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Bonaire : 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

  • Currency: Netherlands Antilles Guilder (ANG)
  • ISO code: BQ - Internet domain: .bq - Telephone code: 599 7 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: -4 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday december 26, 2023Second Christmas DaySecular holiday
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    Monday january 1, 2024New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday january 8, 2024Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday february 9, 2024Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday february 12, 2024CarnivalSecular holiday
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    Wednesday february 14, 2024Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Monday february 19, 2024Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday march 27, 2024Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday march 29, 2024Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday march 31, 2024EasterCatholic or protestant
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    Christmas Day

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    Monday december 25, 2023
    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.

    Second Christmas Day

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    Tuesday december 26, 2023
    Secular holiday : Tweede Kerstdag

    New Year's Day

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    Monday january 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Monday january 8, 2024
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    PISA ranking (average 493): not listed
    Schooling is mandatory till age 16
    no school on Saturday
    school uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till Sep 2024

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    Winter holiday (beginning)

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    Friday february 9, 2024
    School holidays :

    Carnival

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    Monday february 12, 2024
    Secular holiday :

    Valentine's Day

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    Wednesday february 14, 2024
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Winter holiday (end)

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    Monday february 19, 2024
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    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday march 27, 2024
    School holidays :

    Good Friday

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    Friday march 29, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter

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    Sunday march 31, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Paid holiday