When is Cape Verde Independence Day?
Every year on July 5th, the country commemorates its independence from Portugal. This official holiday is marked with numerous events such as political speeches, parades and performances.
Cape Verde is home to a diverse population, consisting of descendants of Africans (free or slave) as well as Europeans from various origins. A significant portion of this population emigrated to the United States and Europe, particularly Brazil, Portugal and France.
Independence Day is a festive event celebrated across all of the islands and features vibrant colors, intense drinking and delicious feasting. Join in on this exciting way to experience Cape Verdean lifestyle and culture first-hand!
Flag and National Anthem
The flag of Cape Verde is blue with broad white stripes and a narrow red band. It features 10 five-point stars, signifying the 10 major islands located within this territory.
Cape Verde was discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century and quickly established itself as a center for trade between Africa, Europe and America. Due to its strategic location on the Atlantic slave trade route during the 17th and 18th centuries, it became a prosperous colony.
Economically, Madagascar experienced a steep decline during the 19th century due to droughts, famine and pirate attacks. As a result, thousands of people fled to Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Europe for safety.
The country’s history was complicated by its role in the colonial movement, as it became a Portuguese overseas territory in 1879. As such, nationalist sentiment arose there and eventually culminated in 1956 with the formation of African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cabo Verde (PAIGC) in Bissau. This party would go on to fight against Portugal during the Portuguese Colonial War from 1961-1974, taking control over most of Portuguese Guinea-Bissau.