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Mozambique : 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: Metical (MZM)
  • Internet domain: .mz - Telephone code: +258 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Friday December 9, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday December 24, 2022Optional holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Wednesday January 11, 2023Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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    Friday February 3, 2023Heroes DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday April 7, 2023Womens' DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labour DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 7, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday May 12, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday May 29, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday June 26, 2023Independence DayNational Day
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    Thursday June 29, 2023Optional holidayMuslim, Sufi
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    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday December 9, 2022
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    Optional holiday

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    Saturday December 24, 2022
    Secular holiday :

    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.

    Public holiday

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    Monday December 26, 2022
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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

    School holidays

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    School holidays : Official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
    https://www.saseducacao.gov.mz/
    Schooling is mandatory till age 12
    50% of children do not attend school
    Teaching language: Portuguese
    schools close on Sunday
    school uniforms may be required

    We carry confirmed dates till Feb 2023

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    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
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    Beginning of school year

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    Wednesday January 11, 2023
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    Heroes Day

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    Friday February 3, 2023
    Secular holiday : Marks the assassination of Frelimo's leader Eduardo Mondlane in 1969. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    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

    Womens' Day

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

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

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]

    Labour 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 7, 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.

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday May 12, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday May 29, 2023
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    Independence Day

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    Monday June 26, 2023
    Secular holiday : Marks the foundation of African political party Frelimo (Frente de Libertaçao de Moçambique) in 1962, which attained independence from Portugal in 1975.

    Optional holiday

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    Thursday June 29, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Eid al-Adha for Muslim workers only