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Eritrea : 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: Nakfa (ERN)
  • Check travel restrictions within the country with concerned consulate
    Internet domain: .er - Telephone code: +292 - International dialing code: 00
    Christian & Muslim communities usually observe their respective celebrations - GMT offset: +3 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Wednesday september 27, 2023Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Thursday september 28, 2023Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)Rastafarian
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    Thursday november 30, 2023Regional holidayCoptic
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday january 1, 2024New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday january 7, 2024Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
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    Tuesday january 9, 2024Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday january 20, 2024Orthodox EpiphanyOrthodox
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    Saturday february 10, 2024Fenkil DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Friday march 8, 2024Womens' DaySecular holiday
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    Monday march 11, 2024Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Friday march 29, 2024Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)

    Wednesday september 27, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet.

    Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)

    Thursday september 28, 2023
    Rastafarian : Observance of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, according to the Julian Calendar

    Regional holiday

    Thursday november 30, 2023
    Coptic : Aksum Mariam - The city of Aksum accepted Christianity as early as the 4th century AD, and almost immediately built the church of St. Mary of Tsion, the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Christmas Day

    Monday december 25, 2023
    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

    Monday january 1, 2024
    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

    Orthodox Christmas Day

    Sunday january 7, 2024
    Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Winter holiday (end)

    Tuesday january 9, 2024
    School holidays : Ministry of Education:

    Schooling is mandatory till age 14
    schools may remain open on Saturday
    school uniforms required
    Teaching languages in primary schools: Tigrinya, Beja, Arabic, Tigre, Kunama, Saho, Bilen, Nara, Afar
    in secondary schools: English

    We carry confirmed dates till Sep 2021; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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    Orthodox Epiphany

    Saturday january 20, 2024
    Orthodox : A Christian holiday (from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning manifestation or to appear) commemorating the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God . According to legend based on a Bible story, three kings (or wise men/magi), Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

    Fenkil Day

    Saturday february 10, 2024
    Culture : Commemorates the resistance. operation of 1990 to liberate the port city of Massawa.

    Womens' Day

    Friday march 8, 2024
    Secular holiday :

    Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

    Monday march 11, 2024
    cards/flowers :

    Spring holiday (beginning)

    Friday march 29, 2024
    School holidays :