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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.

 

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
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
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity