Ecuador decrees five-day New Year’s holiday but there’s a catch
The last holiday of 2019 will be the longest of the year, the government decreed on Friday. To boost tourism and post-Christmas commercial activity, the Ministry of Tourism announced that Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, December 31 will be added to the official January 1 New Year’s Day holiday.
“Including the prior weekend, this extension means a five-day holiday in which families can travel and participate in various festivities around the country,” the ministry said. “The president has given his blessing to the plan with Executive Decree 858, understanding the country’s need to recover from the October strike.”
The two extra days off come with a catch, however. Government employees will have to make up the days by working the following two Saturdays.
The extra holidays are optional for businesses but the ministry urged business owners to allow employees to participate in the long weekend.
Official Ecuador Holidays for 2020
New Year’s Day
Wednesday, January 1
Monday 24 and Tuesday February 24 and 25
Friday, April 10
Friday, May 1, 2020
Battle of Pichincha
Sunday, May 24
Saturday, July 25
First Cry of Independence
Monday, August 10
Friday, October 9
Day of the Dead
Saturday, November 2
Tuesday, November 3
Friday, December 25, 2020