This is my second time photographing this particular event and I always find it really amazing . I get to see a lot of different kinds of people from across the country and get to hear their different stories especially those that traveled from far and wide to be a part of this Martyrs Day Celebration. I think for me its mindblowing how religion gets to bring together large sums of people for one cause.
Martyrs Day is a celebration/remembrance of the sacrifice made by ‘The Uganda Martyrs ‘, a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity in the Buganda Kingdom, executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887.
They were killed on orders of Mwanga II, the Kabaka (King) of Buganda. The deaths took place at a time when there was a three-way religious struggle for political influence at the Buganda royal court.
Martyrs day is observed on the 3rd of June everywhere attracting pilgrims from around the world. This ‘feast day’ is included in the General Roman Calendar. The Catholic Church beatified the 22 Catholic martyrs of its faith in 1920 and canonized them in 1964.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER.
Tibawesa Stuart is a photographer from Kampala. He loves taking photos and memories, basketball. “Getting to experience new things is what I live for and being a whiteness to different situations within our lives and the people around us” Check out his blog here