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Holidays & Observances in Uruguay

Uruguay is a Spanish-speaking country in South America. Unlike many of the surrounding countries, Uruguay is made up of people mostly of European descent, with Spanish and Italian being the most common ethnicities. Its culture has been affected by African and indigenous cultures – like the rest of Latin America, but it is much more influenced by European culture. It is one of the most secular countries in all of the Americas, but Roman Catholicism is still an important part of the culture and its holidays are widely celebrated.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Epiphany Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic