President Ntaryamira Day in Burundi in 2021

President Ntaryamira Day in Burundi in 2021
President Ntaryamira.

  How long until President Ntaryamira Day?
This holiday next takes place in 274 days.
  Dates of President Ntaryamira Day in Burundi
2022 Burundi Wed, Apr 6 National Holiday
2021 Burundi Tue, Apr 6 National Holiday
2020 Burundi Mon, Apr 6 National Holiday
2019 Burundi Sat, Apr 6 National Holiday
2018 Burundi Fri, Apr 6 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the anniversary of President Cyprien Ntaryamira's death in 1994
  Local name
Jour de Ntaryamira

When is President Ntaryamira Day?

President Ntaryamira Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Burundi on April 6th each year.

This holiday commemorates the anniversary of President Cyprien Ntaryamira's death on this day in 1994.

History of President Ntaryamira Day

Since independence, the history of this small, landlocked African country has been dominated by tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups.

The first democratic elections in June 1993, brought the Hutu, Melchoir Ndadaye to power, though he was assassinated in October of that year.

In early 1994, the parliament elected another Hutu, Cyprien Ntaryamira as President.

On April 6th 1994, Ntaryamira died in a plane crash. The private Dassault Falcon 50 jet which belonged to Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, a fellow Hutu, was shot down while landing at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda. The plane crashed, killing both presidents. The deaths ignited the Rwandan Genocide.

President Ntaryamira Day is a solemn observance during which people reflect upon one of the most tragic events in African history.

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