As with the rest of Africa, the old Angolan civilization has a plethora of traditional Luanda celebrations that have survived intact over the decades. They are not only intriguing glimpses into the ancient civilizations that existed here, but also joyful and unforgettable experiences. Therefore, for all those brave tourists to Luanda who want to experience the enchantment of Luanda festivals, here is a list of national festivals and festivities that you will not want to miss.
Luanda Jazz Festival and Other Festivals
Both the Luanda Jazz Festival and the Feira Internacional de Angola take place in July. Independence Day festivities are vibrant and popular events that are enjoyed by everybody in November in Luanda. In January, you could also choose to celebrate Luanda Day or Martyrs of Colonial Repression.
Carnival and Celebration Days
February commemorates the armed fight against colonial persecution, and it was on April 4 that a cease-fire was announced, thus ending the Civil War. Carnival, which concludes the day before Ash Wednesday each year, is a must-see. Prepare to enjoy Christmas from December 24th through early January of the following year.
Dance and Music
Many of the major art and cultural events will undoubtedly include plenty of song, dance, and music, so it’s unsurprising that the first international jazz festival was recently held in Luanda.
Carnivals and Fairs
Carnivals and fairs are popular in Portugal, owing to the Portuguese influence. In July, Luanda hosts a religious freedom festival, which brings together people of many religions from across the globe to commemorate the aspiration for religious freedom on earth.