Holidays in Burkina Faso 2023

There are 15 public holidays in Burkina Faso in 2023, two of which fall on weekends.

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.

Revolution Day
Revolution Day is observed on January 3, 2023, and commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 Upper Voltan coup, which forced President Maurice Yameogo to resign.

Women's Day
The holiday is one of the most important days to recognize the achievements made by women and to raise awareness about women's equality. It is observed on March 8, 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.

Eid al-Fitr
This is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide, celebrating the end of a month of fasting. The holiday falls on the first day of Syawal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The holiday is observed on April 21, 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.

Ascension Day
Also known as the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Ascension Day commemorates the Christian belief in the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It falls on May 18, 2023.

Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice, is an important Muslim festival observed on June 28, 2023, and it honors the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command.

Independence Day
Independence Day is observed on August 5, 2023, and commemorates the anniversary of Burkina Faso gaining its independence from France on this day in 1960.

Assumption of Mary
Assumption Day commemorates the day that the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven. The holiday is observed on August 15, 2023.

Prophet's Birthday
The holiday, observed on September 27, 2023, 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.

Martyrs' Day
Martyrs' Day is observed on October 31, 2023, and commemorates the victims of the 2015 coup d'├ętat. The coup was launched on September 16, 2015, and failed on September 23, 2015. Eleven people died and over 100 were injured.

All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day is observed on November 1, 2023, and commemorates all the saints from Christian history, including those known and unknown.

Proclamation of Independence Day
Proclamation of Independence Day is observed on December 11, 2023, and commemorates the anniversary of when Burkina Faso achieved self-government in 1958 within the French Community.

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.

The following is the list of public holidays in Burkina Faso 2023.

HolidayDateWeekdayNote
New Year's DayJan 01, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
New Year's Day HolidayJan 02, 2023MondayObserved
Revolution DayJan 03, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Women's DayMar 08, 2023WednesdayPublic Holiday
Easter MondayApr 10, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Eid al-FitrApr 21, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Labour DayMay 01, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Ascension DayMay 18, 2023ThursdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-AdhaJun 28, 2023WednesdayPublic Holiday
Independence DayAug 05, 2023SaturdayPublic Holiday
Assumption of MaryAug 15, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Prophet's BirthdaySep 27, 2023WednesdayPublic Holiday
Martyrs' DayOct 31, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
All Saints' DayNov 01, 2023WednesdayPublic Holiday
Proclamation of
Independence Day
Dec 11, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Christmas DayDec 25, 2023MondayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Burkina Faso in 2023.

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