Heroes' Day

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Heroes' Day
Observed by 17 countries
Date Various
Frequency annual

Heroes' Day or National Heroes' Day may refer to a number of commemorations of national heroes in different countries. It is often held on the birthday of a national hero or heroine, or the anniversary of their great deeds that made them heroes.

National Heroes' Day in Angola[edit]

National Heroes Day in Angola is a holiday in Angola on September 17, the birthday of the national hero Agostinho Neto.

National Heroes' Day in Barbados[edit]

National Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Barbados on April 28.[1][2]

Heroes' Day in Cape Verde[edit]

Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Cape Verde on January 20. It commemorates the 1973 assassination of Amílcar Cabral, who is remembered as a hero for fighting western colonialism and exploitation.

Heroes' Day in Indonesia[edit]

Hari Pahlawan is observed every 10 November to commemorate heavy fighting between Indonesian nationalist militias and British Allied forces at Surabaya, East Java on 10 November 1945. This was the first large-scale international armed conflict involving Indonesia after its Proclamation of Independence on 17 August 1945.

Heroes' Day in Jamaica[edit]

Heroes' Day in Jamaica is a holiday celebrated on the Third Monday in October. It commemorates seven national heroes from Jamaican history.

Heroes' Day in Kenya[edit]

Main article: Heroes' Day (Kenya)

Mashujaa Day is a national holiday in Kenya, which is celebrated to collectively honour all those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya's independence. It is observed on 20 October.

Heroes' Day in Mozambique[edit]

Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Mozambique on February 3.

Heroes' Day in Namibia[edit]

Main article: Heroes' Day (Namibia)

26 August is Heroes' Day in Namibia. It marks the beginning of the armed struggle during the Namibian War of Independence.

National Heroes' Day in the Philippines[edit]

National Heroes Day is a national public holiday in the Philippines to honor the country’s heroes (unspecified) and is held on the last Monday of August[3] to mark the anniversary of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the beginning of the Philippine Revolution by the Katipunan and its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio in 1896.[citation needed]

While the holiday celebrates both known and unknown heroes, a National Heroes Committee established in 1995 (prior Revolution's centennial) proposed a list of "National Heroes".[citation needed] The committee proposed Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, Gabriela Silang[citation needed]

Heroes' Day in Romania[edit]

Heroes' Day in Romania is on May 13.

National Heroes Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis[edit]

National Heroes Day in Saint Kitts and Nevis takes place on September 16, the birthday of national hero Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw.

Heroes' Day in South Africa[edit]

The day was celebrated in the South African Republic and later in the Republic of South Africa.

National Heroes' Day in Sri Lanka[edit]

National Heroes Day in Sri Lanka is celebrated on 28 November of each year. It's celebrated since 1818 Kandyan rebellion against British invasion in Sri Lanka. This year (2013), 195th commemoration of National Heroes Day of Sri Lanka was held by the sponsorship of the Sri Lankan Government.

National Heroes' Day in Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

In the Turks and Caicos Islands, National Heroes' Day takes place on the last Monday in May.[4][5]

Heroes' Day in Uganda[edit]

Heroes' Day in Uganda takes place on June 9.

National Heroes Day in the United Kingdom[edit]

The United Kingdom first celebrated a National Heroes Day in 2011, on 21 October (the same day as the victory at Battle of Trafalgar). It was founded by Danny Glavin, a teacher from Fareham, Hampshire. After hearing about the tragic death of his childhood friend whilst serving in Afghanistan, he decided to fund-raise for a military charity in his memory. The day was endorsed by the PM, David Cameron. Now Glavin has founded The Inspiration Federation and coordinates the Heroes Day Educational Programme] within schools across the United Kingdom.[6][7]

Heroes' Day in Zambia[edit]

Heroes' Day in Zambia is a public holiday observed on the first Monday of July. The day honors citizens accorded the status of heroes and heroines.[by whom?] However, this day is more correlated to the Zambia International Trade Fair on which, including Unity Day, employees rest. It is a memorial day for those who perished during the independence struggles.[8]


  1. ^ Government of Barbados - National Heroes[dead link]
  2. ^ "History of Barbados, The Parliament of Barbados". Barbadosparliament.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  3. ^ Content Manager 03 (August 24, 2014). "NATIONAL HEROES DAY". Presidential Library and Museum. Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "CARICOM listing of Turks and Caicos holidays". Caricom.org. 1991-07-02. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  5. ^ "News about the day in Turks and Caicos". Reefnews.com. 1999-02-26. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  6. ^ http://www.inspirationfederation.org/
  7. ^ News, The. "Mayor Supports Heroes Day". www.portsmouth.co.uk. The News. Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.zambia-advisor.com/Zambian-Holidays.html#sthash.T38YDCLz.dpuf