Public Holidays in Guyana

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

Public holidays in Guyana
Public holidays in Guyana

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

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


Guyana is the third-smallest country in South America, located on the continent’s northeast coast.

Guyana’s laws establish official holidays for the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs establishes the official register of national holidays and paid holidays after they have been established by the legislature.

Guyana has a five-day work week, with the standard week running from Monday to Friday. Sunday is a common day of rest or a weekly holiday. Monday through Friday is the busiest day for financial institutions. Saturdays are the busiest days for commercial businesses. Unless otherwise specified in the official paid holidays, Sunday is not a paid holiday.

The Atlantic Ocean borders Guyana on the north, Suriname on the east, Brazil on the south and southwest, and Venezuela on the northwest.

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Georgetown, the country’s capital, is known for its British colonial architecture, including the tall, painted-timber St. George’s Anglican Cathedral. The facade of Stabroek Market, a source of local produce, is marked by a large clock.

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 Guyana 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.

Guyana Public Holidays

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

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

Holidays in Guyana

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Feb 23: Republic Day

Mar 29: Phagwah

Apr 02: Good Friday

Apr 05: Easter

Easter is probably the most important holiday of the Christian year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

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May 01: Labour Day

May 05: Arrival Day

May 26: Independence Day

Jul 05: Caricom Day

Jul 20: Eid-Ul-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.


Aug 01: Emancipation Day

Aug 02: Emancipation Day (in lieu)

Oct 19: Youman-Nabi

Nov 04: Deepavali

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 27: Boxing Day (in lieu)

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

Guyana public holidays listed above

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