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SaoTomé and Principe : 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: Dobra (STD)
Internet domain: .st - Telephone code: +239 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: 0 (DST: no)
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Friday September 30, 2022Agricultural Reform DaySecular holiday
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Saturday November 26, 2022Algiers Agreement DayEvents, celebrations...
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Wednesday December 21, 2022Saint ThomasCatholic
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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, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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Wednesday January 4, 2023Heroes DayEvents, celebrations...
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Friday February 3, 2023Martyrs' DaySecular holiday
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Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Friday February 17, 2023Carnival holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Wednesday February 22, 2023Carnival holiday (end)School holidays
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Agricultural Reform Day

Friday September 30, 2022
Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Algiers Agreement Day

Saturday November 26, 2022
Culture : The new Portuguese regime was committed to the dissolution of its overseas colonies; on November 26, 1974, the representatives of Portugal met with the MLSTP party in Algiers and worked out an agreement for the transfer of sovereignty. After a period of transitional government, Sao Tome and Principe achieved independence on July 12, 1975.

Saint Thomas

Wednesday December 21, 2022
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Christmas Day

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

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

Christmas holiday (end)

Monday January 2, 2023
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official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
Schooling is officially mandatory till age 15, but most children leave school at 10
Teaching languages: Portuguese
schools are closed on Sunday
school uniforms required

Dates confirmed till July 2022; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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Heroes Day

Wednesday January 4, 2023
Culture : Dia do Rei Amador - King Amador is the emblematic figure of the struggle for the liberation of slaves from Portuguese colonists in the sixteenth century.

Martyrs' Day

Friday February 3, 2023
Secular holiday : Commemoration of the Batepá massacre in Feb 1953 Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Valentine's Day

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

Carnival holiday (beginning)

Friday February 17, 2023
School holidays :

Carnival holiday (end)

Wednesday February 22, 2023
School holidays :