Independence Day around the world in 2024

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2025 AngolaNov 11
Angola Tue, Nov 11National Holiday
2024 AngolaNov 11
Angola Mon, Nov 11National Holiday
2023 AngolaNov 11
Angola Sat, Nov 11National Holiday
2022 AngolaNov 11
Angola Fri, Nov 11National Holiday
2021 AngolaNov 11
Angola Thu, Nov 11National Holiday

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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