Memorial Day (East Timor)

Memorial Day is a public holiday in East Timor (Timor-Leste), and it is observed on December 7 each year. The holiday commemorates those who lost their lives fighting for independence during the Indonesian occupation.

East Timor is an island country in Southeast Asia. The Portuguese arrived in the early 16th century and made it a Portuguese colony in 1702. During World War II, Australian and Dutch forces occupied East Timor in 1941 and the Japanese forces occupied it in 1942. East Timor was returned to Portugal in 1945, but the Portuguese abandoned it in 1974.

On November 28, 1975, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) declared independence from Portugal. However, the Indonesian military occupied East Timor on December 7, 1975, and made it the 27th Indonesian province in 1976. Fretilin's key members managed to flee into the hinterland and fought against the Indonesian forces.

The Indonesian occupation lasted 24 years, which was marked as violence and brutality. Approximately 200,000 people died of massacre, hunger, and illness. The invasion day of December 7 is adopted as the celebration day of Memorial Day.

The following is the list of Memorial Day in East Timor (Timor-Leste) from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayDateWeekday
Memorial DayDec 07, 2022Wednesday
Memorial DayDec 07, 2023Thursday
Memorial DayDec 07, 2024Saturday
Memorial DayDec 07, 2025Sunday
Memorial DayDec 07, 2026Monday

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