Public holidays in Haiti

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The following are public holidays in Haiti.[1] Many Vodou holidays are also celebrated, but are not considered public holidays.

Date Name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day and Independence Day This holiday commemorates the day in 1804 when Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared independence and restored the country's original name.
January 2 Ancestry Day Commemorates ancestors and other loved ones who have died.
January 6 Epiphany
May 1 Labor and Agriculture Day
May 18 Flag and Universities Day Celebrates Haiti's educational system and commemorates the creation of Haiti's flag at the 1803 Arcahaye Conference.
August 15 Assumption of Mary
October 17 Dessalines Day Anniversary of the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
November 1 All Saints Day
November 2 All Souls' Day
November 18 Vertières Day/Armed Forces Day This day commemorates the Haitian victory over the French in the Battle of Vertières in the year 1803.[2]
December 5 Discovery Day Commemorates Christopher Columbus's landing on Hispaniola in 1492.
December 25 Christmas

In addition, the following Christian holidays are celebrated but their dates vary each year.

Date Name Remarks
moveable Carnival/Mardi Gras
moveable Ash Wednesday
moveable Maundy Thursday
moveable Good Friday
moveable Easter
moveable Ascension Day Thursday, 40 days after Easter
moveable Corpus Christi