Rwanda 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.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonDay after New Year's Day - Holiday by Presidential Order
1 FebWedHeroes day - Remembrance Rwandan national heroes include major general Fred Gisa Rwigyema, King Mutara Rudahigwa, Charles Rudahigwa, Michel Rwagasana, students of Nyange Secondary School, Felicite Niyitegeka, Agathe Uwiringiyimana
7 AprFriGenocide against the Tutsi Memorial Day - Commemorates the beginning of the Rwandan Genocide that took the lives of 20% of the country's population
14 AprFriGood Friday - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday - Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Monday after Easter Sunday
1 MayMonWorker's Day - Celebrate the achievements of workers
25 JunSunEid Ul Fitr - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
1 JulSatIndependence Day - Independence from Belgium in 1962
3 JulMonIndependence Day Holiday
4 JulTueLiberation Day - Commemorates the defeat of the genocide regime by the Rwandan Patriotic Front in 1994
4 AugFriUmuganura Day - Umuganura can be translated as ‘First-Fruits Festival’ in accordance to its meaning in traditional Rwanda. National Harvest Day. 1st Friday of August
15 AugTueAssumption of Mary - Is a very important day in the Catholic religion. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ
1 SeptFriEid El Haj - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
1 DecFriMaulid Day - Commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birthday, celebrated in most parts of the Muslim world
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christians celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueBoxing Day - Boxing Day is the second day of Christmas and also St. Stephen'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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
2 JanSatDay after New Year's Day (Holiday by Presidential Order)
1 FebMonHeroes day
25 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
28 MarMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
7 AprThuGenocide against the Tutsi Memorial Day
1 MaySunWorker's Day
2 MayMonWorker's Day Holiday
1 JulFriIndependence Day
4 JulMonLiberation Day
6 JulWedEid Ul Fitr (End of Ramadan)
5 AugFriUmuganura Day (1st Friday of August)
15 AugMonAssumption of Mary (Assumption of Mary)
12 SeptMonEid El Haj (Sacrifice Feast)
12 DecMonMaulid Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day
27 DecTueChristmas Holiday

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
2 JanTueDay after New Year's Day (Holiday by Presidential Order)
1 FebThursHeroes day
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
7 AprSatGenocide against the Tutsi Memorial Day
1 MayTueWorker's Day
15 JunFriEid Ul Fitr (End of Ramadan)
1 JulSunIndependence Day
2 JulMonIndependence Day Holiday
4 JulWedLiberation Day
3 AugFriUmuganura Day (1st Friday of August)
15 AugWedAssumption of Mary (Assumption of Mary)
22 AugWedEid El Haj (Sacrifice Feast)
20 NovTueMaulid Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day

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