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Côte D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Independence Day
August 7, 2016
Independence Day is observed nationwide in Côte d’Ivoire, and schools, offices, and general businesses are closed for the day. The day is marked by national cultural events organized locally by the government. In the capital city of Yamoussoukro there are military parades and processions in celebration of the independence of Côte d’Ivoire. During more turbulent political years, the government and opposition forces hold rallies in the streets, and the day is used as a propaganda opportunity. Parties are held all over the country with bangui, the local palm wine, and aloko, ripe banana in palm oil.