Public Holidays in Eritrea

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

Public holidays in Eritrea
Public holidays in Eritrea

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

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


Eritrea currently observes sixteen national holidays. Many of the holidays observed in Eritrea are religious in nature. These events, however, are recognized as national holidays, and everyone is entitled to a paid vacation day.

Eritrea’s public holidays are governed by the Eritrean Labour Proclamation. This law establishes the national public holidays, gives the government the authority to move holidays from a rest day to the next work day, and gives the government the authority to create one-time or new national holidays.

The Labour Proclamation governs employee pay on national holidays. All employees are entitled to a paid day off for every national holiday under this law.
Employees who are required to work on a national holiday due to their position are paid two and one-half times their regular hourly wage for all hours worked on that date. This premium pay is required by law and cannot be altered, even through employment contracts.

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Eritrea is a country in East Africa. Eritrea’s land area is slightly larger than the state of Pennsylvania. Eritrea is bordered on the northeast by the Red Sea, on the southeast by Djibouti, on the south by Ethiopia, and on the west by Sudan.

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 Eritrea 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.

Eritrea Public Holidays

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

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

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Holidays in Eritrea

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Jan 07: Orthodox Christmas

Jan 19: Orthodox Epiphany

Mar 08: Women’s Day

Apr 30: Orthodox Good Friday

May 01: Labour Day

May 02: Orthodox Easter Day

Easter is the most significant religious holiday for the world’s roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians. In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus has been placed after his crucifixion.

Orthodox Easter Day

May 13: Eid al-Fitre

May 24: Independence Day

Jun 20: Martyrs’ Day

Jul 20: Eid Al Adaha

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 Adaha

Sep 01: Revolution Day

Sep 11: Keddus Johannes

Sep 27: Meskel

Oct 19: Moulid

Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar


Dec 25: Christmas Day

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

Eritrea public holidays listed above

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