Uganda 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.
26 JanThursNRM (National Resistance Movement) Liberation Day - Commemorates the fall of Tito Okello's regime in 1986
16 FebThursArchbishop Janani Luwum Day - Marks the day in 1977 when Archbishop Janani Luwum was killed. New holiday from 2016
8 MarWedWomen's Day - Commemorates the movement for women's rights
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 MayMonLabor Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
3 JunSatMartyr's Day - Group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity in the historical kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda, who were executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887. They were killed on orders of Mwanga II, the Kabaka (King) of Buganda
9 JunFriNational Heroes Day - Honors those people, who played major role in well-being of Uganda and payed their lives for better future of the Ugandans
26 JunMonEid-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 SeptFriEid Al-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
9 OctMonIndependence Day - Anniversary of gaining of independence from Great Britain in 1962
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christian 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 JanThursNew Year's Day
26 JanMonNRM Liberation Day
8 MarSunWomen's Day
3 AprFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
6 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayFriLabor Day
3 JunWedMartyr's Day
9 JunTueNational Heroes Day
18 JulSatEid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
24 SeptThursEid Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
9 OctFriIndependence Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatBoxing Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
26 JanTueNRM Liberation Day
16 FebTueArchbishop Janani Luwum Day (New holiday from 2016)
18 FebThursPublic Holiday (Voting in the presidential polls)
24 FebWedPublic Holiday (Voting in the local government elections)
8 MarTueWomen's Day
25 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
28 MarMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MaySunLabor Day
12 MayThursPublic Holiday (Swearing in of Ugandan President)
3 JunFriMartyr's Day
9 JunThursNational Heroes Day
7 JulThursEid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
12 SeptMonEid Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
9 OctSunIndependence Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
26 JanFriNRM Liberation Day
16 FebFriArchbishop Janani Luwum Day (New holiday from 2016)
8 MarThursWomen's Day
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueLabor Day
3 JunSunMartyr's Day
9 JunSatNational Heroes Day
15 JunFriEid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
22 AugWedEid Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
9 OctTueIndependence Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day

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