In Turkey, the event took place at the Hilton Hotel in Ankara city attracting over 250 participants.
It was also graced by various dignitaries including Rwanda’s ambassador to Turkey, Williams Nkurunziza, Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for Africa Ahmet Riza Demirer, heads of missions representing African countries to turkey and friends of Rwanda among others.
The celebrations were preceded by a 15 km marathon competition involving Rwandans and foreigners. The marathon was won by a Rwandan studying in Turkey, Faustin Rutayisire using 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The coordinator of Rwandans living in Turkey, Ibrahim Uwihoreye said it was a great pleasure to join the motherland in the celebration of Umuganura.
He told the crowd that Umuganura is a special day in Rwanda’s history where Rwandans celebrate achievements.
Ambassador Williams Nkurunziza also shared the history of Umuganura celebrated at the end of harvest time where families would come together to share fruits of their harvests and set new objectives for the next season.
Not only was the event meant to share harvest but also was critical to uniting Rwandans which reflects the same rationale nowadays as explained by Amb. Nkurunziza.
Umuganura had been uprooted by colonialists in 1925 but Amb. Nkurunziza said it was restored by visionary leadership in 2011 as part of initiatives to develop homegrown solutions rooted in culture.
Traditional ballet ‘Izogeye’ made of Rwandans studying in Turkey entertained guests during the celebrations held on Friday.
Umuganura was also celebrated in Belgium on Saturday where Rwandans from different corners of the country convened in Blankenberg city.
It was also graced by Rwanda’s Ambassador to Belgium, Amandin Rugira and the delegation from the embassy.
The event marked by a community work and main celebrations of Umuganura.
Yvette Umutangana, the President of Rwanda’s diaspora in Flandre Occidentale-Belgium said the community work reflects Rwandan values and commended everyone who joined Rwandans in the community work and celebration of Umuganura.
Amb. Rugira thanked participants of the celebration and reminded them that Umuganura has a great relevance concerning celebrations of achievements in socio-economic transformation and good leadership of Rwanda as well as information sharing and socialization.
He also invited participants to attend Rwanda Day 2019 to be held in Bonn, Germany.
It was also characterized by traditional dances.