Ministry declares May 1 as public holiday

The Ministry of the Interior has declared Tuesday, May 1, 2018 as a statutory public holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country.

This was in a statement signed by Mr Ambrose Dery, the Sector Minister and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.


Public holidays

Date English name
January 1 New Year
March 6 Independence Day
March or April Good Friday
Easter Monday
May 1 Labor Day
May 25 Africa Day
July 1 Republic Day
September 21 Founder’s Day
1st Friday in December Farmers’ Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day
variable Islamic Eid al-Fitr
Feast of the Sacrifice


  1. Introduced by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, National Farmers’ Day was organized as a day’s activity for the nation to honor its hard working farmers who excelled in their contribution to improve the agricultural sector with certificates and prizes. In 1988, the first Friday of every December was set aside by the government as Farmers’ Day and is celebrated as a statutory Public Holiday.
  2. With the exception of Farmers’ Day which is always on a Friday, when these dates fall at the weekend, the following Monday tends to be declared a holiday.
  3. The Founder’s day is celebrated in commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana.

Public holidays are not mandatory for all institutions/organizations in Ghana. Institutions/organizations that are exempt include; The Ghana National Fire Service, food vendors,some category of hotels, health service providers such as hospitals, dealers in pharmaceutical products etc.

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Ghana News Agency

The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

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