – May 1st
  • Martyrs’ Day – May 26th
  • Eid al-Fitr – varies based on the Islamic calendar (usually in May or June)
  • Independence Day – September 22nd
  • Tabaski (Eid al-Adha) – varies based on the Islamic calendar (usually in July or August)
  • Proclamation of the Republic Day – September 26th
  • Christmas Day – December 25th
See also  National Day of East Timor

Note that dates for Eid al-Fitr and Tabaski may vary based on the sighting of the moon.