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Holidays & Observances in Angola

Angola is located in southwest Africa bordering the Atlantic Ocean. For hundreds of years it was owned by Portugal only gaining its independence in 1976. Portuguese is still the official language, and around 38% of the population still practice Portugal’s Roman Catholic religion. The country is broken up in many different tribes with different languages, cultures, and religions, so universal customs such as holidays are difficult to find. Most of the official holidays celebrate peace and freedom in Angola and throughout Africa. They have two holidays to honor soldiers who fought against the Portuguese (Memorial Day and National Heroes Day). They also celebrate International Women’s Day and World Children’s Day.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Angola Independence Day Public