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Independence Day

 

Independence Day

Brief

Independence Day in Uganda is celebrated on the 9th of October each year. It is a day to celebrate Uganda's freedom from British rule which occurred in 1962.

In 1888, Britain gave control of Uganda to the British East Africa Company. However, other European powers fought to gain control of Uganda until 1890 when an agreement between Germany and Britain put Uganda under British rule.

Like other countries, Independence Day is a day of national pride in Uganda. There is a national celebration at the Kololo ceremonial grounds with the President presiding over the ceremony. Heads of state for other countries also attend the ceremony.

Celebrations are held throughout Uganda and activities are designed to promote the nation. There are parades and performances by well-known artists. There are also demonstrations of native dance and cultural celebrations. Festivals include traditional foods and drinks with many in attendance wearing traditional clothing. The Ugandan flag is prominent at all celebrations as a demonstration of pride in the country.