National Day of Rwanda

national dayThe National Day of Rwanda is on the 1 July (Independence from Belgium in 1962). This also known as “Kwibuka,” is commemorated annually on the 4th July. This day remembers the end of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 and also marks the start of the rebuilding process of Rwanda. See also the Belgium National Day.

National Day of Rwanda

Likewise the word “Kwibuka” means “remember” in Kinyarwanda. This in the national language of Rwanda. The commemoration of this day is a solemn occasion, and Rwandans come together to reflect on the tragedy that occurred in their country and honor the memory of those who lost their lives.

See also the National Day of Senegal as well as the National Day of Sierra Leone and National Day of Tanzania.

Public Holidays in Rwanda

Finally here are the public holidays observed in Rwanda:

  • New Year’s Day: January 1st
  • National Heroes’ Day: February 1st
  • International Women’s Day: March 8th
  • Genocide Memorial Day: April 7th
  • Good Friday: Date varies according to the Christian calendar
  • Easter Monday: Date varies according to the Christian calendar
  • Labor Day: May 1st
  • Eid al-Fitr: Date varies according to the Islamic calendar
  • Liberation Day: July 4th
  • Assumption Day: August 15th
  • Eid al-Adha: Date varies according to the Islamic calendar
  • Umuganura Day: First Friday of August
  • Christmas Day: December 25th
  • Boxing Day: December 26th

Finally please note that the exact dates of some holidays may vary depending on the lunar or other calendars used.

See also  National Day in Maldives



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