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Rwanda bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

April ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name
Mon Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day
Fri Good Friday
Thu Labour Day
Tue Independence Day
Fri Liberation Day
Mon Eid-El-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Fri Assumption Day
Thu Christmas Day
Fri Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates

26 Mar 2014 Rwanda 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Rwanda for the calendar year 2014.  25 Jun 2013 Rwanda Announces July 2013 Public Holidays (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda, through its Minister of Sports and Culture, Protais Mitali, has released a communique reminding the population of Rwanda that both Monday, July 1, 2013, and Thursday, July 4, 2013, will be non-working public holidays throughout Rwanda to commemorate Independence Day and Liberation Day respectively.  23 May 2013 Rwandan November 30 EAC Public Holiday Update (New Vision-Kampala) The former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has re-kindled the call for the member states of the East African Community (EAC), which includes Rwanda, to declare November 30 as the East African Day public holiday "to enhance citizens’ participation and awareness in the integration process".  28 Jan 2013 Rwanda Public Holiday February 1st (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda has released a communique reminding the population of Rwanda that Friday, February 1, 2013, will be a non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda.  07 Jan 2013 Rwanda 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda has released the full list of official non-working public holidays in Rwanda for the calendar year 2013.  11 Jan 2012 Rwanda 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda has released the full list of official non-working public holidays in Rwanda for the calendar year 2012.  29 Aug 2011 Rwandan End of Ramadan Public Holidays Announced (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The head of the Islamic community in Rwanda, Mufti Sheikh Abdul Karim Gahutu, has announced that the date of the upcoming Eid el-Fitr (End of Ramadan) public holiday in Rwanda would be Tuesday, August 30, 2011.  07 Mar 2011 Rwanda Amends Public Holidays Legislation (Rwanda Environment Management Authority-REMA) The Government of Rwanda has published the "Arrete Presidentiel N°06/01 Du 16/02/2011 Déterminant Les Jours Fériés Officiels" which legislates the list of Rwandan non-working public holidays, their date, and how many days each one lasts.  09 Aug 2010 Rwanda Declares August 10 Public Holiday (Rwanda News Agency-Kigali) The government of Rwanda, ministry of labour, has announced that all employees will have a day off from work on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, as the country waits for preliminary results from today's presidential elections.  08 Aug 2010 Rwanda Declares August 9 Public Holiday (Rwanda Minister of Information-Kigali) The Rwandan government has announced that Monday, August 9, 2010, the date of the upcoming presidential election, would be a one-off non-working public holiday.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Rwanda public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Rwanda are regulated by the Loi n° 51/2001 du 30 décembre 2001 (Labour Code) and specified by Presidential decrees, the most recent being the Arrêté présidentiel no 07/01 du 6 mars 1996 déterminant les jours fériés (Journal officiel, 1996-06-01, no 11, pp. 8-9), which abrogated the Arrêté présidentiel no 268/6/2 du 30 août 1973 déterminant les jours fériés and which was amended by the Presidential Order No 111/01 of 26 December 2003 determining public holidays.  Umuganda is a nation-wide community work programme implemented by the local government ministry, to keep the capital Kigali, and vicinity, clean. The community work is mandatory for every one, every last Saturday of the month, from 7am to noon. During Umuganda time, businesses close and no public transport operates in Rwanda. Actually no one is allowed to leave his/her neighborhood until noon, and defying this rule without an official authorization could lead to immediate arrest. Umuganda is performed countrywide and involves the participation of all; including the president, top government ministers and other high ranking government officials who put aside their formal attire to physically clean up the country. The local population also uses this as an opportunity to mingle with government officials and ask questions to key decision makers on policies that directly affect them on a day to day basis.  Genocide Memorial Day is part of Genocide Commemoration Week, which covers the 7 consecutive days from April 7 to 13 every year. Although not officially counted as public holidays, during these extra 6 days, the country is meant to stop and think about the 1994 genocide. Radio and Television stations, even privately owned ones, are only allowed to play programs relating to the genocide. In that context, many wealthy, and not so wealthy, Rwandans decide to spend the week abroad, and it might be difficult to meet with decision-makers. In any event, business entertainment during that period is out of the question.  International Women's Day is an important event in Rwanda, on which date employers and employees take a 1-hour break from work to discuss the status of women, but it stopped being an official public holiday, starting in 2006 (despite some embassy site still listing it as one of Rwanda's official public holidays).  Rwanda International Codes RW and RWA (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .rw (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Rwanda information and news: National Bank of Rwanda (Rwanda central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Rwanda maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Rwanda), and Wikipedia (includes Rwanda commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Rwanda, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Rwanda, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Rwanda. For more information, see our pages on the religious calendars of the world.


Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Rwanda that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.


Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Rwanda were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42°N, longitude, 39.82°E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules). For more details on Muslim holidays, see Muslim Calendar Holidays. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Rwanda, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Rwanda, before planning any trip to Rwanda. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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