Liberation Movement Day

Liberation Day is a holiday in Angola that is observed every February 4th and commemorates the start of the armed struggle against colonial control that occurred in 1961. This struggle took place during the African Nationalism Movement—a movement that caused many European powers to begin to relinquish control over their African colonies.

Portugal did not, however, but instead tightened its grip on the region. This would erupt into violence and mark the beginning of the Angolan War of Independence, which would continue until a ceasefire was called by Portugal in 1974.

The History Of Liberation Day In Angola

Portugal began the colonization of this country during the 16th century and took complete control over what is now Angola during the 1920s. During the African Nationalism Movement, Portugal ended up tightening its grip on Angola, which only served to increase tensions in the country. In February of 1961, militants stormed the Civil Jail of Sao Paulo and the police barracks. This was the beginning of the Angolan War of Independence, which would continue until 1974.

Fun Facts About Angola

Below are some facts about Angola that people interested in Liberation Day might want to know.

  • The official name of the country is the Republic of Angola.
  • The capital city of Angola is Luanda.
  • The country has five major languages: Portuguese, Umbundu, Kikongo, Kimbundu, and Chokwe.

Observing Liberation Day In Angola

This holiday is observed with political speeches, parades, and festivals all over the country. It is also a public holiday, so schools and many businesses are closed on this day.

Where is it celebrated?
Angola (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
Next year (2025)
February 4 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
February 4 Saturday