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Congo (Dem. Rep. of the) : 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: Franc (CDF)
  • Internet domain: .cd - Telephone code: +243 - International dialing code: 00 - East Congo GMT offset: +1 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Friday October 14, 2022Education DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Wednesday November 2, 2022All Saints (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday November 7, 2022All Saints (end)School holidays
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    Friday December 23, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday December 24, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Monday January 2, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday January 4, 2023Independence Martyrs DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 16, 2023L.D. Kabila AssassinationSecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 17, 2023Day of National Heroe, Patrice-Emery LumumbaSecular holiday
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    Tuesday January 24, 2023Peaceful and Democratic Alternation dayEvents, celebrations...
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday February 17, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday March 6, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday March 24, 2023Day of National Heroe, Joseph Kasa-VubuSecular holiday
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    Education Day

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    Friday October 14, 2022
    Culture :

    All Saints (beginning)

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    Wednesday November 2, 2022
    School holidays :

    All Saints (end)

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    Monday November 7, 2022
    School holidays :

    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday December 23, 2022
    School holidays :

    Public holiday

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    Saturday December 24, 2022
    Secular holiday :

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    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.

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    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

    School holidays

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    School holidays : Http://eduquepsp.education
    official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
    Schooling is mandatory till age 14 - 60% of children do not attend school
    Number of instructional days: 222 in primary
    schools are open on Saturday
    school uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till Aug 2023 (some variations for intermediary vacations)

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    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    School holidays :

    Independence Martyrs Day

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    Wednesday January 4, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    L.D. Kabila Assassination

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    Monday January 16, 2023
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    Day of National Heroe, Patrice-Emery Lumumba

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    Tuesday January 17, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Peaceful and Democratic Alternation day

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    Tuesday January 24, 2023
    Culture : On 24 January 2019, Joseph Kabila, after 18 years in power, ceded power to Felix Tshisekedi after a controversial electoral process. On the brink of civil war, this peaceful transfer has allowed the DRC to preserve civil peace from 2021

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    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

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday February 17, 2023
    School holidays :

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday March 6, 2023
    School holidays :

    Day of National Heroe, Joseph Kasa-Vubu

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    Friday March 24, 2023
    Secular holiday : The first President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo) from 1960 until 1965.