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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


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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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Friday July 1, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Saturday July 9, 2022TabaskiMuslim, Sufi
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Monday August 1, 2022Independence DayNational Day
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Monday August 15, 2022AssumptionCatholic
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Tuesday September 20, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday October 8, 2022MaouloudMuslim, Sufi
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Friday October 28, 2022All Saints - (beginning)School holidays
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Tuesday November 1, 2022All Saints' DayCatholic
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Monday November 14, 2022All Saints - (end)School holidays
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Saturday December 3, 2022FITHEB (Festival International de Théâtre du Bénin)Events, celebrations...
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Friday December 16, 2022Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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Friday June 3, 2022
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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
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Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday July 1, 2022
School holidays :

Tabaski

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

Independence Day

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Monday August 1, 2022
Secular holiday : Obtained from France on August 1, 1960

Assumption

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Monday August 15, 2022
Catholic : Dogma defined by the Catholic Church on November 1, 1950, when Pope Pius XII declared that at the end of her life, Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven.

Summer holiday (end)

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Tuesday September 20, 2022
School holidays :

Maouloud

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Saturday October 8, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : Prophet's Birthday

All Saints - (beginning)

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Friday October 28, 2022
School holidays :

All Saints' Day

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Tuesday November 1, 2022
Catholic : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837. (World Book Encyclopedia)

All Saints - (end)

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Monday November 14, 2022
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FITHEB (Festival International de Théâtre du Bénin)

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Saturday December 3, 2022
Culture : Lasts 1 week - in Cotonou 2022 edition NOT confirmed

Winter holiday (beginning)

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Friday December 16, 2022
School holidays :

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.