Independence Day in Angola in 2020

Independence Day in Angola in 2020
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 339 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Angola
2021 Angola Thu, Nov 11 National Holiday
2020 Angola Wed, Nov 11 National Holiday
2019 Angola Mon, Nov 11 National Holiday
2018 Angola Sun, Nov 11 National Holiday (in lieu)
2017 Angola Sat, Nov 11 National Holiday
  Summary
Marked by Angolans on November 11th each year to commemorate the country's freedom from Portuguese colonial rule that happened on the same date in 1975.

When is Angolan Independence Day?

Independence Day is a national holiday in the Republic of Angola on November 11th each year.

If November 11th falls on a Sunday, the following working day will be a holiday.

The holiday was established to celebrate the anniversary of Angola's independence from Portugal on this date in 1975. This is Angola's National Day.

History of Angolan Independence Day

The region now known as Angola was first visited by Europeans by the Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão in 1484. Over the following centuries, the Portuguese established settlements and trading posts along the Angolan coast. It was not until the 20th century that Portuguese control extended to the interior region of Angola.

Did you know?

Angola is known for its unusual rock patterns, vast gorges, and waterfalls.

The first movement towards independence for Angola began in the 1950s with the creation of political groups wanting self-determination for Angola.

The Portuguese regime at the time refused to countenance any moves by its colonies towards independence and the independence movement in Angola was suppressed. this led to an armed guerilla campaign that began in 1961 becoming the Angolan War of Independence. The war only came to an end when a military coup in Portugal in April 1974 overthrew the regime of Estado Novo. The new Portuguese government then called a cease-fire and stopped all military action in the African colonies, declaring its intention to grant them independence without delay.

The three main guerrilla groups formed a transitional government in January 1975. Fighting soon broke out between these groups as they vied to gain control of the country. With support from Cuba, one of the groups, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), took control of Angola's capital, Luanda, and declared independence on November 11th 1975.

Did you know?

The capital Luanda has been the world's most expensive city for ex-pats since 2013.

How is Angolan Independence Day Celebrated?

Angolan Independence Day is celebrated with festivals, parades, and formal ceremonies across Angola.

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