Public Holidays in Eritrea

Eritrea observes several significant public holidays, including Independence Day, Martyrs' Day, and Revolution Day. Eritrea also observes religious holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Christmas, reflecting its cultural and religious diversity. These holidays hold historical, cultural, and religious importance, uniting the nation in celebration and remembrance.

New Year's Day (January 1st)

Like many countries around the world, Eritrea kicks off the year with celebrations on New Year's Day. People gather to mark the occasion with various activities, and it's a time for reflection and setting goals for the year ahead.

International Women's Day (March 8th)

International Women's Day is celebrated in Eritrea, highlighting the contributions of women to society. It's an occasion to recognize women's achievements and discuss gender equality and women's rights.

Labor Day (May 1st)

May 1st is dedicated to honoring the labor force in Eritrea. The day recognizes the contributions of workers to the nation's development and prosperity. Various events and parades take place to mark the occasion.

Independence Day (May 24th)

May 24th is perhaps the most significant national holiday in Eritrea. It commemorates the country's hard-fought independence from Ethiopian rule in 1991 after a 30-year struggle. The celebrations include parades, cultural performances, and gatherings of people from all walks of life.

Martyrs' Day (June 20th)

Martyrs' Day is a solemn day in Eritrea when the nation honors the memory of those who sacrificed their lives during the long war for independence. People visit cemeteries and memorials to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.

Revolution Day (September 1st)

On September 1st, Eritrea celebrates Revolution Day to commemorate the beginning of the armed struggle for independence in 1961. The day serves as a reminder of the resilience and determination of the Eritrean people in their quest for self-determination.

Meskel (Finding of the True Cross)

Meskel is a significant religious holiday in Eritrea, celebrated on September 27th (or 28th in leap years). It commemorates the discovery of the True Cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. The holiday involves religious processions and the lighting of a large bonfire, known as the "Demera."

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

Eritrea is home to a significant Muslim population, and Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, is an important religious holiday. It's a time for Muslims to come together for prayers, feasts, and social gatherings.

Christmas (December 25th)

Christmas is celebrated by Eritrea's Christian communities, with special church services and festive meals. Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Christians, in particular, observe Christmas with religious fervor.

Asmara Liberation Day (May 24th)

Apart from Independence Day, May 24th also marks the liberation of Eritrea's capital, Asmara, in 1991. It is celebrated with parades and events, paying tribute to the city's role in the nation's struggle for freedom.

These public holidays in Eritrea reflect the nation's rich cultural tapestry, religious diversity, and its remarkable journey from colonization and conflict to independence and nation-building. They provide a glimpse into the Eritrean identity and the values that are held dear by its people.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

Christmas Day December 25 Monday Public Holiday
New Year's Day January 01 Monday Public Holiday
Orthodox Christmas Day January 07 Sunday Public Holiday
Orthodox Epiphany January 20 Saturday Public Holiday
Women's Day March 08 Friday Public Holiday
Eid al-Fitr April 10 Wednesday Public Holiday
Workers Day May 01 Wednesday Public Holiday
Orthodox Good Friday May 03 Friday Public Holiday
Orthodox Easter Day May 05 Sunday Public Holiday
Independence Day May 24 Friday Public Holiday

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