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Heroes' Day in DR Congo 2020

DR Congo National Holiday observed in DR Congo

Heroes' Day in DR Congo is two days of public holidays to commemorate the deaths of two former Presidents
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 299 Days.
Dates of Heroes' Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Friday
2020 Thursday
2019 Thursday
2019 Wednesday
2018 Wednesday
2018 Tuesday
Duration
2 Days
Summary
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 Kabila

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.

Patrice Lumumba

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.


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