Public Holidays in Sudan

Sudan, the largest country in Africa, is a nation of diverse cultures, languages, and traditions. Its public holidays reflect the rich tapestry of its history, religion, and ethnic diversity.

  • Independence Day (January 1st): Independence Day marks Sudan's freedom from British and Egyptian colonial rule in 1956. Celebrations include parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and cultural performances.
  • Revolution Day (January 4th): Revolution Day commemorates the 1985 Sudanese Revolution that ended President Gaafar Nimeiry's rule. It is a day to celebrate the people's power in achieving political change.
  • International Women's Day (March 8th): Sudan joins the world in celebrating the achievements and contributions of women. This day highlights the ongoing struggle for gender equality and women's rights.
  • Coptic Easter (Date Varies): A significant religious holiday for Sudan's Coptic Christian minority, Coptic Easter includes church services, processions, and family gatherings.
  • Eid al-Fitr (Date Varies): Eid al-Fitr, known as "Eid al-Fitr al-Sagheer" in Sudan, marks the end of Ramadan. Sudanese Muslims celebrate with prayers, feasting, and acts of charity.
  • Eid al-Adha (Date Varies): Eid al-Adha, or the "Festival of Sacrifice," is celebrated with prayers, the sacrifice of animals, and the sharing of meat with those in need.
  • Mawlid al-Nabi (Date Varies): Mawlid al-Nabi commemorates the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It involves special prayers, recitations, and communal gatherings.
  • Cultural Festivals (Various Dates): Sudan boasts a rich tapestry of ethnic groups, each with its unique cultural festivals. These celebrations feature traditional music, dance, and rituals. Examples include the Darfur Folk Festival and the Nubian Aswan Festival.
  • Ramadan (Date Varies): While not a public holiday, Ramadan holds immense cultural and religious significance in Sudan. It is a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection for Muslims.
  • Customary Celebrations (Various Dates): Many Sudanese communities uphold customary celebrations tied to agricultural seasons, weddings, and other rites of passage. These events vary across regions.
  • International Workers' Day (May 1st): Sudanese workers and labor unions participate in rallies, marches, and demonstrations to advocate for workers' rights and fair labor practices.

Sudan's public holidays provide opportunities for its people to celebrate their diverse cultural heritage, observe important religious events, and commemorate pivotal moments in the nation's history. These celebrations serve as a testament to Sudan's unity amid its cultural and ethnic diversity.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

HolidayDateDayType
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday September 16 Monday Public Holiday
Christmas Day December 25 Wednesday Public Holiday
Independence Day January 01 Wednesday Public Holiday
Coptic Christmas January 07 Tuesday Public Holiday

Holidays by Year

Previous Year: 2023
This page was last edited on 12 October 2023 at 10:56 AM (EST).