Armed Forces Day in Mozambique

Armed Forces Day is a public holiday observed annually in Mozambique on September 25. This holiday is also known as Revolution Day and commemorates the day when the War of Independence began in 1964 in Mozambique.

Because of the importance of this holiday, it is widely celebrated across the country. It is a day when people are given the day off and when businesses, schools, and government offices are closed. It is also a day celebrated with parades, concerts, dancing competitions, and sporting events.

And for those citizens who are religious, it is also a day observed with many special church services held across the country.

The History of Armed Forces Day in Mozambique

During the 16th century, Mozambique was colonized by Portugal and was known as Portuguese East Africa. It would remain a colonial asset until unrest against colonial powers began to spread across the entire continent of Africa.

A group of nationalists founded the Mozambique Liberation Front in 1962 and began to fight for the country’s independence from Portugal. On September 25, 1964, this organization launched an attack against colonial forces, sparking the Mozambican War of Independence.

This war would last for almost a decade and would result in Mozambique achieving independence on June 25, 1975.

Observing Armed Forces Day in Mozambique

Concerts, parades, festivals, and other events are orchestrated in Mozambique on this holiday. There are also art exhibitions, historical displays, and the ceremonious raising of Mozambique’s flag.

There are also special services that honor Mozambique’s armed forces. It is also a day for people to enjoy some of their favorite Mozambican dishes, including Peri-Peri with Grilled Chicken, Mucapata, and Bolo Polana. At the end of the day, there is also a fireworks display enjoyed in the major cities.

Where is it celebrated?
Mozambique (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 25 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
September 25 Thursday
Last year (2023)
September 25 Monday