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Benin : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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Benin : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months



Internet domain: .bj - Telephone code: +229 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (no DST)
Currency: Communauté Africaine Financière Franc (XAF) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Name Date Kind
New Year's Day**Saturday January 1, 2022Secular holiday 
winter holiday (end)**Thursday January 6, 2022School holidays 
Voodoo Day*Monday January 10, 2022Secular holiday 
Maouloud*Monday October 18, 2021Muslim, Sufi 
All Saints - (beginning)Friday October 22, 2021School holidays 
Parliament recess (end)*Thursday October 28, 2021Special Events 
All Saints' Day*Monday November 1, 2021Catholic 
All Saints - (end)Monday November 8, 2021School holidays 
winter holiday (beginning)Thursday December 23, 2021School holidays 
Christmas Day*Saturday December 25, 2021Catholic or protestant 

New Year's Day -
Saturday January 1, 2022

Secular holiday : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Winter holiday (end) -
Thursday January 6, 2022

School holidays : Http://gouv.bj
official calendar provided by the Ministry of Education
PISA ranking (average 493): not listed
Schooling is mandatory till age 14
Schools are open on Saturday
school uniforms not required

Dates confirmed till Oct 2022

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Voodoo Day -
Monday January 10, 2022

Secular holiday : In tribute to Vodoun, a traditional West African religion also known as Voodoo.


Maouloud -
Monday October 18, 2021

Muslim, Sufi : Prophet's Birthday


All Saints - (beginning) -
Friday October 22, 2021

School holidays :


Parliament recess (end) -
Thursday October 28, 2021

Special Events : In Porto-Novo


All Saints' Day -
Monday November 1, 2021

Catholic : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837. (World Book Encyclopedia)


All Saints - (end) -
Monday November 8, 2021

School holidays :


Winter holiday (beginning) -
Thursday December 23, 2021

School holidays :


Christmas Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.