Public holidays in Uruguay

The following are public holidays in Uruguay.[1]

Date English name Spanish name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Año Nuevo
January 6 Children's Day Día de los Niños (Día de Reyes)
moveable in late February or early March Carnival Carnaval
moveable in late March or early April Tourism Week (in place of Christian Holy week) Semana de Turismo (formerly Semana Santa)
April 19 Landing of the 33 Patriots Day Desembarco de los 33 Orientales
May 1 International Workers' Day Día de los Trabajadores
May 18 Battle of Las Piedras Batalla de las Piedras
June 19 Birthday of José Gervasio Artigas and Never Again Day Natalicio de Artigas y Día del Nunca Más
July 18 Constitution Day Jura de la Constitución To commemorate the promulgation of the First Constitution of Uruguay in 1830
August 25 Independence Day Día de la Independencia From the Empire of Brazil in 1825
October 12 Day of the race (Columbus Day) Día de la Raza
November 2 Deceased ones day Día de los Difuntos
December 25 Day of the Family ( Christmas ) Día de la Familia (Navidad)

Only 5 of these holidays (January 1, May 1, July 18, August 25 and December 25) imply a mandatory paid leave for workers. Most of the other days are only observed by schools and some public sector offices.

Moveable holidays

According to Uruguayan Law 16,805 with modifications of Law 17,414, the holidays declared by law, subject to the commemoration of them, follow the following scheme (whose conmemoration as “moveable holidays”):[2][3]

This will not occur with Carnival and Tourism Week, and corresponding to January 1st and 6th, May 1st, June 19th, July 18th, August 25th, November 2nd and December 25th, which will continue watching on the day of the week that may occur, whatever the same.


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