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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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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday January 5, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday January 8, 2023Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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    Tuesday January 10, 2023Voodoo DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday February 17, 2023Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday February 27, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday April 5, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday April 11, 2023Tour du BéninSports events
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    Thursday April 20, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday April 21, 2023KoritéMuslim, Sufi
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday May 17, 2023Ascension holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday May 18, 2023AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Monday May 22, 2023Ascension holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday May 26, 2023Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday May 29, 2023Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday May 30, 2023Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Winter holiday (end)

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    Thursday January 5, 2023
    School holidays : Http://gouv.bj
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    Schooling is mandatory till age 14
    Schools are open on Saturday
    school uniforms not required

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    Parliamentary election

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    Sunday January 8, 2023
    Special Events :

    Voodoo Day

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    Tuesday January 10, 2023
    Secular holiday : In tribute to Vodoun, a traditional West African religion also known as Voodoo.

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    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 17, 2023
    School holidays :

    Winter holiday (end)

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    Monday February 27, 2023
    School holidays :

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday April 5, 2023
    School holidays :

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    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.

    Tour du Bénin

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    Tuesday April 11, 2023
    Sports events : Bicycle race 2022 edition confirmed

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Thursday April 20, 2023
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    Korité

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    Friday April 21, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : End of Ramadan Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    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 .

    Ascension holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday May 17, 2023
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    Ascension

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    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 22, 2023
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    Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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    Friday May 26, 2023
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    Whit Monday

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    Monday May 29, 2023
    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 May 30, 2023
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