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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Bénin public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of August 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 Bénin public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Bénin public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Aug
  • 13
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  • Benin Public Holiday August 15

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and of the Public Sector, Mathys Adidjatou, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Thursday, August 15, 2019, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "ffête de l'Assomption" annual non-working public holiday of Bénin.
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  • Aug
  • 9
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  • Benin Public Holiday August 11

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and of the Public Sector, Mathys Adidjatou, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Sunday, August 11, 2019, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "ffête de la Tabaski" (Feast of Sacrifice) annual non-working public holiday of Bénin.
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  • Jun
  • 6
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  • Benin Public Holiday June 10

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and of the Public Sector, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Monday, June 10, 2019, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "fête de la Pentecôte" annual non-working public holiday of Bénin.
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  • Jun
  • 3
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  • Benin Public Holiday June 4

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail et de La Fonction Publique, Mathys Adidjatou, announcing that Tuesday, June 4, 2019, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming 2019 End of Ramadan (Aïd El-Fitr) annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin.
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  • May
  • 27
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  • Benin Public Holiday May 30

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Thursday, May 30, 2019, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "l’ascension, la fête chrétienne commémorant la montée de Jésus Christ au Ciel à la vue de ses disciples" annual non-working public holiday in the Bénin.
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  • Jan
  • 16
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  • Bénin 2019 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Bénin for the calendar year 2019.
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • Benin Vaudoun Public Holiday January 10

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The Ministry of Labour of the government of Benin released the communiqué N°001MTFP/DC/SGM/DGT/DRP/SRI announcing that Thursday, January 10, 2019, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Bénin for the "fête annuelle des religions traditionnelles" (traditional religions day).
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2018

  • Nov
  • 16
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  • Benin Public Holiday November 20

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mathys Adidjatou, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Tuesday, November 20, 2018, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming Maouloud annual non-working public holiday in the Bénin celebrating the anniversary of the Prophet Mohammed.
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  • Oct
  • 30
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  • Benin Public Holiday November 1

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Thursday, November 1, 2018, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "fête catholique de la Toussaint, qui célèbre tous les saints" annual non-working public holiday in the Bénin.
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  • Aug
  • 9
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  • Benin Public Holiday August 15

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Wednesday, August 15, 2018, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "fête de l'Assomption" annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin.
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  • Jul
  • 24
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  • Benin Public Holiday August 1

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué signed by Benin's Minister of Labour, Mathys Adidjatou, announcing that Wednesday, August 1, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin.
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  • Jun
  • 12
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  • Benin Public Holiday June 15

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail et de La Fonction Publique, Mathys Adidjatou, announcing that Friday, June 15, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming End of Ramadan (Aïd El-Fitr) annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin.
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  • Jan
  • 24
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  • Bénin 2018 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Bénin for the calendar year 2018.
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • Benin Vaudoun Public Holiday January 10

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - Late Friday night, the Ministry of Labour of the government of Benin released a communiqué announcing that Wednesday, January 10, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Bénin for the "célébration des cultes endogènes" (traditional religions day).
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2017

  • Nov
  • 28
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  • Benin Maouloud Public Holiday November 30

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué ("note de service N°049MTFP/DC/SGM/DGT/DRP/SRI en date à Cotonou le 27 Novembre 2017") signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour, announcing that Thursday, November 30, 2017, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin of the "Maouloud" (the Prophet's Birthday).
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  • Aug
  • 10
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  • Benin Public Holiday August 15

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Tuesday, August 15, 2017, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "fête de l'Assomption" annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin.
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  • Jun
  • 23
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  • Benin Public Holiday June 26

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail, De La Fonction Publique Et Des Affaires Sociales, announcing that Monday, June 26, 2017, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming End of Ramadan annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin.
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  • Feb
  • 11
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  • Bénin 2017 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Bénin for the calendar year 2017.
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  • Jan
  • 6
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  • Benin Public Holiday January 10

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's Cabinet Director, David Vidéhouénou, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail, De La Fonction Publique Et Des Affaires Sociales, Adidjatou Mathys, announcing that Tuesday, January 10, 2017, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Bénin for the "célébration des cultes endogènes" (traditional religions day).
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2016

  • Dec
  • 9
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  • Benin Public Holiday December 11

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released the communiqué 040/MTFPAS/DC/SGM/DGT/DRP/SA, signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's Cabinet Director, David Vidéhouénou, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail, De La Fonction Publique Et Des Affaires Sociales, Adidjatou Mathys, announcing that Sunday, December 11, 2016, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin of the "fête de Maoloud" (the Prophet's Birthday).
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  • Sep
  • 8
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  • Benin Public Holiday September 12

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released the communiqué 034/MTFPAS/DC/SGM/DGT/DRP/SRI, signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's Cabinet Director, David Vidéhouénou, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail, De La Fonction Publique Et Des Affaires Sociales, Adidjatou Mathys, announcing that Monday, September 12, 2016, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin for the Tabaski (aka. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice).
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  • Aug
  • 12
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  • Benin Public Holiday August 15

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released a communiqué signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, Adidjatou Mathys, announcing that the government of President Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon had declared Monday, August 15, 2016, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "fête de l'Assomption" annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin.
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  • Jul
  • 2
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  • Benin Public Holiday July 6

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has released the communiqué 028/MTFPAS/DC/SGM/DGT/DRP/SRI, signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's Cabinet Director, David Vidéhouénou, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail, De La Fonction Publique Et Des Affaires Sociales, Adidjatou Mathys, announcing that Wednesday, July 6, 2016, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming End of Ramadan annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin.
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  • Apr
  • 5
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  • Benin Public Holiday April 6

    Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has declared Wednesday, April 6, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in Bénin ("Le gouvernement déclare la journée du 06 avril chômée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire National") on account of the upcoming presidential inauguration of president-elect, Patrice Talon, that will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
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  • Mar
  • 3
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  • Benin March 4 Public Holiday Canceled

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - Earlier tonight, the government of Benin issued a television statement infirming the previous announcement that Friday, March 4, 2016, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Bénin on account of the upcoming Presidential elections that will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016.
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  • Mar
  • 2
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  • Benin Public Holiday March 4

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Benin, through its "ministre du travail et de la fonction publique", Aboubacar Yaya, has declared Friday, March 4, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in Bénin ("la journée du vendredi 04 Mars 2016 est déclarée chomée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire national") on account of the upcoming Presidential elections that will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016.
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  • Feb
  • 24
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  • Bénin 2016 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Bénin for the calendar year 2016.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 21
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  • Benin Public Holiday December 23

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Benin, through its "ministre de la fonction publique", Aboubacar Yaya, has declared Wednesday, December 23, 2015, as a non-working public holiday in Bénin ("a déclaré la journée du mercredi 23 décembre chômée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire national") on account of the upcoming annual Maloud non-working public holiday of Bénin (the Prophet's birthday).
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  • Apr
  • 19
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  • Benin Public Holiday April 20

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Benin has declared Monday, April 20, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Bénin (a déclaré chômé et payé cette journée du lundi 20 avril 2015") to give voters more time to get their voter registration cards.
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  • Jan
  • 9
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  • Bénin 2015 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Bénin for the calendar year 2015.
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2014

  • Jan
  • 12
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  • Bénin 2014 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Bénin for the calendar year 2014.
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2013

  • Feb
  • 15
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  • Bénin 2013 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced the list of expected 2013 non-working public holidays in Bénin.
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2012

  • Feb
  • 5
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  • Bénin 2012 Public Holidays Announced

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has announced the list of expected 2012 non-working public holidays in Bénin.
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2011

  • Nov
  • 17
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  • Bénin Declares November 18 Public Holiday

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has declared Friday, November 18, 2011, as a paid non-working public holiday (journée déclarée chômée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire national) to coincide with Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cotonou.
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  • Jul
  • 27
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  • Bénin Declares August 2 Public Holiday

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - A spokesman for President Boni Yayi, Marcel de Souza, has announced to the media that Tuesday, August 2, 2011, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée).
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  • Mar
  • 10
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  • Bénin Declares March 11 Public Holiday

    Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi (Cotonou) - A spokesman for President Boni Yayi, Marcel de Souza, has announced to the media that Friday, March 11, 2011, would be declared a one-off public holiday to allow voters more time during the current voter registration.
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  • Jan
  • 24
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  • Bénin Declares January 28 Public Holiday

    Conseil des Ministres de la République du Bénin (Cotonou) - Bénin's Deuxième Secrétaire Général du Gouvernement, Eugène Dossoumou, has announced that the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bénin had declared Friday, January 28, 2011, as a one-off public holiday, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bénin's armed forces.
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2010

  • May
  • 12
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  • Benin Declares May 14 Census Public Holiday

    Conseil des Ministres de la République du Bénin (Cotonou) - Bénin's Secrétaire Général du Gouvernement, Ibraïma Soulemane, has announced that the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bénin had declared Friday, May 14, 2010, as a one-off public holiday, to assist in the progress of Bénin's current census.
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2009

  • Jun
  • 10
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  • Benin Declares 3-Day Mourning Period

    Afrique en Ligne (Cotonou) - At an extraordinary council of ministers meeting, yesterday, Benin's government declared three days of national mourning, starting from today, June 10.
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2008

  • May
  • 16
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  • Benin Declares May 22 Public Holiday

    Panafrican News Agency (PANA) - The government of Benin has declared Thursday, May 22, 2008, as a one-off public holiday.
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2007

  • Dec
  • 7
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  • Bénin Declares December 20 Public Holiday

    Conseil des Ministres de la République du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has declared Thursday, December 20, 2007, as a paid non-working public holiday (la journée du 20 décembre 2007 est déclarée chômée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire national).
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  • May
  • 23
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  • Bénin Declares May 28 Public Holiday

    Conseil des Ministres de la République du Bénin (Cotonou) - The government of Bénin has declared Monday, May 28, 2007, as a paid non-working public holiday (le conseil des ministres déclare la journée du lundi 28 mai 2007, chômée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire national).
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2006

  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Bénin Public Holidays News Update

    IFES Election Guide - Next parliamentary elections - March 25, 2007.
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1998

  • Jan
  • 5
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  • Benin's Animist Festival Confirmed As Official Public Holiday

    The Economist - Benin will celebrate its traditional Vodoun religion festival as an official gazetted public holiday, on January 10, 1998, after a motion to remove the festival from the list of Benin's public holidays was rejected by Parliament late last year.
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See also: Bénin bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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