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Sierra Leone : 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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    Saturday December 17, 2022Ma dengn Beach FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Boxing DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday December 27, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 3, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday February 18, 2023Armed Forces DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Womens' DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday March 23, 2023Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Saturday April 8, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Friday April 21, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday April 24, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday April 27, 2023Constitution DayNational Day
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    Saturday May 20, 2023Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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    Sunday May 28, 2023MarathonSports events
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    Saturday June 24, 2023General electionSpecial Events
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    Wednesday June 28, 2023Al Waqfa DayMuslim, Sufi
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    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday December 16, 2022
    School holidays :

    Ma dengn Beach Festival

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    Saturday December 17, 2022
    Culture : A celebration and promotion of culture and a catalyst in the Renaissance of Sierra Leone http://www.ntb.sl/ 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    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.

    Boxing Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    Secular holiday :

    Public holiday

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    Tuesday December 27, 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

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 3, 2023
    School holidays : Ministry of education
    https://mbsse.gov.sl/
    Schooling is officially mandatory till age 15, but half the children do not attend school
    Teaching language: English
    schools are closed on Sunday
    school uniforms required

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    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

    Armed Forces Day

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    Saturday February 18, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Womens' Day

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
    Secular holiday : The idea of an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions. Women from clothing and textile factories staged one such protest on 8 March 1857 in New York City. The garment workers were protesting what they saw as very poor working conditions and low wages. The protesters were attacked and dispersed by police. These women established their first labor union two years later.

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

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    Thursday March 23, 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.

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Saturday April 8, 2023
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    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

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

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    Friday April 21, 2023
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    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday April 24, 2023
    School holidays :

    Constitution Day

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    Thursday April 27, 2023
    Secular holiday : Sierra Leone became independent in 1961

    Parliamentary election

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    Saturday May 20, 2023
    Special Events :

    Marathon

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    Sunday May 28, 2023
    Sports events : Www.sierraleonemarathon.com/ 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    General election

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    Saturday June 24, 2023
    Special Events :

    Al Waqfa Day

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    Wednesday June 28, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi :