Independence Day in Mozambique

Mozambique National Holiday in Mozambique


When is Mozambique Independence Day?

How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 67 Days.
Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Thursday June 25th
2019 Tuesday June 25th
2018 Monday June 25th
2017 Sunday June 25th
2016 Saturday June 25th
Local name
Dia da Independência Nacional
Celebrates independence from Portugal on 25 June 1975

Independence Day, also known in Portuguese as Dia da Independência Nacional, is a national holiday celebrated on 25 June.

This holiday is Mozambique's National Day and commemorates independence from Portugal on 25 June 1975.

History of Mozambique Independence Day

Mozambique lies on southeastern coast of Africa. the Europeans first visited Mozambique during the voyages of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama at the end of the fifteenth century. By 1530, Portugal had established a strong presence in the region effectively controlling the area.

By the middle of the twentieth century, Mozambique was still an overseas territory of Portugal, despite the movement towards independence from the colonial powers that was taking place elsewhere on the African continent.

In 1962 several anti-colonial groups combined to form the Front for the Mozambique Liberation (FRELIMO). In September 1964, they began an armed guerilla campaign against the Portuguese.

Together with similar armed movements in other Portuguese territories such as Angola and and Guinea-Bissau, this led to the Portuguese Colonial War. The conflict lasted almost ten years. In 1974, the revolution in Portugal restored democracy to the country and led to a change in attitude over overseas territories such as Mozambique.

FRELIMO took control of Maputo, the capital, in April 1974 in a coup. Independence for Mozambique was officially declared just over a year later on 25 June 1975.

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