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Bank and Public Holidays for Ghana

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Ghana bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 4 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Ghana Public Holidays in 2018
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
Mar.  6 Tue Independence Day
     30 Fri Good Friday
Apr.  2 Mon Easter Monday
May     Tue May Day
        Fri Africa Unity Day
June    Fri Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
July    Sun Republic Day
        Mon Republic Day Holiday
Aug.    Tue Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Sep.    Fri Founders' Day (Kwame Nkrumah's Birthday)
Dec.    Fri Farmers' Day
        Tue Christmas Day
        Wed Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates

30 Dec 2016 Ghana 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Ghana Government Portal-Accra) Ghana's government has released its annual list of official non-working lay and religious non-working public holidays in Ghana for the calendar year 2017.  22 Dec 2016 Ghana Public Holidays December 27 and January 2 (Ghana News Agency-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, has announced that Ghana's President, John Dramani Mahama, had declared Monday, December 27, 2016, and Monday, January 2, 2017, as a statutory non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of the upcoming December 25 and January 1 annual public holidays in Ghana, falling on a weekend.  26 Nov 2016 Ghana December 7 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Ghana News Agency-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, has issued a statement indicating that Wednesday, December 7, 2016, had not been, and most likely would not be, declared a non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of that date's General Elections.  24 Nov 2016 Ghana Public Holiday December 2 (Ghana News Agency-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, has issued a statement indicating that Friday, December 2, 2016, had been declared a non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of Farmers’ Day, and that that day was a statutory holiday to be observed as such.  03 Nov 2016 Ghana Public Holiday November 4 (Ghana News Agency-Accra) After 2 months of announcements by various Ministers of Ghana (Ghana's Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Netson Akatey, in September, and the Interior Minister, Prosper Bani, late last month) that Friday, November 4, 2016, the date of this year's moved Farmers' Day, would not be a non-working public holiday in Ghana, earlier today, Ghana's Deputy Interior Minister, James Agalga, announced that Friday, November 4, 2016, would in fact be a "statutory public holiday and must be observed as such".  08 Sep 2016 Ghana 2016 Eidul-Adha Public Holidays (Ghana Government Portal-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, has issued a statement indicating that Monday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 21, 2016, were non-working public holidays in Ghana, and that both days are statutory holidays to be observed as such.  03 Sep 2016 Ghana November 4 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Ghana News Agency-Accra) The Public Relations Officer of Ghana's Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Netson Akatey, has issued a statement to the media informing them this year's National Farmer's Day, on November 4, would not be a non-working public holiday in Ghana.  30 Jun 2016 Ghana 2016 Ramadan Public Holiday (Ghana Government Portal-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Prosper D.K. Bani, has announced that Wednesday, July 6, 2016, had been declared as the date of the upcoming 2016 annual Eid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working public holidays in Ghana ("The general public is hereby, informed that Wednesday July 6, 2016, has been declared a public holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country.").  25 Jun 2016 Ghana Republic Public Holiday July 1st (Ghana News Agency-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, has announced that Friday, July 1st, 2016, was an annual statutory non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of the upcoming Republic Day annual public holiday, and should be observed as a non-working public holiday throughout Ghana.  30 May 2016 Ghana Could Cancel May 25 Public Holiday (Ghana News Agency-Accra) The leader of Ghana's Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has announced that if he wins the upcoming presidential elections in Ghana, he would act to cancel the annual, May 25, non-working public holiday of Ghana ("This will be on my hit list as the President of the Republic of Ghana").  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Ghana 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 Ghana are regulated by section 1 of the Public Holidays Act, 2001 (Act 601), which replaced the 1995 Public Holiday (Amendment) Act (Act 507), which in turn had amended the Public Holidays Law, 1988 (PNDCL 220).  Eid al Fitr was made a public holiday in Ghana following the 1995 Public Holiday (Amendment) Act (Act 507).  Farmers' Day: Employing around 60 percent of Ghana’s work force, agriculture is a labour-intensive sector, and farming still accounts for some 37 percent of Ghana’s gross domestic product, and 35 percent of its export earnings. The first Farmers' Day, in Ghana, was held at Osino in the Eastern Region, in 1985 .  June 4: June 4 was a public holiday until 2000 when it was removed from the list of public holidays by the NPP (New Patriotic Party). A last-ditch effort was made in late-May 2001, by the NDC (National Democratic Congress) to restore it, but the amendment failed to pass on June 1, 2001, and the issue has not resurfaced seriously since then.  Ghana International Codes GH and GHA (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .gh (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Ghana information and news: Bank of Ghana (Ghana central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Ghana maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Ghana), and Wikipedia (includes Ghana commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Ghana, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Ghana, 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 Ghana.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Ghana 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.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Ghana 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).


Disclaimer
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 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Ghana, 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 Ghana, before planning any trip to Ghana. 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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