Africa Holiday Schedule

Angola

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Colonial Repression Martyrs’ Day January 4
Day of the Armed Struggle February 4
International Women’s Day March 8
Day of Peace and Reconciliation April 4
Saints Day April 14
Labor Day May 1
Agostinho Neto’s Day and National Heroes Day September 17
Dia dos Finandos November 14
Independence Day November 14
Christmas Day December 25

Benin

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 14
Voodoo Celebration January 14
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 14
Ascension Day May 14
Pentecost Holiday (Monday) June 14
Independence Day August 14
Assomption day August 14
All saint day November 14
Christmas Day December 14

Botswana

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Ascension Day May 9
Sir Seretse Khama Day July 1
Presidents’ Day July 15
Presidents’ Day Holiday July 16
Botswana Day September 30
Botswana Day Holiday October 1

Burkina Faso

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Anniversary of the 1966 Coup D’etat January 3
Women’s Day March 8
Labor Day May 1
Independence Day August 5
Assumption August 15
All Saints Day November 1
Proclamation of the Republic December 11
Christmas December 25

Burundi

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Unity Day February 5
Labor Day May 1
Ascension May 14
Independence Day July 1
Assumption August 15
Rwagasore Day October 13
Ndadaye Day October 21
All Saints’ Day November 1
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Cameroon

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Independence Day from France in 1960 January 1
Youth Day February 11
Labor Day May 1
National Day May 20
Assumption August 15
Christmas Day December 25

Cape Verde

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Democracy Day January 13
Heroes’ Day January 20
Carnival Month of February
Labor Day May 1
Children’s Day June 1
Independence Day July 5
Assumption (Day of Our Lady Grace) August 15
National Holiday September 12
All Saints’ Day November 1
Christmas Day December 25

Central African Republic

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Boganda Day March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Ascension May 9
Whit Monday May 20
General Prayer Day June 30
Independence Day August 13
Assumption August 15
All Saints’ Day November 1
Christmas Day December 25

Chad

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
End of Ramadan August 8
Independence Day August 11
Assumption August 15
All Saints’ Day November 1
Republic Day November 28
Republic Day December 1
Freedom and Democracy Day December 1
Prophet’s Birthday varies
Christmas Day December 25

Comoros

Holiday

Date

Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) January 24
Anniversary of the Death of President Said March 18
Mohamed Cheikh  
Labor Day May 1
Anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity May 25
Anniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih May 29
Independence Day July 6
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 8
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) October 15
Muharram (Islamic New Year) November 4
Ashura November 13
Anniversary of the Death of President Ahmed Abdallah November 26
Christmas Day December 25

Congo

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Easter Day April 14
Labor Day May 1
Ascension Day May 9
Whit Monday May 20
Reconciliation Day June 10
National Day August 15
All Saints Day November 1
Republic Day November 28
Christmas Day December 25

Congo, Democratic Republic of

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Martyrs of Independence Day January 4
Anniversaries of Assassination of National Heroes January 16–17
Labor Day May 1
National Liberation Day May 17
Independence Day June 30
Parents Day August 1
Christmas Day December 25

Djibouti

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)* January 14
Labor Day May 1
Lailat al Miraj May 14
Independence Day June 27
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) July 14
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) October 14
El-am-Hejir (Islamic New Year) October 14
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 14

Equatorial Guinea

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
March Equinox March 20
Maundy Thursday March 28
Good Friday March 29
Labor Day May 1
Corpus Christi May 30
Presidents’ Day June 5
June Solstice June 21
Freedom Day August 3
Constitution Day August 15
September Equinox September 22
Independence Day October 12
Feast of the Immaculate Conception December 8
Human Rights Day December 10
December Solstice December 21
Christmas Day December 25

Eritrea

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Orthodox Christmas January 7
Epiphany January 19
Birth of the Prophet February 5
Fenkil Day February 10
Women’s Day March 8
Good Friday March 29
Easter April 14
May Day May 1
Independence Day May 24

Ethiopia

Holiday

Date

Epiphany January 19
Mawlid January 24
Victory at Adwa Day March 2
Good Friday March 29
Easter April 14
Labor Day May 1
Patriot’s Day May 5
Derg Downfall Day May 28
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 8
Geez New Year September 11
Finding of the True Cross September 27
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) October 15
Christmas Day December 25

