All Things Kenyan

December Holidays in Africa

First Friday
National Farmers’ Day
Celebrated in: Ghana

December 1
Pioneers’ Day
Celebrated in: Angola

December 1
Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic A national holiday celebrating independence achieved on August 13, 1960. The country was formerly known as Ubangi-Shari.
Celebrated in: Central African Republic

December 2
Day After Republic Day
Celebrated in: Central African Republic

December 7
Independence Day The Ivory Coast became fully independent on August 7, 1960, but the holiday has been moved to December 7.
Celebrated in: Ivory Coast

December 9
Independence Day
Celebrated in: Tanzania

December 9
MPLA Foundation Day The controlling MPLA-Labor party was formed on December 10, 1977.
Celebrated in: Angola

December 10
Human Rights Day Commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations produced the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Celebrated in: Namibia

December 12
Jamhuri Day A celebration of independence since 1963. If it falls on a weekend, there may be a day off on the following Monday.
Celebrated in: Kenya

December 16
Day of Reconciliation A day set aside to focus on overcoming the conflicts of the past and building a new nation.
Celebrated in: South Africa

December 18
Republic Day
Celebrated in: Niger

December 20
Feast of the Sacrifice
Celebrated in: Guinea-Bissau

December 21
National Tree-Planting Day
Celebrated in: Malawi

December 23
Victory Day
Celebrated in: Egypt

December 25
Celebrated in: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, The Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Sudan, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

December 25
Family Day
Celebrated in: Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe

December 26
Boxing Day It takes its name from the custom of sending Christmas boxes to errand boys, porters, servants, mail carriers, and others entitled to small gifts at this time. A legal holiday in many of the former possessions of the British Empire.
Celebrated in: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland

December 26
Harvest Day
Celebrated in: Benin

December 26
Family Day A post-Christmas holiday.
Celebrated in: Namibia

December 30
Republic Day December 30. 1975 Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Madagascar.
Celebrated in: Madagascar

December 31
Revolution Day
Celebrated in: Ghana