Madagascar celebrates the usual Christian holidays, and has three secular public holidays, during which many offices and shops will be closed. The country normally sees in the New Year with a three-day party, with ceremonies, song and dance – and again most offices are closed.

Public holidays

January New Year
March Martyrs’ Day, commemorating the Revolt of 1947
March/April Easter Monday (March 28, 2016; April 17, 2017; April 2, 2018)
May 1 Labour Day
May Ascension (May 5, 2016; May 25, 2017; May 10, 2018)
May/June Whitsun (May 16, 2016; June 5, 2017; May 21, 2018)
June 26 Independence Day
August 15 Assumption
November 1 All Saints’ Day
December 25 Christmas Day

A festival calendar

Diana festivals Festivals of culture, sport, music, dance and arts include: Zegny Zo in Diego Suarez (May); Kabiry in Ambilobe (Aug); and Sorogno in Ambanja (Sept).
Donia Nosy Be (a week or so in May or June) Hell-Ville and nearby villages stage shows of traditional music and dance with artists visiting from across the Indian Ocean region.
Famadihana Throughout the central highlands (June–Sept). Hundreds of two-day family exhumation and reburial ceremonies, with feasting and music.
Festivanille Satrahagna Sambava (Aug) Vanilla-flavoured series of weekend festivals in the Sava region (Vohémar, Andapa, Antalaha and Sambava), with sporting contests, music and dance.
Madajazzcar Antananarivo (Oct) International jazz festival.

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