Gabon

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Renovation Day March 12
Easter Monday April 14
Women’s Day April 17
Labor Day May 1
Whit Monday May 20
Assumption August 15
Independence Day August 16
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 8
All Saints’ Day November 1

The Gambia

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Independence Day February 18
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Africa Day May 25
Revolution Day July 22
Assumption August 15
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) October 15
Ashura November 13
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 14

Ghana

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 14
Independence Day March 14
Good Friday March 14
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 14
AU Day May 14
Republic Day July 14
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 14
Founder’s Day September 14
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) October 14
farmers day December 14
Christmas Day December 14
boxing day December 14

Guinea

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 14
Maouloud (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) January 14
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 14
AU Day May 14
Lailatoul  Ghadr July 14
Eid EL Fitr (end of Ramadan) July 14
Assumption August 14
Independence Day October 14
Eid al Adha (feast of the sacrifice) October 14
Christmas Day December 14

Guinea-Bissau

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Heroes Day January 20
Women’s Day March 8
Labor Day May 1
Pidjiguiti Day August 3
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 8
National Day September 24
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) October 15
Readjustment Day November 14
Christmas Day December 25

Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Ascension Day May 9
Whit Monday May 20
Independence Day August 7
Assumption August 15
All Saints Day November 1
National Peace Day November 15
Christmas Day December 25

Kenya

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Good Friday April 14
Easter Monday Arpil 21
Labor Day May 1
Madaraka Day June 1
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) July 28, 29, 30, 31
Mashujaa Day October 20
Jamhuri Day December 12
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Lesotho

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Moshoeshoe Day March 11
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Workers’ Day May 1
Ascension May 9
Africa Day / Heroes’ Day May 25
King Letsie III’s Birthday July 17
Independence Day October 4
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Liberia

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 14
Armed Forces Day February 14
Decoration Day March 14
J.J. Roberts’ Birthday March 14
Fast and Prayer Day April-14
National Unification Day May-14
Independence Day July-14
Flag Day August 14
Thanksgiving November 14
President W.V.S. Tubman’s Birthday November 14
Christmas Day December 14

Madagascar

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Martyrs’ Day March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Ascension May 9
Whit Monday May 20
Independence Day June 26
Macy’s Day June 26
Assumption August 15
William Tubman’s Birthday November 29
Christmas Day December 25

Malawi

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
John Chilembwe Day January 15
Martyr’s Day March 3
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Kamuzu Day May 14
Independence Day July 6
Mother’s Day October 15
All Saints Day November 1
Christmas Day December 25

Mali

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Army Day January 20
Martyr’s Day March 26
Easter Monday April 14
Workers’ Day May 1
Africa Day May 25
Independence Day September 22
Prophet’s Birthday varies
Prophet’s Baptism varies
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Mauritania

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Aïd el-Maouloud January 24
Labor Day May 1
African Liberation Day May 25
Armed Forces Day July 10
Korité August 8
Tabaski October 15
Islamic New Year November 4
Independence Day November 28

Mauritius

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day Jan 1-2
Thaipossam Cavadee January 14
Chinese Spring Festival January 14
Abolition of Slavery February 14
Maha Shivaratree February 14
National Day March 14
Ougadi March 14
Labor Day May 14
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) July 14
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary August 14
Ganesh Chaturthi August 14
All Saints Day TBC
Divali October 14
Arrival of Indentured Labourers November 14
Christmas Day December 14

Mozambique

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Heroes’ Day February 3
Women’s Day April 7
Workers’ Day May 1
Independence Day June 25
Victory Day September 7
Revolution Day September 25
Day of Peace and Reconciliation October 4
Christmas Day December 25

Namibia

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Independence Day March 21
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Workers’ Day May 1
Cassinga Day May 4
Ascension Day May 9
Africa Day May 25
Heroes’ Day August 26
Human Rights Day December 10
Christmas Day December 25
Day of Goodwill December 26

Niger

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) January 24
Easter Monday April 14
Concord Day April 24
Labor Day May 1
Independence Day August 3
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 8
Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice) October 15
Republic Day December 18
Christmas Day December 25

