Uganda Martyrs' Day Celebrations are held every 3rd June at the Uganda
Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo, Kampala-Uganda.
In Uganda, this day is a public holiday, which gives chance to millions
of people from near and far to make pilgrimage to this Holy Land.
The Martyrs' Day celebrations begin with a Novena in
various parts of the country especially in places where different
Martyrs were either born or killed. The Novena begins from 25th May to
2nd June. The Novena at Namugongo is also attended by pilgrims from
neighbouring countries like; Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi,
Democratic Republic of Congo and from some other continents.
Many of these pilgrims, young and old, walk miles and
miles from their home areas up to Namugongo as a sign of honour to the
Martyrs who shed their blood for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pilgrims also spend weeks on this long journey trying to invoke the
Uganda Martyrs to intercede for them in overcoming their problems.
These, indeed have often testified Martyrs' positive reaction to their
prayers as they get salvaged from their bonds.
In preparation for Uganda Martyrs Day, not only
pilgrims or faithful flock to the place, business people as well come
to Namugongo in big numbers to sell foodstuffs and other merchandise to
fellow business people and to pilgrims. This makes the numbers shoot
high not only at Namugongo but even in the neighbouring trading
The climax is the celebrations of a Pontifical High
Mass on 3rd June. The liturgy celebrations are organized by various
dioceses, year after the other. Mass begins at 10 (East African
Standard Time) with processions accompanied by liturgical dances
organized by the leading diocese. Important persons from Uganda
government, embassies and other countries usually attend the
celebrations. The security is always beefed up by police and the army.
This makes the celebrations very peaceful despite the big numbers
(millions) that turn up for the celebrations