Independence Day in Uganda is a state holiday celebrated on October 9 every year. It commemorates Uganda’s liberation from the United Kingdom in 1962.
The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa which is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is situated in the African Great Lakes region. It takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala.
Celebrations are held throughout Uganda on this day. There are also traditional cultural commemorations and performances held by artists. A military parade is held at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala. The President then takes the national salute while “Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty” is played by massed bands.
There are today hundreds of Filipinos in Uganda. They are represented diplomatically by the consul in neighboring Kenya, Donna Celeste Feliciano Gatmaytan. Divina Mikkelsen is the leader of the community.
We greet the people and government of the Republic of Uganda, headed by President Yoweri Museveni, on the occasion of its Independence Day.