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Peace and National Reconciliation Day
Mozambique

Peace and National Reconciliation Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Mozambique

In Mozambique, every 4 October is a national public holiday called Peace and National Reconciliation Day. The holiday marks the end of the over 15-year long civil war that ravaged the country beginning in 1977.

YearDateDayHoliday
20214 OctMonPeace and National Reconciliation Day
20224 OctTuePeace and National Reconciliation Day
20234 OctWedPeace and National Reconciliation Day
20244 OctFriPeace and National Reconciliation Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Immediately after the independence war against Portugal and the recognition of independence in 1975, a struggle began over who would rule Mozambique. The pro-Communist rebel group (Mozambique Liberation Front) took charge in 1977, and the pro-Democratic rebel group (Mozambique National Resistance) immediately fought back.

Civil war raged for 15 years. But in 1990, after the pro-Communist president of Mozambique died in an aviation accident, peace talks commenced. By 4 October, 1992, the two sides signed a peace agreement in Rome that ended the war.

To commemorate the coming of peace after seemingly endless war, 4 October was designated Peace and National Reconciliation Day. The largest events of the day take place in Maputo, but there are smaller events all over the country.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20204 OctSunPeace and National Reconciliation Day
5 OctMonPeace and National Reconciliation Day Holiday
20194 OctFriPeace and National Reconciliation Day
20184 OctThuPeace and National Reconciliation Day
20174 OctWedPeace and National Reconciliation Day