Holidays

Ghana shares a few national holidays with the United States, but also celebrates several different ones. Over the next year, I’ll showcase each one, sharing the significance and how it’s celebrated here in Ghana.

  • September 21 – Founder’s Day
  • December 7 – Farmer’s Day
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 26 – Boxing Day
  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • March 6 – Independence Day
  • April 19 – Good Friday
  • April 22 – Easter Monday
  • May 1 – May Day
  • May 25 – African Unity Day
  • June ()- Eid al Fitr
  • July ()- Republic Day
  • August 22 – Eid al Adha

Founder’s Day:

Friday, September 21st is Founder’s Day, otherwise known as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, a national public holiday in Ghana. I would compare this day to President’s Day in the United States. Held on the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, it is an opportunity to remember an important person in Ghana’s path to independence and who served as the first president of the new republic in 1960.

This day was declared a holiday by the president in 2009. In honor of this day, the children had the day off from school. There is a push to make this a day of service, like we have seen with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. National Volunteer Day (NVDay) is an initiative of the GhanaThink Foundation’s Ghana Volunteer Program. They encourage as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer in an activity to make Ghana better. These activities took place in larger towns and cities around the country.