Laurent Kabila (left) and Patrice Lumumba (right) are honoured on DR Congo Heroes' Day
When is Heroes' Day?
How long until Heroes' Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 361 Days.|
Dates of Heroes' Day
|Anniversary of President Laurent Kabila's assassination in 2001|
National Heroes' Day is observed on two consecutive days in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On 16th January, President Laurent Kabila is honoured and on 17th, Patrice Lumumba is honoured. Both days are observed on the date of their deaths.
Laurent-Désiré Kabila was an important figure in the Congolese revolution who moved in politics, serving as the third President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 17 May 1997, when he overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko.
Kabila was assassinated in his office by one of his bodyguards on 16 January 2001. He was succeeded eight days later by his son Joseph.
When the Republic of the Congo gained independence from Belgium in June 1960, Patrice Émery Lumumba was elected as the country's first Prime Minister. Only three months later, he was ousted from power in a coup and was sent to prison under orders by his chief-of-staff Joseph-Desiré Mobutu.
On 17 January 1961, Lumumba was killed by a firing squad from the Katangan authorities, a secessionist mineral-rich region.