Thousands of pilgrims are attending an open-air ceremony at Namugongo shrine, near Uganda’s capital, Kampala, to mark Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations.
The Catholic shrine is dedicated to Christians martyred for their faith in 19th Century.
Some of the pilgrims spent the night holding a vigil near the martyrs’ shrines.
President Yoweri Museveni has wished the pilgrims a safe stay in the country and tweeted a photo of the venue:
I also want to congratulate all the Balamazi(Pilgrims) who have trekked long and short distances for the #MartyrsDay2022. I want to welcome the visitors to Uganda, among the pilgrims, who have come to enjoy the blessings of this day with us. I wish you a memorable stay in Uganda. pic.twitter.com/IvZ6PLv8Az
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) June 3, 2022
The annual event is a big draw to Catholics in the country and the East Africa region.
This year’s event is the first since the country confirmed its first Coronavirus case in July 2020.
Martyrs Day Celebrations begin at Mamre International Prayer Centre Janda, where Mukajanga is said to have cleaned the tools that he used to execute the Martyrs. The prayers are organised by the Christian Ecumenical Orthodox Church 📸Stephen Otage #MonitorUpdates #MartyrsDay2022 pic.twitter.com/ZVnHMdoquj
— Daily Monitor (@DailyMonitor) June 3, 2022