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Ghana 2020 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Ghana Government Portal (Accra)
Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2020


The Ministry of Interior of Ghana's government has published the list of official non-working lay and religious non-working public holidays in Ghana for the calendar year 2020 ("Statutory Public Holidays And Commemorative Days In The Republic Of Ghana For The Year 2020").

Contrary to past announcements (2017-12-30, 2016-12-30, 2016-01-01, 2015-01-03, 2014-01-02, 2013-01-14 and 2012-01-25), except last year's (2019-02-06), the aforementioned list of official non-working public holidays in Ghana for the year 2020 does not contain estimated dates for the 2 Muslim public holidays in Ghana (2018-06-14, 2017-08-24, 2017-06-19, 2016-09-08, 2016-06-30, 2015-09-16, 2015-07-17, 2015-07-13, 2014-10-01, 2014-07-21, 2013-10-11, 2013-08-05, 2012-10-22, 2012-08-16, 2011-11-02 and 2011-08-26) as specified in the nota bene footnote ("There are no fixed dales for the Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha because they are movable feasts. The dates for their observation are provided by the Office of the Chief Imam in the course of the Year.").

The list of official non-working public holidays in Ghana for the year 2020 confirms the late 2018, early 2019, discussions (2019-12-28, 2019-05-08, 2018-12-28, 2018-12-14, 2017-09-18) leading to changes to the Founder's Day public holiday (2014-09-19, 2013-09-20, 2013-02-20, 2012-09-19, 2011-09-19, 2010-09-20, 2009-09-03, and 2009-02-20), added a decade ago.

The list of official non-working lay and religious non-working public holidays in Ghana for the calendar year 2020, as released by the Ministry of Interior of Ghana, also includes a list of Commemorative Day; African Union Day and Republic Day with the note that "Commémorative Days would not to be observed as public holidays".

Finally, recall that Ghana's main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that it would restore the recently-canceled July 1st Republic Day public holiday of Ghana, if the NDC wins the next general elections in Ghana ("The NDC would want to assure all Ghanaians living everywhere that upon its assumption of office in January 2021, Republic Day will be accorded full recognition as one of the more important national days in our history").



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