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