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Proclamation of Independence Day
Burkina Faso

Proclamation of Independence Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso celebrates Proclamation of Independence Day each 11 December, This observance is also considered Burkina Faso‘s “national day”.

YearDateDayHoliday
202011 DecFriProclamation of Independence Day
202111 DecSatProclamation of Independence Day
202211 DecSunProclamation of Independence Day
12 DecMonProclamation of Independence Day Holiday
202311 DecMonProclamation of Independence Day
202411 DecWedProclamation of Independence Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Oddly enough, it was on 5 August and not on 11 December that Burkina Faso became and was proclaimed to be fully independent of the French Empire. The December date was the day in 1958 when what was then called Upper Volta gained “autonomous” status within the French commonwealth.

There are a number of important military parades in Burkina Faso on Proclamation of Independence Day. Flags are on display everywhere, and the government generally puts on an event in the capital city of Ouagadougou with the country’s president presiding over the celebrations.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201911 DecWedProclamation of Independence Day
201811 DecTueProclamation of Independence Day
201711 DecMonProclamation of Independence Day