National Day in Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde, also known as Cape Verde, is an island country and archipelago that’s located in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s composed of ten volcanic islands that have a combined land area of 4,000 square kilometers and a population of approximately 550,000+ people. This is a nation that celebrates September 12th of each year as their National Day.

Although Cabo Verde Independence Day (a day celebrated on July 5th) is also a national holiday, this holiday commemorates independence advocate and warrior Amilcar Cabral who was born on this day in 1924. He was an agricultural engineer, intellectual, poet, revolutionary, and political organizer that led the PAIGC’s guerrilla movement against Portugal that would eventually lead to Independence for Portuguese Guinea and Cabo Verde.

The History Of National Day In Cabo Verde

On September 12th, 1924, Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral was born in Bafata in Portuguese Guinea. He would grow up to be one of the foremost anti-colonial leaders in Africa and was a prominent agricultural engine, pan-Africanists, poet, nationalist, and diplomat. He would lead the Portuguese for African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, also known as the PAIGC, and he would lead the organization guerrilla movement against the Portuguese government. On January 20th, 1973, he was assassinated.

Observing National Day In Cabo Verde

This holiday is observed with parades, festivals, and other activities all across Cabo Verde. It’s a day off for the general population, and businesses, schools, and government offices are closed. It’s also a day when people spend time with their friends and family enjoying fine Cabo Verde dishes such as a thick chicken soup made with rice called Canja, a stew called Catchupa,  and a fried eel dish that’s known as Morreia. This is also a day when the Flag of Cabo Verde is flown high from people’s homes, businesses, and government buildings all across the country.

Where is it celebrated?
Cabo Verde (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
September 12 Tuesday
Next year (2024)
September 12 Thursday
Last year (2022)
September 12 Monday