Public holidays in Eritrea

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There are approximately sixteen nationally recognized public holidays in Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa. The primary national holiday is Independence Day which is celebrated on May 24. Most other public holidays follow the calendar of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church. In addition, some Muslim holidays are observed as public holidays in Eritrea.

Public holidays[edit]

Date English Name Tigrinya Name Notes
1 January New Year's Day Hadish Amet ሓዲሽ ዓመት official, according to Gregorian Calendar
7 January Orthodox Christmas Lidet ልደት observed by adherents of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church
19 January Epiphany Timket ጥምቀት observed by adherents of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church
5 February Birth of the Prophet observed by adherents of Sunni Islam
10 February Fenkil Day Fenkil ፈንቅል commemoration of Operation Fenkil
8 March Women's Day Maelti Anesti መዓልቲ ኣነስቲ
variable Good Friday Arbi Siklet ዓርቢ ስቅለት observed by all Christian groups, Orthodox Christians celebrate on different date
Easter Fasika ፋሲካ observed by all Christian groups, Orthodox Christians celebrate on different date
1 May May Day
24 May Independence Day Maelti Natsinet መዓልቲ ናጽነት celebrating independence from Ethiopia in 1991
20 June Martyr's Day Maelti Siwuat መዓልቲ ስውኣት
variable Eid al-Fitr observed by adherents of Sunni Islam
1 September Anniversary of the Start of the Armed Struggles Bahti Meskerem ባሕቲ መስከረም commemorating the start of the Eritrean War for Independence
11 September Geez New Year Hadish Amet ሓዲሽ ዓመት observed by adherents of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church
27 September Finding of the True Cross Meskel መስቀል observed by adherents of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church
variable Eid ul-Adha observed by adherents of Sunni Islam
25 December Christmas Day Lidet ልደት observed by all Christian groups, Orthodox Christians celebrate on different date

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