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Benin : 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

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    Sunday june 16, 2024TabaskiMuslim, Sufi
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    Friday june 28, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday august 1, 2024Independence DayNational Day
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    Thursday august 15, 2024AssumptionCatholic
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    Sunday september 15, 2024MaouloudMuslim, Sufi
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    Monday september 16, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday october 25, 2024All Saints - (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday november 1, 2024All Saints' DayCatholic
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    Monday november 11, 2024All Saints - (end)School holidays
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    Saturday december 7, 2024FITHEB (Festival International de Théâtre du Bénin)Events, celebrations...
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    Friday december 20, 2024Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tabaski

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    Sunday june 16, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi : Feast of the Sacrifice

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday june 28, 2024
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    Independence Day

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    Thursday august 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : Obtained from France on August 1, 1960

    Assumption

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    Thursday august 15, 2024
    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.

    Maouloud

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    Sunday september 15, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi : Prophet's Birthday

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday september 16, 2024
    School holidays :

    All Saints - (beginning)

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    Friday october 25, 2024
    School holidays :

    All Saints' Day

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    Friday november 1, 2024
    Catholic : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837. (World Book Encyclopedia)

    All Saints - (end)

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    Monday november 11, 2024
    School holidays :

    FITHEB (Festival International de Théâtre du Bénin)

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    Saturday december 7, 2024
    Culture : Lasts 1 week - in Cotonou 2024 edition NOT confirmed

    Winter holiday (beginning)

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    Friday december 20, 2024
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    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.