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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

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    Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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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 January 31, 2023Pope's visit (3 days)Secular holiday
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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-VubuEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday April 6, 2023Optional holidaySecular holiday
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    Friday April 7, 2023Easter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday April 24, 2023Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday May 17, 2023National liberation DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday June 21, 2023Tour du CongoSports events
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    Friday June 30, 2023Independence DayNational Day
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    Saturday July 1, 2023Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday July 28, 2023Foire internationale de Kinshasa (FIKIN)Tradeshows
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    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)

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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    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

    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
    Secular holiday :

    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

    Pope's visit (3 days)

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    Tuesday January 31, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    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
    Culture : The first President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo) from 1960 until 1965.

    Optional holiday

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    Thursday April 6, 2023
    Secular holiday : Celebrates the foundation of Kimbanguism, a Christian new religious movement professed by the Church of Jesus Christ on Earth by His special envoy Simon Kimbangu

    Easter holiday (beginning)

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    School holidays :

    Easter holiday (end)

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    Monday April 24, 2023
    School holidays :

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    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 .

    National liberation Day

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    Wednesday May 17, 2023
    Secular holiday : Day of the seizure of power by the AFDL, release of the mobutism

    Tour du Congo

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    Wednesday June 21, 2023
    Sports events : 2023 edition NOT confirmed

    Independence Day

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    Friday June 30, 2023
    Secular holiday : Granted by Belgium on June 30, 1960 Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Saturday July 1, 2023
    School holidays : www.tasok.cd

    Foire internationale de Kinshasa (FIKIN)

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    Friday July 28, 2023
    Tradeshows : Foire Internationale des Entrepreneurs 2023 edition not confirmed