Republic Day in Ghana in 2020

Republic Day in Ghana in 2020
Flag of Ghana Image by Nicolas Raymond , via Flickr
  How long until Republic Day?
This holiday next takes place in 231 days.
  Dates of Republic Day in Ghana
2021 Ghana Thu, Jul 1 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Ghana Wed, Jul 1 Not A Public Holiday
2019 Ghana Mon, Jul 1 Not A Public Holiday
2018 Jul 1, Jul 2
GhanaMon, Jul 2Government Holiday
GhanaSun, Jul 1National Holiday
2017 Ghana Mon, Jul 3 National Holiday
  Summary
On 1 July 1960, Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana proclaimed a republic and became its first president

When is Republic Day?

This holiday is celebrated on 1st July and commemorates Ghana becoming a republic on 1 July 1960.

Until 2019, Republic Day was a public holiday. Under the Public Holiday Amendment Bill which was passed in March 2019, Republic Day becomes a commemorative day.

History of Republic Day

Before the arrival of Europeans, Ghana was the location of the Ashanti, a powerful tribe in the region. The area had an abundance of natural resources, including gold and ivory, which attracted the attention of colonists. While the Portuguese had been the first to establish a settlement in the region, the attractiveness of the local riches led to a struggle for control between many European nations. In 1874, Britain took control over parts of the country, naming them the British Gold Coast.

Weakened by the efforts of World War II and a rising desire for independence, Britain began the process of reducing its colonies around the world, including those Africa.

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence, on 6 March 1957.

Three years later, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr. Kwame was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republic was proclaimed on 1 July 1960.

How is Republic Day Celebrated?

Republic day has also become Senior Citizens' Day, a day to recognise the efforts and contributions of senior citizens to modern Ghana.

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