Equatorial Guinea Public Holidays

Equatorial Guinea Holidays

The Equatorial Guinea is a small country in Central Africa with over 700,000 people. The main languages spoken in the region are Spanish and French. The natives also speak the indigenous Bubi and Fang languages. The Roman Catholic faith is the dominant religion in this tropical country.

The Equatorial Guinea Calendar contains the following National and Christian holidays (public holidays):

New Year’s Day: The New Year celebrations are held on 1 January.

March Equinox: This seasonal holiday is on 20 March, the start of the first equinox according to the solar/lunar calendar. It has to do with the positions of the Earth’s equator and the sun at this time of the year.

Maundy Thursday: This is a Christian holiday before Good Friday. The tentative date for this observance is 5 April, but it keeps changing.

Good Friday: The day of the crucifixion of Christ comes after Maundy Thursday. So in this case, the holiday will be on 6 April. The date is tentative and there is actually no fixed date for this holiday. It will change each year according to the Christian calendar.

Labor Day: Also called ‘May Day’ this is a day for recognition of the worker. It is observed on the 1st of May.

President’s Day: The day for the President is on 5 June.

Corpus Christi: A holiday in remembrance of Christ by partaking in the Holy Communion or eucharist.This is observed on 7 June on a Thursday after Pentecost. This is a floating date that depends on the Christian calendar. The holiday is affected by the dates for Easter.

June Solstice: The winter solstice on 20 June according to the solar calendar. Sun reaches its highest altitude away from the earth.

Freedom Day: This marks the day of Freedom – 3 August.

Constitution Day: Commemoration of the constitution of Equatorial Guinea. The is the day of 15 August.

September Equinox: The second equinox of the year is on 22 September according to the solar calendar

Independence Day: A day to celebrate independence, observed on 12 October

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: A Christian feast to celebrate the birth of Virgin Mary. The immaculate conception is a birth that does not inherit natural sin. Note that the bible says ‘all men have sinned’. This natural sin was inherited from Adam and Eve when they fell to the temptations of the devil in the garden of Eden.

Human Rights Day: An occasion to highlight the importance of human rights. Held on 10 December.

December Solstice: The second solstice of the year happens on 21 December according to the astronomical calendar. Sun reaches its lowest altitude away from earth.

Christmas Day: The birth of Christ is celebrated on 25 December. It’s both a Christian observance and a local observance.