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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Rwanda. Please scroll down to view.

Rwanda is a diverse Central African nation that has established many national and religious holidays since it formally became the Republic of Rwanda. The President of Rwanda has been given the authority to establish national holidays and to deem which religious holidays are honoured on a national level.

All official holidays that are celebrated in Rwanda are regulated by the Labour Code, with the latest revision occurring November 30, 2001. The Labour Code also allows the President of Rwanda to establish special one-time or new holidays by Presidential Decree. The president has used this power on few occasions.

Under the Labour Code, all employees are entitled to have a day off for a nationally declared holiday. If the holiday occurs on a rest day, which is Sunday by government decree, the national holiday will be celebrated on the following day. Employees that cannot take the day off due to their position, such as public works, the employee is entitled to a different day off with pay for the holiday.

Muslim holidays in Rwanda are based on a lunar cycle and are acknowledged in accordance to the official calendar of Saudi Arabia. Because these holidays are based on lunar cycles and do not fall on a specific date, the government of Rwanda requests that the nationally recognised Muslim holidays be acknowledged by all employers each year on the day that they have fallen.

Regional, Professional, Cultural, and Religious Holidays

Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage and many tribal holidays and celebrations occur. Religious, business, and provincial holidays may also be acknowledged on a local level. These holidays, however, are not official in the eyes of the Rwanda government and employers are not obligated to make special arrangements for time off or pay for their employees who celebrate these occasions.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday
1 FebWedNational Heroes' Day
7 AprFriTutsi Genocide Memorial Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunEid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonEid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
1 JulSatIndependence Day
3 JulMonIndependence Day
4 JulTueLiberation Day
4 AugFriUmuganura / Harvest Thanksgiving
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 SepFriEid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day