Good Friday -
Friday March 30, 2018
Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.
Sunday April 1, 2018
Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday
Regional holiday -
Thursday April 12, 2018
Secular holiday : Fundación de Cuenca in Cuenca only
Beginning of school year (coastal regions) -
Monday April 16, 2018
School holidays : Esmeraldas, Guayas, Los Ríos, Manabí, El Oro, Santa Elena
Labor Day -
Monday April 30, 2018
Secular holiday :