Burundi Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

DayDateHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - The original concept of Boxing Day was to open wooden box or clay containers where people placed gifts and share gifts with the less fortunate
2 JanMonNew Year's Day - Holiday
5 FebSunUnity Day - Holiday introduced by President Pierre Buyoya in an attempt to reconcile the warring ethnic groups of the Tutsi and the Hutu
6 FebMonUnity Day Holiday - Probable as Unity Day falls on a Sunday
6 AprThursPresident Ntaryamira Day - Commemorates the anniversary of President Cyprien Ntaryamira's death in 1994.
1 MayMonLabour Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
25 MayThursAscension Day - 40 days after Easter. Commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven
1 JulSatIndependence Day - Independence from Belgium in 1962. The territories of Burundi and Rwanda were occupied by Belgium during World War I and after the end of the war they became a Belgian League of Nations mandate territory
15 AugTueAssumption Day - Celebrates the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death
1 SeptFriEid Al Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
13 OctFriPrince Louis Rwagasore Day - This date commemorates anniversary of his death. Prince Louis Rwagasore was a national leader of Burundi and a hero fighting for independence of the nation from Belgian colonial rule
21 OctSatPresident Ndadaye's Day - Commemorates the death anniversary of Melchior Ndadaye, the first democratically elected and first Hutu President of Burundi.
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day - Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christians celebrate the birth of Christ

DayDateHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
5 FebFriUnity Day
6 AprWedPresident Ntaryamira Day
1 MaySunLabour Day (International Labour Day)
2 MayMonLaour Day Holiday (Probable as Labour Day falls on a Sunday)
5 MayThursAscension Day (40th days after Easter)
1 JulFriIndependence Day
15 AugMonAssumption Day
12 SeptMonEid Al Adha (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
13 OctThursPrince Louis Rwagasore Day
21 OctFriPresident Ndadaye's Day
1 NovTueAll Saints' Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonChristmas Day (Observed)

DayDateHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
5 FebMonUnity Day
6 AprFriPresident Ntaryamira Day
1 MayTueLabour Day (International Labour Day)
10 MayThursAscension Day (40th days after Easter)
1 JulSunIndependence Day
15 AugWedAssumption Day
22 AugWedEid Al Adha (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
13 OctSatPrince Louis Rwagasore Day
21 OctSunPresident Ndadaye's Day
1 NovThursAll Saints' Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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