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Name Date Kind
Labor Day/May Day*Saturday May 1, 2021Secular holiday 
presidential electionSunday May 9, 2021Special Events 
Ascension holiday (beginning)Wednesday May 12, 2021School holidays 
Ascension*Thursday May 13, 2021Catholic or protestant 
Korité**Thursday May 13, 2021Muslim, Sufi 
Ascension holiday (end)Monday May 17, 2021School holidays 
Pentecost holiday (beginning)Friday May 21, 2021School holidays 
Whit Monday*Monday May 24, 2021Catholic or protestant 
Pentecost holiday (end)Tuesday May 25, 2021School holidays 
Parliament recess (beginning)Saturday June 26, 2021Special Events 
summer holiday (beginning)Thursday July 1, 2021School holidays 
Parliament recess (beginning)*Monday July 5, 2021Special Events 
Tabaski*Tuesday July 20, 2021Muslim, Sufi 
Independence Day*Sunday August 1, 2021National Day 
Assumption*Sunday August 15, 2021Catholic 

Labor Day/May Day -
Saturday May 1, 2021

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Presidential election -
Sunday May 9, 2021

Special Events :


Ascension holiday (beginning) -
Wednesday May 12, 2021

School holidays :


Ascension -
Thursday May 13, 2021

Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.


Korité -
Thursday May 13, 2021

Muslim, Sufi : End of Ramadan Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Ascension holiday (end) -
Monday May 17, 2021

School holidays :


Pentecost holiday (beginning) -
Friday May 21, 2021

School holidays :


Whit Monday -
Monday May 24, 2021

Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.


Pentecost holiday (end) -
Tuesday May 25, 2021

School holidays :


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Saturday June 26, 2021

Special Events :


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Thursday July 1, 2021

School holidays :


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Monday July 5, 2021

Special Events : In Porto Novo


Tabaski -
Tuesday July 20, 2021

Muslim, Sufi : Feast of the Sacrifice


Independence Day -
Sunday August 1, 2021

Secular holiday : Obtained from France on August 1, 1960


Assumption -
Sunday August 15, 2021

Catholic : Dogma defined by the Catholic Church on November 1, 1950, when Pope Pius XII declared that at the end of her life, Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven.