Public Holidays in Ecuador

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

Public holidays in Ecuador
Public holidays in Ecuador

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

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


Ecuador, South America’s fourth-smallest country, is located on the continent’s west coast and is crossed by the equator (the country gets its name from the Spanish word for “equator”).

Ecuador’s labor laws require employers to give their employees a day off for nationally recognized holidays. The pay for these holidays is determined by the employee’s contract with the employer. Employees who are required to work on a holiday due to the nature of their business must take a different day off to celebrate the holiday.

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It should be noted that Ecuador strongly supports long weekends for holiday celebrations. If a regular holiday falls in the middle of the week, the government will move the recognition date for that year to a Monday or Friday to allow for a longer weekend.

Ecuador is bounded on the north by Colombia, on the east and south by Peru, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

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 Ecuador 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.

Ecuador Public Holidays

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

Every year on a Ecuador 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 Ecuador public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Ecuador

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Feb 15: Carnival Monday

Feb 16: Carnival Tuesday

Apr 02: Good Friday

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 30: Labour Day (in lieu)

May 01: Labour Day

May 24: Anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha

Jul 24: Simon Bolivar Day

Aug 09: Independence Day

Oct 08: Independence of Guayaquil (in lieu)

Oct 09: Independence of Guayaquil

Nov 01: All Soul’s Day

Nov 02: Independence of Cuenca Holiday

Dec 06: Foundation of Quito Day

Dec 24: Christmas Day (in lieu)

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 31: New Year’s Day

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

Ecuador public holidays listed above

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