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Business Practices in Ethiopia

Opening hours and bank holidays

General Information
Opening Hours and Days
Government offices work 39 hours in a week. Office hours normally go from 8.30am. to 5.30pm (with a one-hour lunch break) Monday through Thursday, and from 11.30 am to 1.30pm on Fridays.
Most banks are open from 8am. to 4pm., including lunch hours, Monday to Friday. Most banks are also open on Saturday from 8am to noon.
Most shops are open up to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Some shops, particularly supermarkets, are open on Sundays and public holidays.
 
 
 

Public Holidays

2019 Public Holidays
7 Jan Ethiopian Christmas Day
20 Jan Epiphany
2 Mar Adwa Victory Day
26 Apr Ethiopian Good Friday
28 Apr Ethiopian Easter Sunday
1 May International Labor Day
5 May Freedom Day
28 May Derg Downfall Day
5 Jun Eid ul Fitr
12 Aug Eid al-Adha
12 Sep Ethiopian New Year
27 Sep Meskel
10 Nov The Prophet's Birthday
 
Holiday Compensation
All workers have a paid day off on national holidays. Anyone who is required to work on a national holiday is guaranteed to be paid twice the amount paid on regular working days.
 

Periods When Companies Usually Close

According to Lunar calendar Eid al-Adha
 

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