Public Holidays in Mauritania
Mauritania, the bridge between the Maghreb and West Africa, boasts a rich tapestry of cultural diversity, reflected in its public holidays.
- Independence Day (November 28th): Independence Day commemorates Mauritania's independence from French colonial rule in 1960. Celebrations include parades, traditional music, and cultural displays.
- New Year's Day (January 1st): Mauritania ushers in the New Year with festivities, fireworks, and gatherings among friends and family.
- Labor Day (May 1st): Labor Day honors the contributions of workers in Mauritania and worldwide. It involves parades, speeches, and discussions on labor-related issues.
- Eid al-Fitr (Date Varies): Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It's a time for prayers, feasting, and acts of charity.
- Eid al-Adha (Date Varies): Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is another important Islamic holiday celebrated with prayers and the sacrificial offering of livestock.
- Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi) (Date Varies): Mawlid al-Nabi celebrates the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It includes religious ceremonies and communal gatherings.
- Islamic New Year (Hijri New Year) (Date Varies): The Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the lunar Islamic calendar. It's observed with prayers and religious reflections.
- Revolution Day (July 10th): Revolution Day commemorates the 1978 coup that brought Colonel Mustafa Ould Salek to power. Celebrations include parades and patriotic displays.
- Martyrs' Day (Date Varies): Martyrs' Day pays tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for Mauritania's independence and sovereignty. It involves memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies.
- Army Day (December 1st): Army Day honors the Mauritanian armed forces and their role in safeguarding the nation. It often includes military parades and demonstrations.
- French National Day (Bastille Day) (July 14th): Although not an official holiday, some Mauritanians of French descent celebrate Bastille Day with cultural events.
- Various Regional and Cultural Festivals (Dates Vary): Mauritania's diverse ethnic groups celebrate their cultural festivals with music, dance, and traditional rituals, offering glimpses into the nation's rich heritage.
- Islamic Festivals (Dates Vary): Mauritania's predominantly Muslim population observes various Islamic festivals, such as Ramadan, with prayers, fasting, and communal meals.
These public holidays in Mauritania reflect the nation's Islamic heritage, colonial history, and cultural diversity. They provide opportunities for Mauritanians to celebrate their identity, express their religious devotion, and honor their shared history.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Africa Day||May 25||Saturday||Public Holiday|