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Burkina-Faso : Discover the country's culture


Burkina-Faso. The Bradt Travel Guide.
Lonely Planet West Africa, (West Africa, a Travel Survival Kit, 3rd ed) .

Burkina-Faso : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

August 5th 1960 : the country obtains its independence.
1966: Maurice Yaméogo, the President elected in 1959, is brought down by the army which takes power, with Sangoulé Lamizana at its head.
1970 : new constitution. Universal suffrage for the election of the President of the Republic is implemented.
1974: the army takes power again.
1977: military power is overthrown. Adoption of a new constitution.
1978: General Lamizana is elected President of the Republic. 1980 : military coup d'Etat. Colonel Saye Zerbo becomes head of State.
1982: the power is overthrown. Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo takes power.  
1983 : Thomas Sankara becomes President of Burkina -Faso. The Citizen's Popular Rally (RPC) see the light.
1984: Upper Volta changes its name and becomes "Burkina -Faso", literally the land of upright people.
October 15th 1987 : Thomas Sankara is assassinated.
1987: Blaise Compaoré becomes head of the country after the coup d'Etat.
1991 : a new constitution is adopted.
Blaise Compaoré becomes President of Burkina-Faso.
1998: Blaise Compaoré is re-elected President.

Burkina-Faso : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


January 1st: New Year's Day.
January 3rd: Revolution Day.
March 8th: Woman's Day.
April 8th: Easter
May 1st: Labour Day.
March 31st: birthday of the prophet Mohammed.
August 5th: Independence Day.
October : end of Ramadan.
November 1st: All Saints' Day.
December 11th: celebration of the proclamation of the Republic.
December: Eid ul Kebir, sacrifice of the sheep.
December 25th: Christmas.

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