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Bank and Public Holidays for Ghana

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A preview of the Ghana bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, 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 2021 Observance*
Jan.    Fri New Year's Day
Mar.    Sat Independence Day
        Mon Independence Day Holiday
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Mon Easter Monday
May     Sat May Day
        Mon May Day Holiday
        Thu Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
        Tue Africa Unity Day
July    Thu Republic Day
        Tue Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Aug.    Wed Founders Day Tentative
Sep.    Tue Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day
Dec.    Fri Farmers' Day
        Sat Christmas Day
        Sun Boxing Day
        Mon Christmas Holiday
        Tue Christmas Holiday
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

18 Sep 2017 Ghana To Change September 21 Public Holiday (Ghana News Agency-Accra) The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, has announced that he will propose legislation to designate August 4 as a new annual public holiday in Ghana to mark Founders Day, in the place of the current, September 21, annual public holiday of Ghana, marking the birth anniversary of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah.  24 Aug 2017 Ghana 2017 Eidul-Adha Public Holidays (Ghana Government Portal-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has issued a statement indicating that Friday, September 1, 2017, will be a non-working public holidays in Ghana on the occasion of the 2017 Eidul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), and a statutory holiday to be observed as such.  19 Jun 2017 Ghana 2017 Ramadan Public Holiday (Ghana Government Portal-Accra) Ghana's Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has announced that Monday, June 26, 2017, had been declared as the date of the upcoming 2017 annual Eid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working public holidays in Ghana.  17 May 2017 Ghana Public Holiday May 25 (Ghana News Agency-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has announced that the Government of Ghana had declared Thursday, May 25, 2017, as a statutory non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of the upcoming African Union Day annual public holiday.  27 Apr 2017 Ghana Public Holiday May 1 (Ghana Government Portal-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has issued a statement informing the public that Monday, May 1, 2017, had been declared as the annual non-working public holiday in Ghana, on account of the annual statutory public holiday for May Day in Ghana.  27 Feb 2017 Ghana Public Holidays March 6 (Ghana Government Portal-Accra) Ghana's Minister of the Interior has issued a statement, signed by the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, reminding the public that Monday, March 6, 2017, will be a statutory public holiday marking Ghana's Independence Anniversary, under this year's theme "Mobilizing for Ghana’s future".  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.  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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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Ghana, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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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 2021 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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