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

January 6 Sunday Epiphany Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

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.

March 19 Tuesday Saint Joseph's Day Public holiday

In Western Christianity it's the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Also it's a Father's Day

April 14 Sunday Palm Sunday Observance

Christian feast that commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It falls on the Sunday before Easter.

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 Beginning of the Independence Movement Public holiday

Declaration of a local junta in Caracas on 19 April 1810, launching the road towards the First Republic of Venezuela and the start of Venezuelan War of Independence.

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 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 30 Thursday Ascension Day Observance

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter

June 20 Thursday Corpus Christi Observance

The Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist - known as transubstantiation.

June 24 Monday Carabobo Battle Public holiday

Honors both the birth of John the Baptist and the key 1821 battle in the Venezuelan War of Independence; tagged also as Army Day

June 29 Saturday Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Public holiday

A liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul

July 5 Friday Independence Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the signing of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence in 1811, marking the birth of the first independent nation of South America, also Armed Forces Day

July 24 Wednesday Simón Bolívar´s Birthday Public holiday

This day honors the 1783 birth of Simón Bolívar, also tagged as Navy Day honoring the victory in the Battle of Lake Maracaibo of 1823.

August 3 Saturday Flag Day Observance

A flag-related holiday, in honor of the disembarkation of Francisco de Miranda in La Vela de Coro, 1806.

August 4 Sunday National Guard´s Day Observance

The day to honor the Bolivarian National Guard of Venezuela.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Public holiday

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

September 11 Wednesday Our Lady of Coromoto Observance

Catholic holiday in honor of Virgin of Coromoto (Virgin Mary), the Patroness of Venezuela.

October 12 Saturday Indigenous Resistance´s Day (Español) Public holiday

Previously, in Venezuela the holiday was called Día de la Raza, commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas. Now honors the heroes of the anti-Spanish resistance of the indigenous peoples of Venezuela, also feast of Our Lady of the Pillar.

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Public holiday

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Observance

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on this day.

December 8 Sunday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observance

Christian holiday, conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Public holiday

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 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Public holiday

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Venezuela in 2019

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

January 6 Sunday Epiphany Observance

Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

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.

March 19 Tuesday Saint Joseph's Day Public holiday

In Western Christianity it's the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Also it's a Father's Day

April 14 Sunday Palm Sunday Observance

Christian feast that commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It falls on the Sunday before Easter.

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 Beginning of the Independence Movement Public holiday

Declaration of a local junta in Caracas on 19 April 1810, launching the road towards the First Republic of Venezuela and the start of Venezuelan War of Independence.

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 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 30 Thursday Ascension Day Observance

This holiday commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter

June 20 Thursday Corpus Christi Observance

The Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist - known as transubstantiation.

June 24 Monday Carabobo Battle Public holiday

Honors both the birth of John the Baptist and the key 1821 battle in the Venezuelan War of Independence; tagged also as Army Day

June 29 Saturday Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Public holiday

A liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul

July 5 Friday Independence Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the signing of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence in 1811, marking the birth of the first independent nation of South America, also Armed Forces Day

July 24 Wednesday Simón Bolívar´s Birthday Public holiday

This day honors the 1783 birth of Simón Bolívar, also tagged as Navy Day honoring the victory in the Battle of Lake Maracaibo of 1823.

August 3 Saturday Flag Day Observance

A flag-related holiday, in honor of the disembarkation of Francisco de Miranda in La Vela de Coro, 1806.

August 4 Sunday National Guard´s Day Observance

The day to honor the Bolivarian National Guard of Venezuela.

August 15 Thursday Assumption of Mary Public holiday

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

September 11 Wednesday Our Lady of Coromoto Observance

Catholic holiday in honor of Virgin of Coromoto (Virgin Mary), the Patroness of Venezuela.

October 12 Saturday Indigenous Resistance´s Day (Español) Public holiday

Previously, in Venezuela the holiday was called Día de la Raza, commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas. Now honors the heroes of the anti-Spanish resistance of the indigenous peoples of Venezuela, also feast of Our Lady of the Pillar.

November 1 Friday All Saints' Day Public holiday

Commemoration day for all Christian saints

November 2 Saturday All Souls' Day Observance

Christians typically remember deceased relatives on this day.

December 8 Sunday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Observance

Christian holiday, conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Public holiday

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 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Public holiday

The final day of the Gregorian year

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