Republic Day in Central African Republic in 2021

Republic Day in Central African Republic in 2021
Group of forest elephants in the Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve, Central African Republic. Image by Cavan , via Deposit Photos

  How long until Republic Day?
Republic Day
  Dates of Republic Day in Central African Republic
2023 Central African Republic Fri, Dec 1 National Holiday
2022 Central African Republic Thu, Dec 1 National Holiday
2021 Central African Republic Wed, Dec 1 National Holiday
2020 Central African Republic Tue, Dec 1 National Holiday
2019 Central African Republic Sun, Dec 1 National Holiday
  Summary

Ubangi-Shari became an autonomous territory within the French Community as the Central African Republic on 1 December 1958

When is Republic Day?

Republic Day is a national holiday in the Central African Republic (CAR) on December 1st each year.

This holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Central African Republic becoming an autonomous territory within the French Community in 1958.

History of Republic Day

In 1903, the region of modern-day CAR, known as Ubangi-Shari, became a French colony beginning 57 years of French control under various names and federations.

With the advent of the fifth French Republic in 1958, Ubangi-Shar achieved self-government when it became an autonomous territory within the French Community on December 1st 1958.

It was renamed the Central African Republic with Barthelemy Boganda as prime minister.

Boganda died in 1959, and just one year later in August 1960, CAR gained its independence, with David Dacko, nephew of Boganda, as its president.

Did you know?

The second president of the CAR, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, wasn't happy with just being president, so in 1976 he converted the Central African Republic into the Central African Empire; most of the bill for the US$20 million coronation to make him emperor was footed by France.

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