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Public Holidays in Uganda

What is a public holiday?

This is a holiday or vacation which is set up by the national authorities of states or through worldwide agreements and is thus advised to be a non-working day. Public holidays are generally intended for celebrations, such as the celebration of an important happening like Uganda’s Martyrs’ Day, Uganda’s National Heroes’ Day, worldwide recognition of certain groups like the International Labour Day meant for workers, International Women’s Day (celebrated across the world to pay honour to the great women of the society) or devout commemorations like Christmas or Eid al-Adha or Eid Al-Fitr (End Of Ramadan) and others like Boxing Day which is celebrated after Christmas.

Below is our List of National Public Holidays celebrated in Uganda every year with some key information on the meaning of the respective holidays. Heads Up!: These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Month Date Public Holiday Comments
January 1st Jan New Year’s Day!
26th Jan NRM Liberation Day
February 16th February Archbishop Janani Luwum Day!
March 8th March International Women’s Day!
Exact Day Varies Good Friday Friday Before Easter Sunday
April Exact Day Varies Easter Sunday
Easter Monday Monday After Easter Sunday
May 1st May Labor Day
June 3rd June Martyr’s Day
9th June National Heroes’ Day
Exact Day Varies Eid Al-Fitr End Of Ramadan, Exact Day Varies
August Exact Day Varies Eid Al-Adha Feast Of the sacrifice, Exact Day Varies
October 9th October Independance Day
December 25th December Christmas Day
26th December Boxing Day

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