Republic Day celebrations ("Tahoua Sakola") will be held in the southwestern city of Tahoua December 12-19. A number of cultural events are expected to take place during the festival period, particularly on Republic Day itself, December 18. An increased security presence is to be expected throughout the city during the celebratory period, along with associated traffic disruptions.
A national holiday since 2005, Republic Day marks the founding of the Republic of Niger in 1958. Official national celebrations usually take place in one of the Niger's regional capitals.
Individuals present in Tahoua are advised to allow additional time for travel and follow all instructions issued by authorities.