Public holidays in Rwanda

This is a list of public holidays in Rwanda. Rwanda observes fourteen[1] regular public holidays.

Additionally, the week following Genocide Memorial Day on 7 April is designated an official week of mourning.[2] The last Saturday of each month is umuganda, a national day of community service, during which most normal services remain closed until midday.[3]

Public holidays

Date English Name Comments
1 January New Year's Day
2 January New Year Holiday
1 February National Heroes Day An annual event to pay tribute to people who exemplified and defended the highest values of patriotism and sacrifice for the wellbeing of the country and its citizens.[4]
Friday before Easter Good Friday
Monday after Easter Easter Monday
7 April Genocide Memorial Day The Genocide Memorial Day public holiday memorializes victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.[5]
1 May Workers' Day Labour Day
1 July Independence Day Rwanda's National Day celebrates its independence from Belgium in July 1962.[6]
4 July Liberation Day Marks the end of the 100 day Genocide against the Tutsi that took place in 1994.[7]
15 August Assumption Day
First Friday of August Umuganura Day A Thanksgiving festival to mark the start of the harvest.[8]
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day
1 Shawwal Eid al-Fitr Festival of Breaking the Fast[9]
10 Dhu al-Hijjah Eid al-Adha Feast of the Sacrifice[10]

References

  1. ^ Republic of Rwanda. "Official Holidays". Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Briggs, Philip; Booth, Janice (2006). Rwanda - The Bradt Travel Guide (3rd ed.). London: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 61. ISBN 1-84162-180-3. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  3. ^ * Gahindiro, John (2008-06-02). "Making "Umuganda" More Useful". The New Times. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Heroes' Day in Rwanda in 2021". Office Holidays. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Genocide against the Tutsi Memorial Day in Rwanda in 2021". Office Holidays. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "Independence Day in Rwanda in 2021". Office Holidays. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  7. ^ "Liberation Day in Rwanda in 2021". Office Holidays. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "Umuganura Day in Rwanda in 2020". Office Holidays. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "Eid Ul Fitr in Rwanda in 2021". Office Holidays. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Eid El Haj in Rwanda in 2021". Office Holidays. Retrieved January 14, 2021.

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