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The Biharwe Eclipse Monument is one of the 400 landmarks that are taking part in the global greening initiative for a week in celebration of St Patrick’s day.
This is the sixth time Uganda is participating in the Global Greening initiative an event that sees famous landmarks and iconic sites across the world go green.
Some of the monuments are Uganda’s Biharwe Eclipse Monument, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Tower in France, the Madison Square in New York, the Dubai Frame, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bistrol and many others.
The Biharwe Eclipse Monument is the third tourism landmark to be greened in Uganda with the aim of commemorating the death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
According to Daphine Nahwera the Marketing Manager at Igongo Cultural Centre, the greening of the monument will bring it into the spotlight of monuments signifying cultural and historical stories such as the story of the Eclipse that occurred 500 years ago how it affected the kingdoms of Bunyoro, Buganda and Ankore in the pre-colonial times and how it helped historians to get accurate dates of the kings of the time and the subsequent ones for the entire Great Lakes Region.
“Recognising this monument on a global tourism platform among very famous sites will attract so many tourists interested in visiting and learning more about Biharwe, Mbarara and Uganda as a whole. This will improve the development of the area and create jobs for the local guides and the entire tourism development chain”.
She added that as part of the activities towards the celebration of 500 years since an Eclipse Occurred, Igongo Cultural Museum will be offering free guided hikes to the top of this Eclipse Monument to experience and learn about the events that happened after the Eclipse.