Honduran Public Holidays and Commemorative Days

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These are the public holidays in Honduras:

Days off in Honduras
January 1 New Year’s Day
September 15 Independence Day
Holy Week Movable Feasts (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)
April 14 Day of The Americas (Pan American Day)
May 1 Workers’ Day (Labor Day)
October 3 Soldier’s Day (Francisco Morazan’s Birthday)
October 12 Hispanic Day or Discovery of the Americas (Columbus Day)
October 21 Armed Forces’ Day
December 25 Christmas Day

There are a couple of days that are not days off for the people in general, but in which school and college students do not attend classes:

June 11 Student’s Day (Jose Trinidad Reyes’ Birthday)
September 10 Children’s Day
September 17 Teacher’s Day

The Children’s Day is a day off only in primary schools, and the Student’s Day only in high schools. It is common for high school students to take the rest of the week off, the “Student’s Week”. Even more common is that, besides Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, students take the rest of the week off, the Holy Week.

Public holidays are not always granted as stated above, sometimes there are long weekends intended “to promote domestic tourism.” The problem is the government never plans these changes with anticipation and when in doubt people cannot make plans in advance.

Also commemorated as a special days are:

January 6 Three Wise Men Day or Epiphany Day
January 25 National Women’s Day
February 3 Day of the Virgin of Suyapa
February 14 Day of Love and Friendship (Valentine’s Day)
February 23 Friendship Day
March 8 International Women’s Day
March 19 Father’s Day
April 23 Spanish Language Day
Second Sunday of May Mothers Day
May 30 National Tree Day or Pine Day
June 28 Scarlet Macaw and White-tailed Deer Day (National Animals)
July 14 Honduran Day (Honduran Heritage Day, Hondurenity Day)
July 14 Bastille Day
July 14 Educator’s Day (Ramon Rosa’s Birthday)
July 20 Lempira Day (Indigenous’ Day)
August 3 Race Flag Day (Bandera de la Raza day)
September 1 National Flag Day
Last Sunday of September Bible Day
September 28 Delivery of the Independence Documents
September 29 Tegucigalpa Anniversary Day
October 9 Jose Dionisio de Herrera’s Birthday
October 13 Inter-American Culture Day
Last Saturday of October Thanksgiving Day
October 28 National Youth Day
November 1-2 Day of the Dead
November 22 Jose Cecilio del Valle’s Birthday
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 31 New Year’s Eve

Days of advocacy for different causes:

March 22 World Water Day
April 7 World Health Day
April 12 Day of the Black Ethnicity in Honduras
April 22 World Earth Day
Last Friday of April Day of Solidarity with the Handicapped
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia
May 31 Anti-Smoking Day, World Day against Drugs
June 5 World Environment Day
June 17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
4th Friday of July School Snack Day
Last Week of August National Family Week
Last Sunday of August Grandparents’ Day
September 8 International Literacy Day
September 16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
October 1 Senior Citizen’s Day
First Saturday of October Inter-American Water Day
October 13 International Day for Disaster Reduction
October 16 World Food Day
October 24 Human Rights Day
October 24 United Nations Day
October 24 Day for the Defense of the Constitution
October 25 Breast Cancer Day
December 1 World AIDS Day
December 5 International Volunteer Day

Days of celebration for union-based organizations and professional people:

March 14 Sportsman’s Day
April 26 Secretary’s Day
April 30 Lawyer’s Day
April 30 Photographer’s Day
May 12 Nurse’s Day
May 15 Agronomist’s Day
May 17 Accountant’s Day
May 25 Journalist’s Day
April 30 Photographer’s Day
June 24 Graphic Arts Day
July 14 Educator’s Day
July 16 Civil Engineer’s Day
July 28 Street Sweeper’s Day
August 13 Volunteeer First Aid Assistant’s Day
September 4 National Day of the Honduran Red Cross
September 7 Taxi Driver’s Day
October 27 Doctor’s Day
October 31 Fireman’s Day
November 9 Psychologist’s Day
November 11 Dentist’s Day
November 22 Economist’s Day
November 30 Composer’s Day
December 1 Radio Announcer’s Day

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