Prince Louis Rwagasore Day in Burundi in 2020

Prince Louis Rwagasore Day in Burundi in 2020
  How long until Prince Louis Rwagasore Day?
This holiday next takes place in 337 days.
  Dates of Prince Louis Rwagasore Day in Burundi
2021 Burundi Wed, Oct 13 National Holiday
2020 Burundi Tue, Oct 13 National Holiday
2019 Oct 13, Oct 14
BurundiMon, Oct 14National Holiday (in lieu)
BurundiSun, Oct 13National Holiday
2018 Burundi Sat, Oct 13 National Holiday
2017 Burundi Fri, Oct 13 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the assassination in 1961 of a Burundi nationalist and prime minister

When is Rwagasore Day?

Rwagasore Day is a public holiday in Burundi on October 13th each year. If October 13th falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be observed as a holiday.

This holiday commemorates the life of one of Burundi's national heroes, who was assassinated on this day in 1961.

History of Rwagasore Day

Prince Louis Rwagasore was the son of King Mwambutsa IV. He was active in nationalist movements and campaigned for independence from Belgium.

The Belgians had maintained a strong colonial rule by skillfully avoiding a unified Burundi nationalist movement by pitting the different ethnic groups against each other. Rwagasore diffused these ethnic tensions by marrying a Hutu woman.

In the September 1961 elections before independence, he won 80% of the vote and became the first Prime Minister-elect.

However, he was gunned down in a hotel restaurant a few weeks later on October 13th 1961. Though his assassin was Greek, suspicions remain that his murder was sponsored by a pro-Belgian group.

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