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Weather and climate:

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 Rwanda is only two degrees south of the equator, but its high altitude means temperatures are seldom extreme (generally in the 70s F/22-27 C during the day and the 60s F/16-21 C at night — expect frost in the high mountains). July – September and January are the dry seasons.
During the rainy seasons, heavy downpours occur almost daily, but after the shower's over, the rest of the day may be sunny. It can rain almost anytime in Volcanoes National Park — the area receives 90% of the precipitation that falls on the country (that, in part, is why farmers have encroached on the gorillas' territory).

Holidays and Events

In Rwanda we have the following holidays and events:

  • New Year’s Day (Jan.1)
  • Democracy Day (Jan.28)
  • Genocide Memorial Day (Apr.7)
    Genocide Memorial Day is the start of an official week of mourning, there are commemorative ceromonies and a lot of the country shuts down most afternoons.
  • Easter around March/April)
  • Labour Day (May 1)
    Independence Day (Jul.1)
  • National Liberation Day (Jul.4)
  • Harvest Festival (Aug.1)
  • Assumption Day (Aug.15)
  • Culture Day (Aug.8)
  • Heroes’ Day (Oct.1)
  • All Saints’ Day (Nov.1)
  • Christmas Day (Dec.25)
  • Boxing Day (Dec.26)