This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Guatemala. 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.

April 18 Thursday Maundy Thursday Public holiday

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 Public holiday

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.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Observance

It's the day after Easter Sunday and is a Christian holiday in some countries.

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.

June 30 Sunday Army Day Public holiday

The day in honor of the military forces of the country.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Observance

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

September 15 Sunday Independence Day Public holiday

National holiday celebrated in Guatemala commemorating its struggle for independence.

October 12 Saturday Dia de la raza Public holiday

Celebrations honoring Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492

October 20 Sunday Revolution Day Public holiday

National holiday to commemorate the democratic revolution of 1944 when discontented university and military leaders overthrow the military dictator Jorge Ubico y Castaneda.

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Public holiday

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

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 26 Thursday Boxing Day Observance

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Guatemala in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Guatemala. 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.

April 18 Thursday Maundy Thursday Public holiday

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 Public holiday

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.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Observance

It's the day after Easter Sunday and is a Christian holiday in some countries.

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.

June 30 Sunday Army Day Public holiday

The day in honor of the military forces of the country.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Observance

The Assumption is important to many Christians as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven).

September 15 Sunday Independence Day Public holiday

National holiday celebrated in Guatemala commemorating its struggle for independence.

October 12 Saturday Dia de la raza Public holiday

Celebrations honoring Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492

October 20 Sunday Revolution Day Public holiday

National holiday to commemorate the democratic revolution of 1944 when discontented university and military leaders overthrow the military dictator Jorge Ubico y Castaneda.

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Public holiday

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

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 26 Thursday Boxing Day Observance

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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