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Ethiopia : 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: Birr (ETB)
  • Internet domain: .et - Telephone code: +251 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +3 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Sunday
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    Monday january 1, 2024School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Sunday january 7, 2024Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
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    Saturday january 20, 2024Orthodox EpiphanyOrthodox
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    Friday february 9, 2024Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday february 19, 2024Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday february 24, 2024International Trade FairTradeshows
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    Saturday march 2, 2024Battle of AdowaSecular holiday
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    Wednesday april 10, 2024End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Wednesday may 1, 2024Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Friday may 3, 2024Orthodox Good FridayOrthodox
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    Sunday may 5, 2024Patriots' DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday may 5, 2024Orthodox EasterOrthodox
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    Sunday may 12, 2024Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Tuesday may 28, 2024End of the Military RegimeNational Day
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    School holidays

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    Monday january 1, 2024
    School holidays : Www.moe.gov.et
    in the public schools, no mid-term holidays except public holidays during the school year
    the French Lycée www.guebre-mariam.org follows the French Zone A calendar
    This calendar applies to the International Community school https://www.icsaddis.org/
    Schooling is mandatory till age 18
    schools close on Saturday
    school uniforms required
    Teaching languages: Amarigna 32.7%, Oromigna 31.6%, Tigrigna 6.1%, Somaligna 6%, Guaragigna 3.5%, Sidamigna 3.5%, Hadiyigna 1.7%, other 14.8%, English (major foreign language taught in schools)

    We carry confirmed dates till August 2024 ; Further dates are projected dates based on previous years

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

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    Sunday january 7, 2024
    Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Orthodox Epiphany

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    Saturday january 20, 2024
    Orthodox : Timket: A Christian holiday (from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning manifestation or to appear) commemorating the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God . According to legend based on a Bible story, three kings (or wise men/magi), Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday february 9, 2024
    School holidays :

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday february 19, 2024
    School holidays :

    International Trade Fair

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    Saturday february 24, 2024
    Tradeshows : Lasts 1 week - www.africantradefairs.com in Addis Ababa 2024 edition NOT YET confirmed

    Battle of Adowa

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    Saturday march 2, 2024
    Secular holiday : 1 March 1896, between the forces of General Oreste Baratieri, Italian governor of Eritrea, and Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia.

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Wednesday april 10, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi : Eid al-Fitr literally means the Festival of Breaking the Fast . paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Wednesday may 1, 2024
    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 .

    Orthodox Good Friday

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    Friday may 3, 2024
    Orthodox : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter (or Pascha) The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy. The Easter bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place: Midnight Office... After the service the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home. The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days. One egg is cracked on the wall of the church (and this is the first egg eaten The ritual of cracking the eggs takes place before the Easter lunch. Each person selects his/her egg. Then people take turns tapping their egg against the eggs of others, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.

    Patriots' Day

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    Sunday may 5, 2024
    Secular holiday : Five years of Italian occupation of the capital city Addis Ababa were ended in 1941 Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Orthodox Easter

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    Sunday may 5, 2024
    Orthodox : Paid holiday

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday may 12, 2024
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    End of the Military Regime

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    Tuesday may 28, 2024
    Secular holiday : Commemorates the end of the communist junta in 1991. paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday