Army Day in Honduras
Army Day is a public holiday in Honduras that is observed annually on the 21st of October. This day commemorates the creation of the country’s military forces in 1825, which is why it is sometimes also referred to as Armed Forces Day.
This is a day that is traditionally observed with military parades in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, but smaller celebrations are held all across the country. Many people use this holiday to spend time with loved ones since it is a non-working day and many businesses, schools, and government offices are closed on this day.
The History of Army Day in Honduras
Article 44, subsection 4 of the First Constitution of the Legislative Chamber in Honduras, created the Armed Forces in 1825. This is why Army Day (also known as Armed Forces Day) is now celebrated on October 21st in Honduras every year.
Today, the Honduran Army is composed of the 101st Brigade, the 105th Brigade, the 110th Brigade, the 115th Brigade, and the 120th Brigade. These brigades are stationed in Choluteca, San Pedro Sula, Danlí, Juticalpa, and Santa Rosa de Copán.
Observing Army Day in Honduras
Most of the main celebration of Army Day in Honduras takes place in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. These special celebrations include flag-raising ceremonies, speeches by politicians and military officials, and parades. It is also observed with special medal ceremonies that are given to military members by their commanding officers.
Over the years, this holiday has been bundled with other patriotic holidays for different purposes. For example, in 2014, the holidays were moved to the end of the month to boost the economy through tourism. However, the following year, the bundle of holidays was moved to the beginning of the month due to the rainy season making travel difficult in the country. Currently, the holiday is observed on the 21st of October, but that may change depending on what is happening in the country at the time.