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Pidjiguiti Day
Guinea-Bissau

Pidjiguiti Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Guinea-Bissau

Every 3 August, the people of Guinea-Bissau observe the solemn public holiday known as Pidjiguiti Day.

YearDateDayHoliday
20203 AugMonPidjiguiti Day
20213 AugTuePidjiguiti Day
20223 AugWedPidjiguiti Day
20233 AugThuPidjiguiti Day
20243 AugSatPidjiguiti Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Pidjiguiti Day commemorates the massacre of some 50 people by Portuguese colonial authorities at the Pidjiguiti Dockyard of the city of Bissau on 3 August, 1959. The dock workers went on strike, being encouraged to do so by a group supporting independence for Guinea-Bissau and neighbouring French Guinea and Cape Verde.

This was the first major action take by independence leaders, and that’s why Pidjiguiti Day is also called “Colonisation Martyr’s Day”.

On Pidjiguiti Day, the people of Guinea-Bissau traditionally light candles or take part in torchlight processions. They will also observe an official national five-minute period of silence. The president of Guinea-Bissau always gives a solemn speech on this day as well, which is put on TV and watched by the whole nation.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20193 AugSatPidjiguiti Day
20183 AugFriPidjiguiti Day
20173 AugThuPidjiguiti Day