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Eritrea : 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: Nakfa (ERN)
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    Internet domain: .er - Telephone code: +292 - International dialing code: 00
    Christian & Muslim communities usually observe their respective celebrations - GMT offset: +3 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Wednesday November 30, 2022Regional holidayCoptic
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday January 7, 2023Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
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    Tuesday January 10, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday January 19, 2023Orthodox EpiphanyOrthodox
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    Friday February 10, 2023Fenkil DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Womens' DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday March 23, 2023Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Friday March 31, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday April 10, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday April 14, 2023Orthodox Good FridayOrthodox
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    Sunday April 16, 2023Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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    Friday April 21, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday May 24, 2023Independence DayNational Day
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    Regional holiday

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    Wednesday November 30, 2022
    Coptic : Aksum Mariam - The city of Aksum accepted Christianity as early as the 4th century AD, and almost immediately built the church of St. Mary of Tsion, the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    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

    Orthodox Christmas Day

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    Saturday January 7, 2023
    Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Winter holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 10, 2023
    School holidays : Ministry of Education: http://www.shabait.com

    Schooling is mandatory till age 14
    schools may remain open on Saturday
    school uniforms required
    Teaching languages in primary schools: Tigrinya, Beja, Arabic, Tigre, Kunama, Saho, Bilen, Nara, Afar
    in secondary schools: English

    We carry confirmed dates till Sep 2021; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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    Orthodox Epiphany

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    Thursday January 19, 2023
    Orthodox : A Christian holiday (from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning manifestation or to appear) commemorating the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God . According to legend based on a Bible story, three kings (or wise men/magi), Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

    Fenkil Day

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    Friday February 10, 2023
    Culture : Commemorates the resistance. operation of 1990 to liberate the port city of Massawa.

    Womens' Day

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
    Secular holiday : In Mainland China, 1/2 day holiday for women only

    Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday March 23, 2023
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    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
    School holidays :

    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    School holidays :

    Orthodox Good Friday

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    Friday April 14, 2023
    Orthodox : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter (or Pascha) The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy. The Easter bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place: Midnight Office... After the service the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home. The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days. One egg is cracked on the wall of the church (and this is the first egg eaten The ritual of cracking the eggs takes place before the Easter lunch. Each person selects his/her egg. Then people take turns tapping their egg against the eggs of others, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.

    Orthodox Easter

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    Sunday April 16, 2023
    Orthodox : Paid holiday

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Friday April 21, 2023
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    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 .

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    Independence Day

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    Wednesday May 24, 2023
    Secular holiday : When Emperor Haile Selassie unilaterally dissolved the Eritrean parliament and annexed the country in 1962, the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) waged an armed struggle for independence. The ensuing Eritrean War for Independence went on for 30 years against successive Ethiopian governments until 1991, when the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF), a successor of the ELF, defeated the Ethiopian forces in Eritrea and helped a coalition of Ethiopian rebel forces take control of the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa. Following a referendum Eritrea declared its independence and gained international recognition in 1993.