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Although most travellers will find that they can get around passingly well with a working knowledge of French (and increasingly English), some familiarity with Swahili or the related local language, Kirundi, is helpful, particularly in rural areas. The problem may be that Kirundi is extremely difficult to learn. Kirundi and Kinyarwanda (the official language in Rwanda) are quite similar.

Festivals & Events

Public holidays in Burundi

Date English Name
January 1 New Year's Day
February 5 Unity Day
April 6 Ntaryamira Day
May 1 Labour Day
varies Ascension
July 1 Independence Day
August 15 Assumption
October 13 Rwagasore Day
October 21 Ndadaye Day
November 1 All Saints' Day
December 25 Christmas Day


The respect for the Burundian Elders is very strong. The younger peoples of the many villages and kinships show respect to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and even to strangers. The Burundians also show respect to all.

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