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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)
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    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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    Friday june 14, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday june 16, 2024Eid-ul-Adha - Sacrifice Day - Tabaski - Id-el-Kabir (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Sunday june 16, 2024Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday june 20, 2024Martyrs' DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday september 1, 2024Beginning of Armed UpraisingSecular holiday
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    Monday september 2, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday september 11, 2024Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash)Coptic
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    Sunday september 15, 2024Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Friday september 27, 2024Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)Rastafarian
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    Friday october 18, 2024Autumn holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday october 28, 2024Autumn holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday november 30, 2024Regional holidayCoptic
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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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    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday june 14, 2024
    School holidays :

    Eid-ul-Adha - Sacrifice Day - Tabaski - Id-el-Kabir (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Sunday june 16, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi :

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday june 16, 2024
    cards/flowers :

    Martyrs' Day

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    Thursday june 20, 2024
    Secular holiday : Since independence in 1991, the June 20 has been declared national holiday in tribute to all those who paid the ultimate price in the 30-year war to reclaim national independence as well as to those who lost their life in the previous war against Abyssinia.

    Beginning of Armed Upraising

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    Sunday september 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : On 1 September 1961, the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), under the leadership of Hamid Idris Awate, waged an armed struggle for independence Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday [Wikipedia]

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday september 2, 2024
    School holidays :

    Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash)

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    Wednesday september 11, 2024
    Coptic :

    Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Sunday september 15, 2024
    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)

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    Friday september 27, 2024
    Rastafarian : Observance of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, according to the Julian Calendar

    Autumn holiday (beginning)

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    Friday october 18, 2024
    School holidays :

    Autumn holiday (end)

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    Monday october 28, 2024
    School holidays :

    Regional holiday

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    Saturday november 30, 2024
    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.

    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.