New holidays for Ghana as Akufo-Addo approves the Amendment Act

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Ghana President Akufo-Addo has approved the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act), on 16th April 2019. 

In December 2018 a bill was laid before parliament to amend the Public Holiday Act 2001 to provide for three different holidays. 
According to Ghanaweb, these new holidays were 7th of January which will be observed as the Constitution Day, the 4th of August will be described as the Founders Day and 21st of September will be Kwame Nkrumah Memorial 


In 2017, President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, proposed that August 4 should be observed as Founders Day in memory of the successive generations of Ghanaians who contributed to the liberation of the country from colonial rule and September 21 set aside as a memorial day for Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first President who was instrumental in the fight for the 6th March independence.

This bill has now been assented by the President and the following days will be observed as Statutory Public Holidays and Commemorative days. 

Public Holidays 

New Year's Day- 1st January 

Constitution Day- 7th January 

Independence Dy- 6th March

Good Friday 

Easter Monday 

Eid-Al-Adha (Hajj) 

Eid-Al-Fitr (Ramadan) 

Workers' Day- 1st May

Founders' Day -4th August 

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day- 21st September 

Farmers Day- 1st Friday in December 

Christmas Day- 25th December 

Boxing Day- 26th December

Commemorative days 

African Union Day- 25th May 

Republic Day- 1st July 

Whilst the Public holidays would be observed as such, the commemorative days would only be observed but not as holidays.