Goa Liberation Day

Goa Liberation Day

Today is the Goa, Daman and Diu Liberation Day. It is observed on December 19 every year. The Goa Liberation Day is celebrated in commemoration of the Indian armed forces annexing Portuguese-ruled Goa.

Goa was annexed by the Indian Army on 19 December 1961, from around 451 years of Portuguese rule.

The fight for freedom began in the 1940s. India became independent from British rule in 1947. But Goa remained a Portuguese colony until 1961. India’s independence in 1947 instilled a sense of patriotism and confidence in the residents of Goa, Daman and Diu who were now filled with the desire of throwing of the yoke of foreign rule.

In 1961, the Indian army invaded the state after the Portuguese fired at Indian fishing boats, killing one fisherman.