Day Of The Martyrs in Togo
Martyrs’ Day is a public holiday that’s observed annually in the Togolese Republic on the 21st of June every year. This holiday commemorates and honors all of the people who lost their lives in support of a free Togo. Also known as Day of the Martyrs, this holiday is observed with memorial services, speeches from politicians, and other special events.
There are also military parades held on this day, although some members of the general public are unhappy with these military displays because the country has been plagued with civil unrest and coups over the course of its history. However, this holiday is generally regarded as a solemn holiday.
The History Of Martyrs’ Day in Togo
During the European colonial expansion of the 19th century, Togo would become a German protectorate. In 1905, it would then become Togoland Colony. However, after Germany was defeated after WWI, Togoland would come to be ruled by both Britain and France.
The country would see its independence in April of 1960 and would become the Togolese Republic. Unfortunately, its independence hasn’t been a peaceful as many of its citizens would’ve liked. Over the years, Togo has had several dictatorships and coups. This holiday was set up to memorialize all of the people who have died trying to make Togo an independent nation.
Observing Martyrs’ Day in Togo
Martyrs’ Day is observed in the Togolese Republic by laying wreaths on graves, holding solemn ceremonies memorializing fallen Togolese heroes, and with military parades. It’s also a day when families get together to console each other and to share companionship with one another. The hashtag #MartyrsDayTogo can be used on social media to spread this holiday online.