Liberation Movement Day
Liberation Day is a holiday in Angola that’s observed every February 4th and commemorates the start of the armed struggle against colonial control that occurred in 1961. This struggle occurred during the African Nationalism Movement—a movement that cause 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 start the beginning of the Angolan War of Independence that would continue it a cease-fire 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 would end up tightening its grip on Angola and this 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 and would continue until 1974.
Fun Facts About Angola
Below are some of the facts about Angola that people interested in Liberation Day might want to know about.
- The official name of this country is the Republic of Angola
- The capital city of Angola is Luanda.
- This country has 5 major languages including Portuguese, Umbundu, Kikongo, Kimbundu, and Chockwe.
Observing Liberation Day In Angola
This holiday is observed with political speeches, parades, and festivals all over the country. It’s also a public holiday so schools and many businesses are closed on this day.