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National Heroes Day (Timor-Leste) – December 31, 2023

Every year, National Heroes Day is observed on December 31. The day also provides East Timorese citizens the opportunity to revisit their short but bloody history that led to their independence. People joined a violent independence struggle against Indonesia under the leadership of Nicolau Lobato, who was arrested and killed by the invading army.


National Heroes Day is a public holiday in East Timor. The day also commemorates the death anniversary of politician Nicolau Lobato. The day is celebrated each year in December to pay tribute to Lobato, the first Prime Minister of East Timor. It honours his valour and bravery. On this day people pay tribute to the sacrifices Lobato made for his homeland.


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What countries celebrate National Heroes Day?

National Heroes’ Day is celebrated in East Timor and the Philippines.

Why is National Heroes Day celebrated?

National Heroes Day is marked to honour the sacrifices made by Lobato to make East Timor an independent state.


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