Angola Liberation Day is commemorated every February 4, along with the Day of the Armed Struggle, to celebrate Angolan M.P.L.A’s (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola) feat when the soldiers attacked and liberated the detained independence leaders from a Luanda jailhouse. Ready to learn more about this day?
History of Angola Liberation Day
Portugal colonized Angola as early as the 16th century, but it took until the 1920s to completely rule over Angola. By the beginning of the 1960s, several African countries managed to splendidly chase out their invaders including Ghana, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Angola’s neighbor). African nationalism seemed unstoppable, making other countries loosen their grip. Nonetheless, Portugal instead tightened its grip on its former colonies across the continent.
And so, the Angolan rebellion came around before long; mainly driven by the forced culmination of cotton, which erupted into violence in February 1961, as the demand for Angolan nationalism grew stronger. During the early morning hours of February 4, black militants attacked a police patrol car and assaulted the Civil Jail of So Paulo, as well as the Military Detection House and police barracks, in an attempt to release political prisoners held captive there.
The Angolan War of Independence continued as part of the Portuguese Colonial War until 1974 when a new more liberal leadership in Portugal came to power and declared a ceasefire, officially kicking off the Angolan War of Independence.
Angola Liberation Day timeline
Portugal gains full control over Angola.
The battle of liberations begins.
A Portuguese call for a ceasefire brings the Angolan War of Independence to an end.
Angola gains its long-fought independence.
Angola Liberation Day FAQs
What is Angola famous for?
Angola is a Central African nation rich in resources including oil, diamonds, hydroelectricity, and fertile farmland.
Which foodstuffs are consumed in Angola?
Rice, beans, meats including pork and chicken, a variety of sauces, and vegetables like tomatoes and onions are common staples. It’s not uncommon to see ingredients like garlic among the list of common spices. Funge, a sort of cassava porridge, is a staple food. The usage of olive oil is just one of the many Portuguese culinary influences.
Is Angola a welcoming place?
You bet it is. Upon arrival, you will be astounded by the warmth and generosity of the locals.
How to Observe Angola Liberation Day
Learn about Angola’s liberation and Angola in general. Enlighten yourself on this day.
Share your knowledge
Let others know about Angola’s liberation and how significant it was for them. Start an online conversation.
Partake in the celebrations
Share the Angolans’ sentiment on their liberation. Playing their national music, Semba, is a good start.
5 Interesting Facts About Angola
Since 2013, Luanda has been the most expensive city in the world for expatriates.
Angola had one of the world's fastest-growing economies between 1994 and 2004.
Besides Portuguese, Umbundu, Kimbundu, Kikongo, and Tchokwe are all commonly spoken there.
The dreadlock hairstyle’s origin traces back to Angola.
Angola's traditional song, the semba, is referred to as the music of the sea and is used in multiple celebrations.
Why Angola Liberation Day is Important
It represents liberation
It is a symbol of Angola's independence from the Portuguese. They struggled for their independence and were eventually successful.
It’s about remembrance
The day serves as a remembrance of those who lost their lives in the battle. It’s a very strong reminder for the whole world to avoid repeating such tragedies.
It provides new knowledge
We get to know more about Angola, its history, and its people. We love this!
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