Public Holidays in Ghana have been categorized into two namely; Statutory Public Holidays and Commemorative days.
Statutory Public Holidays are holidays generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.
Whiles Commemorative days are certain days each year that have particular meaning or national significance and is NOT observed as public holiday or non-working day
This follows President Akufo-Addo’s assent to the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 the minister of interior, Ambrose Dery, announced that the president has officially assented to the Act.
“The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assented to the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986) on 16th April, 2019,” sections of the statement read.
“The Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 986) states, Statutory Public Holidays and Commemorative days,” it added.
Meanwhile, two more holidays have been officially added to Ghana’s holidays as part of the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019.
To this end, August 4 of every year will henceforth be a public holiday and will be known as Founders Day.
Also, January 7 of every year will be commemorated as Constitution Day.
The birthday of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, which hitherto was marked as the country’s Founders Day, is now known as Nkrumah Memorial Day
This brings to 13, the number of public holidays in Ghana currently, including the religious holidays.