Public Holidays in Djibouti

Djibouti, a small East African country known for its strategic location along the Red Sea, observes several public holidays throughout the year. These holidays reflect the nation's cultural diversity, religious practices, and historical significance. Here are the major public holidays in Djibouti:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st): Djibouti, like many countries, welcomes the new year with celebrations, fireworks, and social gatherings.
  • Labour Day (May 1st): This holiday celebrates the achievements of workers and laborers, and it is observed with parades, speeches, and cultural events.
  • Independence Day (June 27th): Djibouti gained independence from France on this day in 1977. The holiday is marked by patriotic parades, speeches, and festivities.
  • Eid al-Fitr (Date Varies): Eid al-Fitr is a significant religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is celebrated with communal prayers, feasting, and the exchange of gifts.
  • Eid al-Adha (Date Varies): Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is another important Islamic holiday. It commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Families come together for prayers and share sacrificial meals.
  • National Day (December 12th): This holiday commemorates the country's proclamation of independence in 1977. It includes parades, cultural performances, and displays of Djiboutian heritage.
  • Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi) (Date Varies): Mawlid al-Nabi celebrates the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Devout Muslims engage in prayers and religious discussions on this day.
  • Christmas Day (December 25th): Christmas is celebrated by the Christian community in Djibouti with religious services, festive meals, and the exchange of gifts.
  • Islamic New Year (Hijri New Year) (Date Varies): The Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the lunar Islamic calendar year. It is observed with prayers and reflection on the Hijra (migration) of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.
  • Adoption of the Afar Alphabet (July 23rd): This holiday celebrates the official adoption of the Afar script, a writing system used for the Afar language.

These public holidays offer Djibouti's diverse population an opportunity to celebrate their cultural heritage, religious beliefs, and national identity. The celebrations often involve traditional music, dance, and cuisine, making them vibrant and meaningful events for the people of Djibouti.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

HolidayDateDayType
Prophet Mohamed's Birthday (Mawlid) September 16 Monday Public Holiday
Christmas Day December 25 Wednesday Public Holiday
New Year's Day January 01 Wednesday Public Holiday

Holidays by Year

Previous Year: 2023
This page was last edited on 13 October 2023 at 09:38 AM (EST).