It’s only in Uganda where you can visit several holy places and shrines of Christian values in a City tour excursion since all the holiest places are found a few kilometers from Kampala city center. Usually, every year on 26th May & June 3rd Christians gathers in Namugongo and Munyonyo in memory of the Christian Martyrs who died in Faith. The two holy sees made a visit to Uganda; Pope Paul VI & Pope Francis. They both visited Uganda and witness the reserved grounds of the royal Christian martyrs who teach the whole world how true Christians should behave in real life. During this time of the year, millions of people visit the holy shrines for blessings and faith commitment by walking on foot from their homes, fasting, and also giving thanks to God the almighty in form of offerings.
Since the celebration draws millions to come to Uganda, most foreign tourists who love and believe in Christianity come to the country two a week to the event in order to catch up with both the celebrations. However, sites and shrines are accessible throughout the year when you happen to traverse Uganda during your Safari adventure or Business engagements.
A lot of issues happen at the shrines on that day including Repentance, Holy Water, Touring, Cleanliness, and Entertainment, Prayers, security, shrines, and food. Every pilgrim gets the opportunity to confess their sins before the martyrs day celebrations as a sign of purity and bounding more with God the creator a reason which makes pilgrims stay at the holy ground for a number of days not only on the martyr’s celebration day. Religious leaders and ushers are always available to guide whoever comes to the shrine ground for confession. Though God forgives sins each and every time one admits that and seeks for his forgiveness but doing it here at the holy shrines is more exceptional since it’s a heaven ground and it’s believed that God hears and forgives faster. Even the Martyrs help to present people’s needs & request to God. It’s always advised to cleanse your soul before standing in God’s presence.
Touring is a must to many pilgrims as the best way to explore the holy shrines and grounds of both Namugongo martyrs shrines & Munyonyo. A visit to the man-made Uganda Martyrs Lake, shrines, Martyrs museum, other different sites, plus the holy compound is a must-see while on the Kampala city tour excursion. If you visit around the martyrs day celebration you may miss out to reach some areas since the holy compound is always filled up with millions of Pilgrims. However, to discover the holy grounds and shrines it’s advisable to visit a few days to the celebrations or after. In most cases, it’s very exciting to visit on the very day of the martyr’s day and see be part of the whole event. The two Martyrs shrines in Namugongo- the Catholic and Anglican host prayers and holy services depending on martyrs reminisced. The teaching about the martyrs can be done on different days but the Novenas are said at only the Catholic shrine.
Listening to stories about the martyrs, the cause of their death, the place, date of martyrdom is really entertaining something you shouldn’t miss out on while on the holy land of shrines. Bites are everywhere and for those with a good appetite, food, drinks; beverages are served in different forms by experts. Get a chance to buy holy rosaries, bibles, martyrs history books for your family and keep the blessing of the holy grounds and shrines in your home. Remember to respects the rules and regulations of the holy shrine especially for the holy lake full of holy water used as a blessing in several ways. Do not bathe or swim in the lake but just get a jerrican or bottle and draw the water.
For foreign tourists, after the celebration, you can take a safari in Uganda and see its other unique treasures. Visit the different national parks in Uganda and engage in interesting adventures such as gorilla tracking, primate treks, nature wildlife excursions and Game drive to sight the Big Five and other wild animals, conservation centers for endangered species such as Rhinos, chimpanzees, and other cultural sites besides city tours and life exposures which seems unique and memorable in Uganda.