Memorial Day in East Timor in 2020

Memorial Day in East Timor in 2020

  How long until Memorial Day?
This holiday next takes place in 123 days.
  Dates of Memorial Day in East Timor
2022 East Timor Wed, Dec 7 National Holiday
2021 East Timor Tue, Dec 7 National Holiday
2020 East Timor Mon, Dec 7 National Holiday
2019 East Timor Sat, Dec 7 National Holiday
2018 East Timor Fri, Dec 7 National Holiday
  Summary
A day to honour the contribution made by martyrs, combatants and veterans who have fought for the independence of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

When is Memorial Day in East Timor?

Memorial Day is a public holiday in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on December 7th each year. This is a fixed date holiday and is always followed by the Day of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception on December 8th creating a two-day holiday period.

This holiday honours those who took part in the resistance against Indonesian occupation and fought for independence

History of Memorial Day in East Timor

Colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th century, East Timor declared its independence from Portugal on November 28th 1975.

Independence proved to be very short-lived as Indonesia invaded nine days later and East Timor was declared as a province of Indonesia in 1976.

The struggle to regain independence began almost immediately and would last until 1999. 

Though definitive figures are hard to come by, The Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor estimated a minimum of 102,000 conflict-related deaths during the occupation. The commission estimated that about 18,000 people were killed in the fighting and over 80,000 died from famine and illness.

The date of the Indonesian invasion, December 6th 1975 was chosen as a day to honour and remember those who perished during the time of the occupation.

In November 1991, over 250 young people attending a funeral were killed in the Santa Cruz massacre. This event is commemorated on National Youth Day.


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