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Rwanda

Holidays & Observances in Rwanda

Rwanda is a small country in central Africa. It has two major ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi, and ethnic violence between these groups has been a problem since independence. Rwanda is currently in a phase of peace, but it is recovering from years of strife and mass killings, so its holiday celebrations are molding and shaping constantly. Most of the population practices Christianity, but there is still a large portion who continue to believe in their traditional beliefs. Often these are mixed together. Islam is also common in some areas. An important part of every Rwandan holiday is music and dance, which are incorporated into the celebrations.

 

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Independence Day Public
Assumption of Mary Religious/Beliefs Christianity
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic