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Do You Know the Rwandan Public Holidays?

In every country has holidays that are unique to their own community.  Rwanda has a variety of different annual holidays and we list the major ones below. They are:

  • New year (1st January)
  • Heroes’ day(1st February)
  • Memorial day genocide against Tusti (07th April)
  • Workers day(1st May)
  • Independence day(1st July)
  • Liberation day(4th July)
  • Umuganura day(06 August)
  • Assumption day(15th August)
  • Christmas day(25th December)
  • Boxing day(26th December)

We listed the official calendar dates, however, there are other holidays that depend on the day, not an actual date which include Easter, Eid and others.  If you are not quite sure what the holiday means or entails…here is a quick breakdown for understanding.

What is New Year In Rwanda?

Every 1st Jan Rwanda celebrate new year, where you find everyone having fun and celebrating what they accomplished in last year and setting new goals.

What is Heroes’ day?

National Heroes Day is an official holiday for the public and private sector in Rwanda on February 1st each year.

This holiday is an annual event to pay tribute to people who exemplified and defended the highest values of patriotism and sacrifice for the wellbeing of the country and its citizens.

If February 1st falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be a public holiday, though the official ceremonies for Heroes Day will take place on February 1st.

What is Worker’s Day?

Worker’s Day is an international holiday that is observed on May 1st. It is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labor movement. The holiday may also be known as International Worker’s Day or May Day and is marked with a public holiday in over 80 countries including Rwanda.

What is Rwanda Memorial Day Genocide against Tusti?

On April 7th, Rwanda memorializes victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Unlike other official holidays in Rwanda, this holiday is always observed on the same date, even if it falls on a weekend.

Also known as Kwibuka (‘To Remember’), this day marks the beginning of the national mourning period.

What is Rwanda Independence Day?

1 July 1962

Rwanda was separated from Burundi and gained independence on 1 July 1962, which is commemorated as Independence Day, a national holiday.

What is Rwanda Liberation Day?

July 4

The Eastern African country observes the Liberation Day on July 4 every year, marking the day when the Rwandan Patriotic Army, the armed wing of the ruling party Rwandan Patriotic Front, captured power and ended the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group.

What is Umuganura Day in Rwanda?
Umuganura is an annual event held on the first Friday of August and it is a public holiday. But the festival is celebrated during a week leading to the Umuganura day. To recognize the achievements in various sectors of the economy, recognize the efforts of those involved and strategize for increased harvest in the subsequent seasons.

What is Assumption Day in Rwanda?

On August 15, the Feast of the Assumption (or simply, “The Assumption)” is widely celebrated all over Christendom. This holy day marks the occasion of the Virgin Mary’s bodily ascent to heaven at the end of her life.

What is Christmas Day in Rwanda?

Christmas Day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC. December  25th will be a public holiday in most countries around the world including Rwanda. In the case of December 25th falling on a weekend, then a nearby weekday may be taken as a holiday instead.

What is The Boxing Day?

This public holiday is celebrated on December 26th in several countries as part of the Christmas holidays. Typically it will be moved and celebrated on the next working day if December 26th is a Saturday or Sunday On Boxing Day  people getting rid of empty boxes from presents after Christmas day.

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