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National Holidays and Festivals

In this section you will find the dates and information on Cape Verde national holidays, festivals and what takes place on these special days. If you are visiting during one of the dates it is a perfect way to see some real Cape Verde life and get involved.

1st January - New Year

13th January - Liberty and Democracy Day

20th January - National Heroes Day

1st May - Labour Day

5th July - National Independence Day

15th August - Day of our Lady Grace

1st November - All Saints' Day

25th December - Christmas Day

Festival Baía das Gatas on Sao Vicente - August

This festival is full of music, dancing, great food and fun.

The music comes from Cape Verdean, European and Brazilian artists who live on the island or visit for the festival, to perform. There are many styles of music performed like classic Cape Verdean (morna, coladeira and funann), rock, hip hop, samba and many many more.

The food is varied but with lots of fresh fish and seafood being eaten, due to the closeness of the sea to the festival. A Cape Verde speciality is also made which is Cachupa. Cachupa is a local dish made of corn and meat or fish and is stewed over a flame for many hours. Visit our food page for more information on Cape Verdean Food.

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Cape Verde Facts

Capital - Praia
Official Language - Portuguese
Area - 4,033km²
Population - 507,000
Currency - Cape Verdean Escudu
Time zone - GMT-1
Calling code - +238

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