Public Holidays in Cameroon

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Public holidays in Cameroon list. Below are National public holidays in Cameroon .

Public holidays in Cameroon
Public holidays in Cameroon

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

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


Cameroon is an African country with diversified geography and animals, structured like an extended triangle on the Gulf of Guinea. Yaoundé, the country’s inland capital, and Douala, the country’s largest city and seaport, are both gateways to ecotourism and beach resorts.

Cameroon has a total of ten official public holidays. Cameroon’s laws govern public holidays, which are evaluated by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has the power to create new holidays, declare certain days as national holidays for special events, and shift the dates of some holidays so that they fall on a weekday rather than a weekend.

At the end of each year, the Prime Minister’s Office publishes a calendar of all public holidays for the following year. Because of their religion, certain holidays have different dates. Many religious holidays follow the lunar calendar rather than the calendar.

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If the nature of the employee’s job compels them to work on those holidays, the employer must give the employee either another paid day off within a 90-day period or premium pay in addition to their usual salary on the holiday. The employer has the last say.

Chad borders Cameroon on the north and northeast, the Central African Republic on the east, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea on the east and south, the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) on the southwest, and Nigeria on the west and northwest.

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 Cameroon 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.

Cameroon Public Holidays

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

Every year on a Cameroon 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.

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

Holidays in Cameroon

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Feb 11: Youth Day

Apr 02: Good Friday

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: Djouldé Soumaé

May 20: National Day

Jul 20: Eid Al Adha

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.

Eid Al Adha

Aug 15: Assumption Day

Aug 16: Assumption Day (in lieu)

Oct 19: Birthday of Prophet Muhammed

Dec 25: Christmas Day

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

Cameroon public holidays listed above

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