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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

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