Heroes' Day

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Heroes' Day
Observed by 17 countries
Date Various
Frequency annual
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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.[1][unreliable source?]

National Heroes' Day in Barbados[edit]

National Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Barbados on April 28.[2][3]

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]

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]

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 honour and remember the country’s heroes, men and women in Philippine history whose acts of courage enabled the Philippines to grow as a nation. It is held on the last Monday of August to mark the anniversary of the 1896 Cry of Pugad Lawin by the Katipunan, led by its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio, which began the Philippine Revolution.

While the holiday celebrates both known and unknown heroes, a National Heroes Committee was set up in 1995 to recommend those who should be counted as ‘National Heroes’. Following certain criteria, they found a select group of people who, they believed, should be honoured for their deeds: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, and 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 28th 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 Trafalgar). It was founded by Robin Hollington (father of the 300th UK serviceman to die on Operations in Afghanistan Marine Richard Hollington), who sought and got endorsement from the Prime Minister, after a young teacher named Danny Glavin (a footballing colleague of Richard's) organised a number of local events in schools in his area. Danny's efforts followed the Heroes Day held by All Farthing School held in 2009/10. National Heroes Day is a chance for the Nation, but primarily school children, to honour their personal Hero, whoever that may be, whilst learning to understand the difference between Hero and Celebrity. Donations raised on the day go directly to Help for Heroes. Organisation of the event is and always will be funded by sponsorship with 100% of the donations raised going to the Help for Heroes Charity.[6]

Heroes' Day in Zambia[edit]

Heroes' Day in Zambia is a public holiday observed every first Monday of July.The Intention of this holiday is to honor citizens accorded the status of heroes and heroines. However, this day is more correlated to the Zambia International Trade Fair on which, including the Unity Day, employees rest. It is a memorial day for those who perished during the independence struggles. These are the people who sacrificed everything – their lives, their education, and their jobs for the independence of their country. - See more at: http://www.zambia-advisor.com/Zambian-Holidays.html#sthash.T38YDCLz.dpuf

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angola Pays Tributes on Day of the National Hero". Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Government of Barbados - National Heroes[dead link]
  3. ^ "History of Barbados, The Parliament of Barbados". Barbadosparliament.com. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  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.heroesday.org.uk/