Proclamation Of Independence Day

In the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, also known simply as East Timor, the 28th of November is observed each year as Independence Day. This day commemorates the country’s proclamation of independence from Portugal on this date in 1975. Because it is a public holiday in East Timor, it is a day off for many people, and schools, government offices, and businesses are closed.

It is also a day when many residents take to the streets and attend a wide variety of events such as parades, concerts, festivals, and street fairs. This holiday allows all citizens to enjoy their freedom and take pride in their nation.

The History of Independence Day in East Timor

During the 16th century, Portuguese explorers entered the area now known as East Timor. These explorers were soon followed by Christian missionaries and then by military forces. By the beginning of the 18th century, the territory had officially become a Portuguese colony known as Timor.

This colony would remain under Portuguese control until the 1970s. This changed during the Carnation Revolution in Portugal in 1974, which ended the dictatorship in that country and brought a new Portuguese attitude towards its remaining colonies.

Portugal would eventually leave Timor to its own devices. On November 28th, 1975, a unilateral declaration of independence for the Democratic Republic of East Timor was made. However, this proclamation was short-lived because Indonesia invaded East Timor, and it became an Indonesian province for the next 25 years.

Observing Independence Day in East Timor

This holiday is observed with much fervor and includes a number of exciting activities. These activities include parades, concerts, fairs, and firework displays. People also enjoy communal meals with friends and family members. During these meals, they enjoy dishes that include traditional food staples such as cassava, maize, sweet potatoes, chicken, beef, pork, goat, and taro. People also enjoy the day off, and many institutions are closed for the day.

Where is it celebrated?
East Timor (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 28 Thursday
Next year (2025)
November 28 Friday
Last year (2023)
November 28 Tuesday