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  • New Year's Day -- January 1
  • Easter -- March or April
  • Labor Day -- May 1
  • Independence Day -- June 30
  • Parents' Day -- August 1
  • Christmas -- December 25

(Willis, Terri. Democratic Republic of the Congo: Enchantment of the World. New York, NY: Children's Press, 2004.)

Lesson Plan Ideas for Congolese Holidays


  1. What are some holidays that are unique to our country? How are these similar to / different than the holidays of Congo?
  2. Read the speech written for their Independence Day – first celebrated in 1960. Compare it to our Independence Day.
  3. Have a class party where you “celebrate” one or more of these holidays!


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