This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Ecuador. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 4 Monday Carnival Public holiday

Christian festive season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent.

March 5 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Public holiday

The day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" before Lent.

April 18 Thursday Maundy Thursday Observance

Christian holiday falling on the Thursday before Easter, which commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 20 Saturday Holy Saturday Observance

Christian holiday which commemorates the day that Jesus' body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell. It's the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter.

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 24 Friday The Battle of Pichincha Public holiday

This holiday honors the bravery of Patriot army which fought for the independence of Quito on 24th May 1822.

July 24 Wednesday Simón Bolívar´s Birthday Observance

This day honors the 1783 birth of Simon Bolivar.

August 10 Saturday Declaration of Independence of Quito Public holiday

Anniversary of proclamation of independence from Spain in 1809

October 9 Wednesday Independence of Guayaquil (Español) Public holiday

The city Guayaquil in Ecuador celebrates its independence as a city-state

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Public holiday

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on the day.

November 3 Sunday Independence of Cuenca Public holiday

Anniversary of declaration of Cuenca's freedom from Spanish rule

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Ecuador in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Ecuador. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 4 Monday Carnival Public holiday

Christian festive season that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent.

March 5 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Public holiday

The day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), this is a carnival day, and also the last day of "fat eating" before Lent.

April 18 Thursday Maundy Thursday Observance

Christian holiday falling on the Thursday before Easter, which commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 20 Saturday Holy Saturday Observance

Christian holiday which commemorates the day that Jesus' body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell. It's the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter.

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 24 Friday The Battle of Pichincha Public holiday

This holiday honors the bravery of Patriot army which fought for the independence of Quito on 24th May 1822.

July 24 Wednesday Simón Bolívar´s Birthday Observance

This day honors the 1783 birth of Simon Bolivar.

August 10 Saturday Declaration of Independence of Quito Public holiday

Anniversary of proclamation of independence from Spain in 1809

October 9 Wednesday Independence of Guayaquil (Español) Public holiday

The city Guayaquil in Ecuador celebrates its independence as a city-state

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Public holiday

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on the day.

November 3 Sunday Independence of Cuenca Public holiday

Anniversary of declaration of Cuenca's freedom from Spanish rule

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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