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Cameroon : 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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    Friday December 16, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 3, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday January 27, 2023SIARCTradeshows
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    Saturday February 11, 2023Day of YouthSecular holiday
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Sunday February 19, 2023Ascension du Mont CamerounSports events
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    Monday February 27, 2023Shrove Monday/Green Mondaycards/flowers
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Womens' DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Saturday March 25, 2023Greek National Daycards/flowers
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    Friday March 31, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 17, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday April 21, 2023KoritéMuslim, Sufi
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labour DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday May 17, 2023Ascension holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday May 18, 2023AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Saturday May 20, 2023National HolidayNational Day
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    Monday May 22, 2023Ascension holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday May 28, 2023Mother's Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday May 31, 2023Tour du CamerounSports events
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    Wednesday June 28, 2023Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Christmas 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.

    Public holiday

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    Secular holiday :

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    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

    Public holiday

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 3, 2023
    School holidays : Http://www.minesec.gov.cm
    Official calendar gazetted by the Ministry

    Schooling is mandatory till age 12
    schools remain open on Saturday
    number of instructional weeks: 36
    Number of instructional hours: 1260
    Maximum amout of pupils by class: 60
    school uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till Aug 2023

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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    SIARC

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    Friday January 27, 2023
    Tradeshows : Lasts 1 week - in Yaoundé articraft 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    Day of Youth

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    Saturday February 11, 2023
    Secular holiday : Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    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

    Ascension du Mont Cameroun

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    Sunday February 19, 2023
    Sports events : 2023 edition not confirmed

    Shrove Monday/Green Monday

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    Monday February 27, 2023
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    Womens' Day

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
    Culture : Considered a bank holiday by most women and schools in Cameroon.

    Greek National Day

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    Saturday March 25, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
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    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    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.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday April 17, 2023
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    Korité

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    Friday April 21, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Djoulde Soumae, end of Ramadan

    Labour Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Ascension holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday May 17, 2023
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    Ascension

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

    National Holiday

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    Saturday May 20, 2023
    Secular holiday : Constitution ratified in 1972 Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Ascension holiday (end)

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    Monday May 22, 2023
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    Mother's Day

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    Sunday May 28, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation.

    Tour du Cameroun

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    Wednesday May 31, 2023
    Sports events : Cycling 2023 edition confirmed

    Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Wednesday June 28, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : The second main celebration of Islam. It celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj , to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia.