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Benin : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months


Currency: Communauté Africaine Financière Franc (XAF)
Internet domain: .bj - Telephone code: +229 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (no DST)
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Saturday January 1, 2022New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Thursday January 6, 2022Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday January 10, 2022Voodoo DaySecular holiday
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Monday February 14, 2022Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Friday February 18, 2022Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday February 28, 2022Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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Friday April 8, 2022Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday April 11, 2022Parliament recess (end)Special Events
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Monday April 18, 2022Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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Monday April 25, 2022Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday May 1, 2022Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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Monday May 2, 2022Tour du BéninSports events
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Monday May 2, 2022KoritéMuslim, Sufi
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Wednesday May 25, 2022Ascension holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Thursday May 26, 2022AscensionCatholic or protestant
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Monday May 30, 2022Ascension holiday (end)School holidays
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Friday June 3, 2022Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday June 6, 2022Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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Tuesday June 7, 2022Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday June 25, 2022Parliament recess (beginning)Special Events
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Friday July 1, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday July 4, 2022Parliament recess (beginning)Special Events
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Saturday July 9, 2022TabaskiMuslim, Sufi
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New Year's Day

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Saturday January 1, 2022
Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Winter holiday (end)

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Thursday January 6, 2022
School holidays : Http://gouv.bj
official calendar provided by the Ministry of Education
PISA ranking (average 493): not listed
Schooling is mandatory till age 14
Schools are open on Saturday
school uniforms not required

Dates confirmed till Oct 2022

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Voodoo Day

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Monday January 10, 2022
Secular holiday : In tribute to Vodoun, a traditional West African religion also known as Voodoo.

Valentine's Day

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Monday February 14, 2022
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

Winter holiday (beginning)

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Friday February 18, 2022
School holidays :

Winter holiday (end)

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Monday February 28, 2022
School holidays :

Spring holiday (beginning)

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Friday April 8, 2022
School holidays :

Parliament recess (end)

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Monday April 11, 2022
Special Events : In Porto-Novo

Easter Monday

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Monday April 18, 2022
Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

Spring holiday (end)

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Monday April 25, 2022
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Labor Day/May Day

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Sunday May 1, 2022
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

Tour du Bénin

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Monday May 2, 2022
Sports events : Bicycle race 2022 edition confirmed

Korité

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Monday May 2, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : End of Ramadan Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Ascension holiday (beginning)

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Wednesday May 25, 2022
School holidays :

Ascension

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Thursday May 26, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

Ascension holiday (end)

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Monday May 30, 2022
School holidays :

Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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Friday June 3, 2022
School holidays :

Whit Monday

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Monday June 6, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.

Pentecost holiday (end)

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Tuesday June 7, 2022
School holidays :

Parliament recess (beginning)

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Saturday June 25, 2022
Special Events :

Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday July 1, 2022
School holidays :

Parliament recess (beginning)

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Monday July 4, 2022
Special Events : In Porto Novo

Tabaski

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Saturday July 9, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : Feast of the Sacrifice