They vary by country and may vary by year. With 36 days a year, Nepal is the country with the highest number of public holidays but it observes six working days a week. India ranks second with 21 national holidays, followed by Colombia and the Philippines at 18 each. Likewise, China and Hong Kong enjoy 17 public breaks a year. Some countries (e.g. Cambodia) with a longer, six-day workweek, have more holidays (28) to compensate.
The public holidays are generally days of celebration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration like Diwali. Holidays can land on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar Calendar.
The African states celebrates several key holidays or commemorative days as listed below
Africa Environment and Wangari Maathai Day 3rd March Africa Day 25th May Africa Border Day 7th June Africa Child Day 16th June African Refugee Day/ World Refugee Day 20th June African Public Service Day 23rd June Day of Africa ‘s Scientific Renaissance 30th June Africa Day of Seas and Oceans 25th July Africa’s Women Day 31st July Africa Day of Decentralisation and Local Development 10th August African Traditional Medicine Day 31st August African Union Day 9th September Africa Human Rights Day 21st October Africa Food Security and Nutrition Day 30th October Africa Youth Day 1st November African Statistics Day 18th November Africa Industrialisation Day 20th November Africa Telecommunications and ICT Day 7th December Day of African Sport 14th December
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