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Ghana Public Holiday December 4

Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra)
Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: December 2, 2020

Ghana's Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has issued a press release announcing that Friday, December 4, 2020, would be a public holiday in Ghana ("The general public is hereby reminded that Friday, 4th December, 2020 which marks Farmer’s Day is a statutory public holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country.").

The aforementioned announcement is, in fact, partially incorrect, as this year's Farmers' Day was moved to Friday, November 6, 2020, as happens every election year, when Farmers' Day is moved to the first Friday of November, while the associated public holiday of Ghana remains on the first Friday of December (2012-11-29, 2012-10-29, 2008-11-06, 2004-11-26, 2004-10-25 and 2000-10-27), instead of Farmers' Day its related public holiday being observed jointly on the first Friday of December (2020-11-02).

The observance of a public holiday on Friday, December 4, 2020, is in line with the list of 2020 public holidays in Ghana, as announced in the "Statutory Public Holidays And Commemorative Days In The Republic Of Ghana For The Year 2020", released earlier this year (2020-01-05).

The general confusion about this mechanism, can cause the government to issue conflicting announcements about Farmer's Day, as was the case, 4 years ago, when for many weeks prior to November 4, Ghana's Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Netson Akatey (2016-09-03), and Ghana's Interior Minister, Prosper Bani (2016-11-03), announced in turn that Friday, November 4, 2016, the date of that year's Farmers' Day, would, and would not, be a non-working public holiday in Ghana, despite the list of official 2016 non-working public holidays in Ghana, announced earlier that year (2016-01-01).

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