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Benin - bank and public holidays of the world - 1970-2070

full calendar of public and bank holidays of the world (and banks closures), from 1970 until 2070 for Benin



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New Year's DayFriday January 1, 2016Secular holiday 
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winter holiday (end)**Saturday January 2, 2016School holidays 
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Voodoo Day*Sunday January 10, 2016Secular holiday 
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Maouloud*Sunday December 11, 2016Muslim, Sufi 
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winter holiday (beginning)Friday December 16, 2016School holidays 
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Christmas Day*Sunday December 25, 2016Catholic or protestant 
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New Year's Day -
Sunday January 1, 2017

Secular holiday :


Winter holiday (end) -
Monday January 2, 2017

School holidays (please double check) : Http://gouv.bj official calendar provided by the Ministry of Education confirmed till Oct 2016


Voodoo Day -
Tuesday January 10, 2017

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


Maouloud -
Sunday December 11, 2016

Muslim, Sufi : Prophet's Birthday


Winter holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 16, 2016

School holidays (please double check) :


Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016

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.