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Easter**Sunday April 1, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday*Monday April 2, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Parliament recess (end)*Monday April 9, 2018Special Events 
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spring holiday (beginning)Saturday April 21, 2018School holidays 
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Labor Day/May Day*Tuesday May 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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spring holiday (end)Monday May 7, 2018School holidays 
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Ascension*Thursday May 10, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost (beginning)Friday May 18, 2018School holidays 
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Whit Monday*Monday May 21, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Pentecost (end)Tuesday May 22, 2018School holidays 
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Korité**Friday June 15, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Saturday June 30, 2018Special Events 
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Parliament recess (beginning)*Monday July 2, 2018Special Events 
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summer holiday (beginning)Thursday July 5, 2018School holidays 
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Independence DayWednesday August 1, 2018National Day 
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Assumption*Wednesday August 15, 2018Catholic 
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Tabaski*Tuesday August 21, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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summer holiday (end)Thursday September 6, 2018School holidays 
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Parliament recess (end)*Thursday October 25, 2018Special Events 
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All Saints - (beginning)Friday October 26, 2018School holidays 
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Easter -
Sunday April 1, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Easter Monday -
Monday April 2, 2018

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.


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday April 9, 2018

Special Events : In Porto-Novo


Spring holiday (beginning) -
Saturday April 21, 2018

School holidays :


Labor Day/May Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

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 .


Spring holiday (end) -
Monday May 7, 2018

School holidays :


Ascension -
Thursday May 10, 2018

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.


Pentecost (beginning) -
Friday May 18, 2018

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Whit Monday -
Monday May 21, 2018

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 (end) -
Tuesday May 22, 2018

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Korité -
Friday June 15, 2018

Muslim, Sufi : End of Ramadan Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Saturday June 30, 2018

Special Events :


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Monday July 2, 2018

Special Events : In Porto Novo


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Thursday July 5, 2018

School holidays :


Independence Day -
Wednesday August 1, 2018

Secular holiday :


Assumption -
Wednesday August 15, 2018

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.


Tabaski -
Tuesday August 21, 2018

Muslim, Sufi : Feast of the Sacrifice


Summer holiday (end) -
Thursday September 6, 2018

School holidays :


Parliament recess (end) -
Thursday October 25, 2018

Special Events : In Porto-Novo


All Saints - (beginning) -
Friday October 26, 2018

School holidays :