Rwanda announces two extra public holidays as festive season kicks in


Rwanda President Paul Kagame (PHOTO/Courtesy)

The Government of Rwanda has declared Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and January 2 — which are usually holidays.

“The Government this year has exceptionally designated Tuesday, 27 December 2022, and Tuesday, 3 January 2023 as additional public holidays to allow Rwandans to enjoy the festive season,” the Ministry of Public Service and Labour said in a statement released late Friday.

Usually, when a holiday falls on a weekend, it is compensated with the next workday, but this will not apply this time round as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (which are both on Sundays) will each be followed by another holiday, notably, Boxing Day and January 2, respectively.

The festive season is widely seen as an opportunity for families and friends to reunite and reconnect, and for people to take stock of the ending year and refresh and set resolutions for the New Year.

Meanwhile, the police have warned against reckless behaviour like driving under the influence of alcohol during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

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