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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


Currency: Communauté Africaine Financière Franc (XAF)
Internet domain: .bj - Telephone code: +229 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (no DST)
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Monday August 15, 2022AssumptionCatholic
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Monday September 19, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday October 8, 2022MaouloudMuslim, Sufi
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Friday October 28, 2022All Saints - (beginning)School holidays
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Monday November 14, 2022All Saints - (end)School holidays
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Friday December 16, 2022Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 2, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday January 8, 2023Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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Tuesday January 10, 2023Voodoo DaySecular holiday
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Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Friday February 17, 2023Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Assumption

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Monday August 15, 2022
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.

Summer holiday (end)

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Monday September 19, 2022
School holidays :

Maouloud

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Saturday October 8, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : Prophet's Birthday

All Saints - (beginning)

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Friday October 28, 2022
School holidays :

All Saints - (end)

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Monday November 14, 2022
School holidays :

Winter holiday (beginning)

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Friday December 16, 2022
School holidays :

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
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.

New Year's Day

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Sunday January 1, 2023
Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Winter holiday (end)

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Monday January 2, 2023
School holidays : Http://gouv.bj
official calendar provided by the Ministry of Education
PISA ranking (average 493): not listed
Schooling is mandatory till age 14
Schools are open on Saturday
school uniforms not required

Dates confirmed till Oct 2022

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Parliamentary election

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Sunday January 8, 2023
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Voodoo Day

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Tuesday January 10, 2023
Secular holiday : In tribute to Vodoun, a traditional West African religion also known as Voodoo.

Valentine's Day

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Tuesday February 14, 2023
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

Winter holiday (beginning)

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Friday February 17, 2023
School holidays :