Holiday Calendar for Angola
Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a west-coast country of south-central Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa. African roots are evident in music and dance, and is moulding the way in which Portuguese is spoken.
National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year
Tuesday 17 September
- Heroes' Day in Angola (is also the birthday of Antonio Neto, Angola’s premier “founding father”)
Monday 11 November
- Angola Independence Day (celebrates the independence of Angola from Portugal in 1975)
Wednesday 18 December
- National Festival of Angolan Culture (It serves as a point of promotion of cohesion, unity and diversity of the Angolan culture)
Tuesday 4 February
- Day of the Armed Struggle or Liberation Movement Day in Angola (to commemorate the day in 1961 when Angolan MPLA (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola) forces assaulted a prison house in Luanda and freed independence leaders who were incarcerated there)
Tuesday 25 February
- Carnival in Angola (The main day of Carnival season is a public holiday in Angola, falling on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
Thursday 19 March
- Father's Day (Andorra, Angola, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Honduras, and Bolivia)
Saturday 4 April
- Peace Day in Angola (The date commemorates the end of the nearly 30-year-long Angolan Civil War)
Some angolan traditions
Angolan culture reflects centuries of Portuguese rule, in the predominance of the Portuguese language and of the Catholic Church. About three-quarters of Angola’s population is Christian, half being Roman Catholic and a quarter being Protestant.
The diverse ethnic communities – the Ovimbundu, Ambundu, Bakongo, Chokwe, Mbunda and other peoples – to varying degrees maintain their own cultural traits, traditions and languages, but in the cities, where slightly more than half of the population now lives, a mixed culture has been emerging since colonial times.
Traditional Angolan religions believe in a close connection with the spirit of dead ancestors. They believe that ancestors play a part in the lives of the living. Therefore, the spirits of dead ancestors remain prominent members of the community.
The only two truly religious holidays on the official state holidays calendar in Angola are Christmas and Good Friday. But there is also a big Carnival season 40 days before Easter as people prepare for Lent.
The date of the holiday changes each year, such that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.
The biggest Christmas celebrations are in Luanda and other major cities, but people celebrate Christmas countrywide.
Although many people when asked may say they are Angolan, most of them will really have their primary sense of identity and loyalty to a tribe.