Public holidays in Rwanda

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This is a list of public holidays in Rwanda. Rwanda observes eleven regular public holidays throughout the year, with others occasionally inserted by the government.[1]

Additionally, the week following Genocide Memorial Day on 7 April is designated an official week of mourning.[2] The last Saturday of each month is umuganda, a national day of community service, during which most normal services close down.[3]

Public holidays[edit]

Date English Name
1 January New Year's Day
1 February Heroes Day
Variable Good Friday
7 April Genocide Memorial Day
1 May Labour Day
1 July Independence Day
4 July Liberation Day
15 August Assumption
Variable Eid ul-Fitr
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day


  1. ^ Embassy of Rwanda in Sudan. "Sudan and Rwanda public holidays". Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Briggs, Philip; Booth, Janice (2006). Rwanda - The Bradt Travel Guide (3rd ed.). London: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 61. ISBN 1-84162-180-3. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  3. ^ * Gahindiro, John (2008-06-02). "Making "Umuganda" More Useful". The New Times. Retrieved July 15, 2010.