Public Holidays in Burkina Faso

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Public holidays in Burkina Faso list. Below are National public holidays in Burkina Faso .

Public holidays in Burkina Faso
Public holidays in Burkina Faso

These are Burkina Faso public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Burkina Faso as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Burkina Faso with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), a landlocked country in West Africa, that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres and is bordered by Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest.

Each year, Burkina Faso has 15 national holidays, the bulk of which are based on religious beliefs. Because their celebration dates are based on the lunar cycle, some of these religious holidays occur on different dates each year.

Law 019-2000/AN, which is part of the Labor Code, governs national holidays. This law establishes the fifteen national holidays and gives the government the right to relocate holidays that fall on Sundays to the next day and to create one-time national holidays for special occasions.

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Burkina Faso is bounded on the East by Niger, on the Southeast by Benin (formerly Dahomey), on the South by Togo, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire, and on the West and North by Mali.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Burkina Faso observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Burkina Faso Public Holidays

In the Burkina Faso , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Burkina Faso as a holiday.

Every year on a Burkina Faso public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Burkina Faso public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

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Holidays in Burkina Faso

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Jan 03: Revolution Day

Mar 08: Women’s Day

Apr 04: Easter Day

Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian church. In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed.

Easter Day

Apr 05: Easter Monday

May 01: Labour Day

May 13: Ascension Day

This day observes the departure of Jesus from earth after his resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity.

Ascension Day

May 13: Korité

Jul 20: Tabaski

Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah’s command, before he was stopped by Allah.


Aug 05: Independence Day

Aug 15: Assumption Day

Nov 01: All Saints’ Day

Dec 11: Proclamation of the Republic

Dec 25: Christmas Day

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Burkina Faso happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Burkina Faso public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Burkina Faso gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Burkina Faso or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.