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A preview of the Rwanda 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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Rwanda Public Holidays in 2019
Jan.    Tue New Year's Day
        Wed New Year Holiday
Feb.    Fri National Heroes' Day
Apr.    Sun Tutsi Genocide Memorial Day
        Fri Good Friday
May     Wed Labour Day
June    Tue Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
July    Mon Independence Day
        Thu Liberation Day
Aug.    Fri Umuganura (Harvest Thanksgiving)
        Sun Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Mon Eid-al-Adha Holiday
        Thu Assumption Day
Dec.    Wed Christmas Day
        Thu Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates

03 Jan 2017 Rwanda 2017 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 2017.  01 Aug 2016 Rwanda Public Holiday August 5 (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda through the Rwandan Ministry of Labor, has released a communique declaring Friday, August 5, 2016, as a non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda on account of the upcoming annual Umuganura Rwandan public holiday, which "normally takes place on August, 1st every year".  05 Jul 2016 Rwanda Eid Al-Fitr 2015 Public Holidays (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) Earlier tonight, the Government of Rwanda, through its Ministry of Public Service and Labour, issued a communique announcing to the population of Rwanda that Wednesday, July 6, 2016, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda on account of the upcoming annual Rwandan public holiday to mark Eid Al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).  01 May 2016 Rwanda Public Holiday May 2 (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda has released a communique reminding the population of Rwanda that Monday, May 2, 2016, will be a day in lieu non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda on account of the upcoming annual Rwandan public holiday to mark Workers' Day falling on a Sunday in 2016.  15 Dec 2015 Rwanda Public Holiday December 18 (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) The Government of Rwanda has released a communique announcing that Friday, December 18, 2015, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda on account of the upcoming referendum on the removal of a two-term limit for President from the Rwandan constitution.  01 Nov 2015 Rwanda 2016 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 2016.  16 Jul 2015 Rwanda Eid Al-Fitr 2015 Public Holidays (Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) Earlier tonight, the Government of Rwanda, through its Ministry of Public Service and Labour, issued a communique announcing to the population of Rwanda that Friday, July 17, 2015, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda on account of the upcoming annual Rwandan public holiday to mark Eid Al-Fitr.  01 Jul 2015 Rwanda 2015 Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted (Rwanda Environment Management Authority-REMA) The Government of Rwanda has gazetted the "Presidential Order N°42/03 Of 30/06/2015 Determining Official Holidays" ("Iteka Rya Perezida N°42/03 Ryo Ku Wa 30/06/2015 Rishyiraho Iminsi Y?ibiruhuko Rusange") which legislates the list of Rwandan non-working public holidays, their date, and how many days each one lasts, as well as the more recently added annual non-working public holidays in Rwanda.  18 May 2015 Rwanda Public Holidays Amendments 2015 (Rwandan Ministry of Public Service and Labour-MIFOTRA) The Cabinet of the Government of Rwanda has approved the "Presidential Order determining public holidays" which adds 3 annual non-working public holidays to the list of Rwandan annual non-working public holidays, effective as soon as the PO is gazetted.  26 Jan 2015 Rwanda 2015 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 2015.  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 and the Presidential Order determining public holidays of 14 may 2015.  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), UnitedHealthcare Global (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).


Footnotes
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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.

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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.

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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).


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 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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