Heroes' Day

Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, and it is observed on January 20 each year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary when the independence leader Amilcar Cabral was assassinated on January 20, 1973.

Amilcar Cabral was born on September 12, 1924, in Bafatá, Guinea-Bissau, and got education in Cape Verde. He started the student movements while he was a student, and the movement aimed to promote the independence from the Portuguese.

In 1956, he founded the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and hoped for a peaceful campaign for independence, however, it turned to the armed conflict in the 1960s.

In January 1963, the guerrillas from the PAIGC attacked the Portuguese garrison, and that was the start of the Independent War. Cabral led the PAIGC's guerrilla movement against the Portuguese government in the next 10 years. He strategically sustained the good relationships between his troops and the local population and made it one of the most successful wars of independence in Africa.

Cabral started to form a People's Assembly in preparation for the independence of Guinea-Bissau in 1972, however, he was assassinated on January 20, 1973.

The following is the list of Heroes' Day in Guinea-Bissau from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayDateWeekday
Heroes' DayJan 20, 2022Thursday
Heroes' DayJan 20, 2023Friday
Heroes' DayJan 20, 2024Saturday
Heroes' DayJan 20, 2025Monday
Heroes' DayJan 20, 2026Tuesday

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