William Tubmans Birthday
Observed annually on November 29th in the Republic of Liberia, William Tubman’s Day is a national holiday that honors the longest-serving Liberian President in history, William Tubman, on the anniversary of his date of birth.
Around this holiday, school children make projects that tell the tale of Tubman’s life and political achievements, and some government offices are closed. Since it’s a public holiday, many people have the day off and use that day off as a way to enjoy an extra day off. Some people also use the holiday to visit friends and relatives.
The History Of William Tubman’s Day
William Tubman was born on November 29th, 1895 in a town called Harper. He originally sought out religious life, with plans to become a preacher, but that changed after he took a temporary job in a government office and discovered that his calling was in public service. In 1917, he would become a lawyer, and then he joined the True Whig Party. By the age of 28, he had become a Liberian senator — the youngest in the country’s history.
In January of 1944, he became Liberia’s 17th President. He would then serve 27-years until his death on the 23rd of July in 1971. He is commonly referred to as the father of modern Liberia. He would enact a number of reforms and social policies such as establishing a public school system and seeing to women’s suffrage.
Observing William Tubman’s Day
On this holiday, the President of Liberia proclaims this day as a holiday. Usually, this proclamation orders all government agencies to close for the day, and it also usually asks businesses and markets to close as well. People use this holiday as an extra day off, or to spend time with loved ones.