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São Tomé and Príncipe

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Sao Tome and Principe

Holidays & Observances in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is an island country off the west coast of Africa. It was uninhabited before being taken over by the Portuguese who brought in slaves from other African countries to work the plantations. Forced labor only ended recently at around the time of independence in 1974. As a relatively new free country the identity of Sao Tome and Principe is still developing. Its culture reflects both its African and Portuguese influences. The main religion of Sao Tome and Principe is Roman Catholicism brought by the Portuguese. Almost all of the population practices some form of Christianity, so Christian holidays are enthusiastically celebrated by all.


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Country Observances

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Ash Wednesday / Carnival Ash Wednesday/Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs