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Dominican holidays

Official holidays 2007 [2006]

  • Monday, 1 January: New Yearís Day.
  • Saturday, 6 January: Epiphany.
  • Sunday, 21 January: Our Lady of Altagracia Day.
  • Tuesday, 27 February: Independence Day.
  • Monday, 24 September: Our Lady of Mercedes Day.
  • Tuesday, 25 December: Christmas Day.

The following holidays are being celebrated on the closest Monday to the actual date:

  • Friday, 26 January: Duarte Day. To be celebrated on Monday, 29 January.
  • Tuesday, 1 May: Labor Day. To be celebrated on Monday, 30 April.
  • Thursday, 16 August: Restoration Day. To be celebrated on Monday, 20 August.
  • Tuesday, 6 November: Constitution Day. To be celebrated on Monday, 5 November.

Rotating days as per the Roman Catholic Church calendar:

  • Friday, 6 April: Good Friday.
  • Thursday, 7 June. Corpus Christi Day.

Not a holiday, but observed by many:

  • Thursday, 26 April. National Secretary Day.
  • Wednesday afternoon and Thursday before Good Friday (4-5 April).
  • Sunday, 27 May. Motherís Day. Last Sunday in May.
  • Sunday, 29 July. Fatherís Day. Last Sunday in July.
  • Monday, 24 December. Christmas Day Eve.
  • Sunday, 31 December. New Yearís Eve.

Note that December is for Dominicans, what August is for Europeans. Do not expect to get anything major done in December. Too many parties going on.

Long weekends in 2007 (with Mondayís falling on a holiday):

  • 26, 27, 28, 29 January: Duarte Day long weekend.
  • 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 April: Easter long weekend. School is out from Monday, 2 April.
  • 27, 28, 29, 30 April: Labor Day long weekend.
  • 17, 18, 19, 20 August: Restoration Day long weekend.
  • 21, 22, 23, 24 September: Mercedes Day long weekend.
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 November: Constitution Day long weekend.
  • 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 December: Christmas Day long weekend.
  • 29, 30, 31 December 2007 / 1 January 2008: New Yearís long weekend.

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