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