Public holidays in Cameroon
Cameroon, often referred to as "Africa in Miniature" because of its rich cultural, geological, and climatic diversity, celebrates a range of public holidays that reflect its varied ethnic and religious groups. These holidays, which serve as a testament to the nation's unity in diversity, encompass both traditional and modern elements.
National Day - 20th May
Celebrated annually on May 20th, National Day is Cameroon's most significant public holiday. It commemorates the 1972 date when the country decided to move from a federal system to a unitary state. Parades, dances, and singing performances dominate the streets of Yaoundé, the capital city, and other regions, illustrating the country's unity and shared future.
New Year's Day - 1st January
Like many other countries, Cameroonians ring in the New Year with much fanfare. Celebrations are characterized by church services, parties, and family gatherings. This day sets the stage for a new beginning and is a national holiday that brings together the diverse tribes and religions of Cameroon.
Good Friday & Easter Monday
The Christian majority in Cameroon solemnly observes Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is followed by Easter Monday, a public holiday that celebrates Jesus' resurrection. Families often celebrate with special meals, songs, and dances.
Labour Day - 1st May
Labour Day, also known as International Workers' Day, is a day dedicated to workers across Cameroon. Various worker's unions hold parades and rallies to highlight workers' rights and contributions to the nation.
Eid al-Fitr & Eid al-Adha
Given its significant Muslim population, especially in the northern regions, Cameroon acknowledges both Eid al-Fitr (marking the end of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son). These are days of feasting, prayers, and community gatherings.
Assumption of Mary - 15th August
Celebrated by the Catholic populace of Cameroon, the Assumption of Mary signifies the day when, according to Christian belief, the Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven. Religious services dominate this day, reflecting the deep-rooted Christian faith of many Cameroonians.
All Saints' Day - 1st November
Another Christian holiday, All Saints' Day, is observed to honor all the saints. It's a day of reflection, prayers, and attending church services.
Christmas Day - 25th December
Christmas is joyously celebrated across Cameroon. Streets are adorned with lights, and churches are filled with believers attending midnight masses. Families come together for festive meals, and children eagerly await presents.
End of Ramadan & Islamic New Year
The dates for these Islamic holidays vary based on the lunar calendar. They are of immense importance to the Muslim community in Cameroon, with prayers, feasts, and family gatherings being central to the celebrations.
Public holidays in Cameroon echo the country's multi-ethnic and multi-religious fabric. Whether it's the lively festivities of National Day or the solemn observances of Good Friday, Cameroon's public holidays are a reflection of its vibrant culture and traditions.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Youth Day||February 11||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Youth Day (observed)||February 12||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Ascension Day||May 09||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|National Day||May 20||Monday||Public Holiday|