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Public Holidays are days in a year which are normally made into law by lawmakers of a country to be non trading days or special days during the year. The public holidays are usually non -trading days of celebration of a significant cultural event whether faith based celebration like Ramadan or a unique day of the year or follow other types of calendar much like the Lunar Calendar.
There are various common public holidays celebrated throughout the whole world.  Some of them are listed below:

•    New Year Holiday - is commemorated on 1st of January, the very first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar besides the Julian calendar made use of in ancient Rome. When the New Year begins at the stroke of midnight, it is normally celebrated with fireworks. It is the closest thing to being the world’s only truly world-wide public holiday as most nations are using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar.

•    Labour Day Holiday is a once a year public holiday which is celebrated in most part of the world to celebrate the commercial and social achievements of workers. Labour Day is also known as May Day Public Holiday and it has its inception in the labour union movement, specially the eight-hour day movement. The specific date of the Labour Day public holiday differs from one country or state to another as it is fixed by the individual state and territory governments.

•    An Independence Day is celebrated every year commemorating the anniversary of a nation’s assumption of independent statehood, often after ceasing to be a colony or being part of another nation or state. In the majority of countries, Independence Day is proclaimed as a national holiday. Having said that, some nations observe other national days either as a substitute for or in addition to an independence day.

•    Easter Holidays are celebrated by Christians living worldwide to rejoice the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter monday is often proclaimed as a public holiday.

•    Christmas has grown into the major public holiday celebration with people celebrating as joyful holiday with boisterous parties and giving gifts to one another.

•    Eid al-Fitr is one of the two (Eid al-Adha is the other holiday) most important Islamic holiday, celebrated by Muslims

List of holidays in Cameroon


English Name

January 1

New Year's Day

January 1

Independence Day from France in 1960

February 11

Youth Day

May 1

Labour Day

May 20

National Day the Republic of Cameroon foundation

August 15


December 25

Christmas Day


1 October 1961 is the Independence Day of the British Southern Cameroons from UK but it's not celebrated.

Movable holidays

The following holidays are public holidays but the date on which each occurs varies, according to its corresponding calendar, and thus has no set date. In order in which they occur:

English Name


Eid ul-Adha

Feast of Sacrifice

Prophet's Birthday

Celebrates Muhammad's birthday

Good Friday

The Friday before Easter




39 days after Easter

Eid ul-Fitr

Celebrates end of Ramadan