Holidays in Guyana 2023

There are 15 public holidays in Guyana in 2023, two of which fall on weekends: Saturday and Sunday.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world. The holiday falls on January 1, 2023, and is observed on January 2, 2023.

Republic Day
Republic Day is a public holiday in Guyana, observed on February 23, 2023. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of when Guyana became a cooperative republic on February 23, 1970.

Phagwah (Holi)
Holi, observed on March 7, 2023, celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Holi is a festival of colors and people celebrate the holiday by throwing colored powder into the air or splashing them on others.

Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, April 7, 2023.

Easter Monday
Easter Monday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and it is the Monday after Easter Sunday. It is observed on April 10, 2023.

Labour Day
Labour Day is observed on May 1, 2023, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Arrival Day
Arrival Day, observed on May 5, 2023, is a public holiday in Guyana, and is observed on May 5 each year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary when the indentured laborers from India arrived in Guyana to work in sugar plantations on May 5, 1838.

Independence Day
Independence Day, observed on May 26, 2023, is a public holiday in Guyana, and it is observed on May 26 each year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of when Guyana gained its independence from the United Kingdom on May 26, 1966.

Eid-ul-Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice, is an important Muslim festival. The holiday falls on June 29, 2023, and it honors the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command.

CARICOM Day, observed on July 3, 2023, is a public holiday in Guyana, and it is observed on the first Monday in July each year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary when the Treaty of Chaguaramas was signed on July 4, 1973 in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago.

Emancipation Day
Emancipation Day is a public holiday in Guyana, and it is observed on August 1, 2023. The holiday commemorates the date when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into force, and slavery was abolished in Guyana in August 1834.

Also known as Mawlid, which commemorates the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, an Arab religious and political leader and the founder of Islam. Muhammad was born around 570 AD in Mecca, and he was a deeply spiritual man spending time in meditation. The holiday falls on September 28, 2023.

Diwali is the festival of lights in India and usually lasts five days. People light rows of lamps inside and outside their homes for the holiday, representing the triumph of light over dark and the power of good over evil. The holiday falls on November 12, 2023, and is observed on November 13, 2023.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2023, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day and is widely known as a shopping holiday in some countries. It falls on December 26, 2023.

The following is the list of public holidays in Guyana 2023.

New Year's DayJan 01, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
New Year's Day HolidayJan 02, 2023MondayObserved
Republic DayFeb 23, 2023ThursdayPublic Holiday
Phagwah (Holi)Mar 07, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Good FridayApr 07, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Easter MondayApr 10, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Labour DayMay 01, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Arrival DayMay 05, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Independence DayMay 26, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Eid-ul-AdhaJun 29, 2023ThursdayPublic Holiday
CARICOM DayJul 03, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Emancipation DayAug 01, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Youman-NabiSep 28, 2023ThursdayPublic Holiday
DeepawaliNov 12, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
Deepawali HolidayNov 13, 2023MondayObserved
Christmas DayDec 25, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Boxing DayDec 26, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Guyana in 2023.

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