Public Holidays

On major holidays, banks, offices and other services close. Transportation gets crowded, so buy bus tickets in advance. Major holidays are sometimes celebrated for several days around the actual date. If an official public holiday falls on a weekend, offices may be closed on the nearest Friday or Monday.

New Year’s Day January 1

Epiphany January 6

Semana Santa (Easter Week) March/April

Labor Day May 1

Battle of Pichincha May 24

Simón Bolívar’s Birthday July 24

Quito Independence Day August 10

Guayaquil Independence Day October 9

Columbus Day/Día de la Raza October 12

All Saints’ Day November 1

Day of the Dead (All Souls’ Day) November 2

Cuenca Independence Day November 3

Christmas Eve December 24

Christmas Day December 25