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Bank and Public Holidays for Congo (DRC)  (formerly Zaire)

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A preview of the Congo (DRC) bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2019, 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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Congo (DRC) Public Holidays in 2019
Jan.    Tue New Year's Day
        Fri Martyrs' Day
        Wed Heroes' Day (Laurent Kabila)
        Thu Heroes' Day (Patrice Lumumba)
May     Wed Labour Day
        Fri Liberation Day (AFDL Anniversary)
June    Sat Independence Day Holiday
        Sun Independence Day
Aug.    Thu Parents' Day
Dec.    Wed Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates

14 Jan 2017 DR Congo Public Holidays January 16-17 (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The "Ministère de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Prévoyance Sociale" of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has announced that Monday and Tuesday, January 16-17, 2017, would be non-working public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  04 Jan 2017 DR Congo 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced its annual list of the non-working public holidays in the DRC for the calendar year 2017.  02 Jan 2017 DR Congo Public Holiday January 4 (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The Minister of Labour of the RDC (République Démocratique du Congo), Lambert Matuku Memas, has announced that Wednesday, January 4, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("déclarée chômée et payée sur toute l’étendu du territoire national").  28 Apr 2016 DR Congo Public Holiday April 30 (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The Vice-Prime Minister of the RDC (République Démocratique du Congo), Willy Makiashi, has declared Saturday, April 30, 2016, as a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday to compensate the annual, May 1st, RDC public holiday falling on a Sunday in 2016.  15 Feb 2016 DR Congo February 16 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The "Ministère de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Prévoyance Sociale" of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has issued a statement denying rumours that tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16, 2016, had been declared non-working public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("La journée reste donc ouvrable pour le travail sur toute l'étendue de la RDC ").  14 Jan 2016 DR Congo Public Holidays January 15-16 (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The "Ministère de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Prévoyance Sociale" of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has announced that Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, 2016, would be non-working public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("Les journées du vendredi 15 et samedi 16 janvier seront chômées et payées sur toute l'étendue du territoire nationale").  06 Jan 2016 DR Congo 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced its annual list of the non-working public holidays in the DRC for the calendar year 2016.  31 Jul 2015 DR Congo Public Holiday August 1 (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The "Vice-Premier Ministre en Charge de l'Emploi, Travail et Prévoyance Sociale" of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Willy Makiashi, has announced that Saturday, August 1st, 2015, would be non-working public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on account of the annual "Fête des Parents" annual non-working public holiday in the DRC.  12 May 2015 DR Congo Public Holidays May 16-17 (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The "Ministre de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Prévoyance Sociale" of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that Saturday, May 16, 2015, would be non-working public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on account of the annual "Révolution du 17 mai 1997" annual non-working public holiday in the DRC falling on a Sunday in 2015.  02 Feb 2015 DR Congo 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced its annual list of the non-working public holidays in the DRC for the calendar year 2015.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Congo (DRC) 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (aka. Zaïre) are regulated by the Ordonnance no 71-326 du 31 décembre 1971 fixant les jours fériés légaux as published in the Journal officiel, 1972-01-15 which was then followed by the Ordonnance Présidentielle n° 79/154 du 23 juin 1979.  History: Public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have gone through a series of changes according to the various regimes in power. •1960-1965: after independence, most public holidays were kept, except for July 21 (Belgium's national day) and January 4 and June 30 were added. •1966-1971: The new regime keeps existing public holidays and adds 2 party-related public holidays; November 17 and 24. •1972-1979: The MPR regime having launched an all-out assault on the Catholic Church, the list of public holidays is purged of all religious holidays, dropping from 14 to 9 annual public holidays. •1979-1990: This period sees the return of Chrismas and the replacement of All Saints' Day by the August 1st Parents' Day. President Mobutu's Birthday also becomes a public holidays. •1990-1996: After the dissolution of the MPR, May 20 is dropped from the list of public holidays. •1997-2000: This period sees the dropping of the 2 MPR-related November public holidays and the addition of the birthday of President Lumumba.  Day before Public Holidays: Note that the afternoon before a public holiday is often taken by employees in the D.R.C., particularly in the civil service .  Heroes' Day : This holiday name is used for both days. January 16 is the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Laurent Kabila and January 17 is the anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba who was the first legally elected Prime Minister of the DRC.  November 17 and 24: Many online sources still list these 2 dates as public holidays, but they were abrogated in 1997, when Président Laurent-Désiré Kabila and the Alliance des Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération (AFDL) took power.  Congo (DRC) International Codes CD and COD (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .cd (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Congo (DRC) information and news: Bank of Central African States (Congo (DRC) central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Congo (DRC) maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Congo (DRC)), and Wikipedia (includes Congo (DRC) 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 Congo (DRC), may belong to a religious group that is not common in Congo (DRC), 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 Congo (DRC).


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 2019 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Congo (DRC), 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 Congo (DRC), before planning any trip to Congo (DRC). 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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