In addition to religious and state events celebrated more widely throughout Timor-Leste, Ataúro has unique events. These include the very exuberant Betel Nut Festival held on the slopes above Anartutu in July. Dates vary depending on when the betel nuts are ready to harvest.
Visitors are welcome to participate in this festival and other commemorations held on Ataúro. Apart from important religious holidays such as – All Souls, All Saints, Christmas and Easter, most other events celebrate Timor-Leste’s recent independence as a nation. Examples include Popular Consultation, Restoration of Independence, Proclamation of Independence and Youth Days.