Ecuador 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.
  • Ecuador or officially the Republic of Ecuador, is a representative democratic republic in northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west
  • Most festivals and annual parades are based on religious celebrations, many incorporating a mixture of rites and icons
  • For nationally recognize public holidays, employers are require to provide a day off to their employees.
  • Pay day off is subject to agreement in employment contract between employer and their employees.
  • Employers require to provide replacement holiday for employees that work on public holidays due to nature of their business
  • Ecuador government encourage long weekend for holiday celebrations, they will move holidays fall on middle of the week to nearest Monday or Friday to make an extended weekend for family gathering as well to boost local tourism

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Año Nuevo) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
27 FebMonCarnival Monday - Compensated by Sat 13 February. Date (Monday & Tuesday) varies per liturgical calendar
28 FebTueCarnival Tuesday - Compensated by Sat 20 February
14 AprFriGood Friday (Viernes Santo) - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
16 AprSunEaster Day - Is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
1 MayMonLabour Day (Día del Trabajo) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
24 MayWedAnniversary of the Battle of Pichincha (Batalla de Pichincha) - Always falls on May 24th each year and celebrates the patriot army's victory over the Spanish army setting in place the independence of Ecuador
24 JulMonSimon Bolivar Day - Commemorates the birthday of Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan who played an key role in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia becoming independent from Spain
10 AugThursIndependence Day (Primer Grito de Independencia) - 10 August 1809 were the foundation on which the fight for Ecuador's independence was formed. It is a day that has remained in hearts of every citizen of Quito with pride
9 OctMonIndependence of Guayaquil (Independencia de Guayaquil) - Guayaquil Independence Day in Ecuador is always on October 9th each year and celebrates when the City of Guayaquil got independence from Spain in 1820
2 NovThursAll Souls' Day (Día de Muertos) - Commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, or the Faithful Departed. Not a Public Holiday
3 NovFriIndependence of Cuenca (Independencia de Cuenca) - Celebrates its independence from Spain on November 3, 1820
6 DecWedFoundation of Quito Day - Quito's Foundation Day celebrations are the biggest in the country for a week long. Quitu were conquered by the Caras tribe, who later founded the Kingdom of Quito about 980 AD
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Día de Navidad) - Christian celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
16 FebMonCarnival (1st Day) - Compensated by Sat 21 February
17 FebTueCarnival (2nd Day) - Compensated by Sat 28 February
3 AprFriGood Friday
5 AprSunEaster Day
1 MayFriLabour Day
24 MaySunAnniversary of the Battle of Pichincha - Batalla del Pichincha
6 JulMonPublic Holiday - Public Sector. Due to papal visit
7 JulTuePublic Holiday - Public Sector. Due to papal visit
24 JulFriSimon Bolivar Day - The birthday of Simón Bolívar
10 AugMonIndependence Day - Primer Grito de Independencia
9 OctFriIndependence of Guayaquil
3 NovTueIndependence of Cuenca
6 DecSunFoundation of Quito Day - Quito
25 DecFriChristmas Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
8 FebMonCarnival (1st Day) - Compensated by Sat 21 February
9 FebTueCarnival (2nd Day) - Compensated by Sat 28 February
25 MarFriGood Friday
27 MarSunEaster Day
1 MaySunLabour Day
24 MayTueAnniversary of the Battle of Pichincha - Batalla del Pichincha
24 JulSunSimon Bolivar Day - The birthday of Simón Bolívar
10 AugWedIndependence Day - Primer Grito de Independencia
9 OctSunIndependence of Guayaquil
3 NovThursIndependence of Cuenca
6 DecTueFoundation of Quito Day - Quito
25 DecSunChristmas Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
12 FebMonCarnival Monday
13 FebTueCarnival Tuesday
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
1 AprSunEaster Day
1 MayTueLabour Day (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot in Chicago)
25 MayFriAnniversary of the Battle of Pichincha (Batalla del Pichincha)
24 JulTueSimon Bolivar Day (The birthday of Simón Bolívar)
10 AugFriIndependence Day (Primer Grito de Independencia)
9 OctTueIndependence of Guayaquil
2 NovFriAll Souls' Day (Not a Public Holiday)
3 NovSatIndependence of Cuenca
6 DecThursFoundation of Quito Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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