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Proclamation of Independence Day
Burkina Faso

Proclamation of Independence Day 2019 and 2020 in Burkina Faso

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

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.