Day Of The Martyrs in Togo
Martyrs’ Day is a public holiday observed annually in the Togolese Republic on June 21st. This holiday commemorates and honors all the people who lost their lives in support of a free Togo. Also known as the 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 by civil unrest and coups throughout its history. However, this holiday is generally regarded as a solemn occasion.
The History of Martyrs’ Day in Togo
During the European colonial expansion of the 19th century, Togo became a German protectorate. In 1905, it then became the Togoland Colony. However, after Germany’s defeat in WWI, Togoland came to be ruled by both Britain and France.
The country gained its independence in April 1960 and became the Togolese Republic. Unfortunately, its independence has not been as peaceful as many of its citizens would have liked. Over the years, Togo has experienced several dictatorships and coups. This holiday was established to memorialize all 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 to memorialize fallen Togolese heroes, and with military parades. It is also a day when families gather to console each other and to share companionship. The hashtag #MartyrsDayTogo can be used on social media to spread awareness of this holiday online.