Nigeria

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Id El Moulud January 24
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
AU Day May 25
Democracy Day May 29
Ramadan August 8
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 9
Independence Day October 1
Id el Kabir October 15–16
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Rwanda

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Heroes Day February 1
Genocide Memorial Day April 7
Good Friday April 14
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Independence Day July 1
Liberation Day July 4
Assumption August 15
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

São Tomé and Principe

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Martyrs’ Day February 3
Labor Day May 1
Independence Day July 12
Armed Forces Day September 6
Agricultural Reform Day September 30
All Saints Day November 1
São Tomé Day December 21
Christmas Day December 25

Senegal

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Easter Monday April 14
Independence Day April 4
Labor Day May 1
Ascension Day May 9
Pentecost May 20
Assumption Day August 15
All Saints’ Day November 1
Christmas Day December 25

Seychelles

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1–2
Good Friday March 29
Easter Sunday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Corpus Christi May 30
Liberation Day June 5
National Day June 18
Independence Day June 29
Assumption Day August 15
All Saints’ Day November 1
Immaculate Conception December 8
Christmas Day December 25

Sierra Leone

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1–2
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Independence Day April 27
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) August 8
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) October 15
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Somalia

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) January 14
Labor Day May 1
Independence of State of Somaliland June 26
Republic Day July 14
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) July 14
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) October 14
Ashura November 14

South Africa

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Human Rights Day March 21
Family Day April 1
Good Friday April 14
Family Day April 14
Freedom Day April 27
Public Holiday April 14
Workers’ Day May 1
Youth Day June 16
National Women’s Day August 9
Heritage Day September 24
Day of Reconciliation December 16
Christmas Day December 25
Day of Goodwill December 26

Sudan

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Coptic Christmas January 7
Milad un Nabi January 16
Coptic Easter April 14
Labour Day May 14
Revolution Day June 30
Independence Day July 14
Eid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) July 14
Eid-Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) October 14
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December-14

Swaziland

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
King Mswati III’s Birthday April 19
National Flag Day April 25
Labor Day May 1
Ascension Day May 9
King Father’s Birthday July 22
Reed Dance Day August 1
Somhlolo Day September 6
Incwala Ceremony December 1
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Tanzania

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Zanzibar Revolution Day January 12
Maulid Day January 15, 16
The Sheikh Abeid Amam Karume Day April 14
Good Friday April 14
Easter Monday April 14
Union Celebrations April 26
Workers’ Day May 1
International Trade Fair July 7
Eid al-Fitr* (End of Ramadan) July 28, 29, 30, 31
Farmer’s Dau August 14
Eid al-Adha October 4, 5, 6, 7
Nyerere Day October 14
Republic Day December 9
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26

Togo

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 14
Easter April 14
Easter Monday April 14
Independence Day April 14
Workers’ Day May 14
Ascension Day May14
Pentecost June 14
Whit Monday June 14
Martyrs Day June 14
Ramadan TBA
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) TBA
Assumption August 14
1986 Attack September 14
The Mwalimu Nyerere Day TBA
Did-El-Hajj TBA
All saint’s day November 1st
Christmas Day December 14

Uganda

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Liberation Day January 26
Women’s Day March 8
Good Friday April 14
Easter Monday April 14
Labor Day May 1
Martyrs’ Day June 3
Heroes Day June 9
Eid al-Fitr* (End of Ramadan) July 28, 29, 30, 31
Independence Day October 9
Idd Ul Fitr August, date not known yet
Idd Ul Aduwa December, date not known
Christmas Day December 14
Boxing Day December 14

Zambia

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Youth Day March 12
Good Friday March 29
Easter Monday April 14
Labour Day May 1
African Freedom Day May 25
Heroes’ Day July 1
Unity Day July 2
Farmers’ Day August 5
Independence Day October 24
Christmas Day December 25

Zimbabwe

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day January 1
Independence Day April 18
Africa Day May 25
The Public Women’s Day and Children’s Day July 2
Heroes’ Day August 12
Armed Forces Day August 13
Unity Week December 18–23
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26
Shangani Week December 27–31