New Year's Day -
Friday January 1, 2021
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 -
Thursday January 7, 2021
Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Winter holiday (end) -
Tuesday January 12, 2021
School holidays : Information provided by the Asmara International Community School
Ministry of Education: http://www.shabait.com
Schooling is mandatory till age 14
schools may remain open on Saturday
school uniforms required
Languages in primary schools: Tigrinya, Beja, Arabic, Tigre, Kunama, Saho, Bilen, Nara, Afar
in secondary schools: English
confirmed till July 2020
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Orthodox Epiphany -
Tuesday January 19, 2021
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 -
Wednesday February 10, 2021
Culture : Commemorates the resistance. operation of 1990 to liberate the port city of Massawa.
Regional holiday -
Monday November 30, 2020
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.
Winter holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 18, 2020
School holidays :
Christmas Day -
Friday December 25, 2020
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.