14th October of every year is celebrated in Tanzania as a public holiday in remembrance of the day Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere passed away. The highlight of the day is the extinguishing of the Uhuru Torch which is the symbol of Tanzania independence and national unity. The public holiday is a reminder to Tanzanians about the words stated by Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere about the meaning of Tanganyika as a free country:
“…. I have said before elsewhere that we, the people of Tanganyika would like to light a candle and put it on top of Mount Kilimanjaro which would shine beyond our borders giving hope where there was despair, love where there was hate, and dignity where before there was only humiliation…..” 22nd October, 1959. Hansard, 35th Session Address in Reply.
Capt Alexandar Gwebe Nyirenda hoists Uhuru Torch and National Flag at Uhuru peak, Kilimanjaro Mountain on Independence day – 9/Dec/1961