Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is a public holiday which is celebrated in Ghana, West Africa and is used to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana’s first president – and also celebrate the founding fathers of Ghana at the same time. This day has been celebrated on September 21st on an annual basis since 2013.

History of Founder’s Day

On Friday, September 21st, 2012, President John Dramani Mahama alerted the Minister for the Interior of Ghana to prepare for an amendment bill that was being sent to Parliament. This bill allowed for the creation of Founder’s Day on September of 2013 and on that day in every coming year. Before directing this bill to Parliament, Founder’s Day was a day that was only a holiday due to presidential decree. After the passing of this bill, however, the day would become a permanent holiday.

President John Dramani Mahama issued the announcement of the bill on September 21st, 2012 – which was the 103rd birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah – at a birthday celebration at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum that was being held on that day.

Founder’s Day Customs & Traditions

Founder’s Day is celebrated in a variety of different ways all across Ghana. Some people have a BBQ with their friends and families. Other people attend the grave of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah or other founding fathers of Ghana. Still other people attend one of the many festivals, fairs or concerts which are held all over the country. Since it is a public holiday, some government offices, post offices, banks and other businesses may be closed on that day or have altered hours.

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