Below you will find a list of all official, public and national holidays for Ecuador.
New Year’s Day (Día de Año Nuevo)
Ecuadorians usher in the New Year by making dummies out of paper, wood and firecrackers, said to represent the old year, and setting them alight at midnight. Children roam about the streets asking for sweets and money. Along with local traditions, there are parties at nightclubs and other functions to welcome the New Year.
Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo)
Also referred to as Holy Thursday, Maudy Thursday memorializes Jesus Christ’s last supper with his apostles. It is held on the Thursday before Easter, forming the fifth day of Holy Week.
Good Friday (Viernes Santo)
This Christian event commemorates the death of Jesus Christ. Religious services are held on the day and some consider it a day of fasting.
International Worker’s Day (Día del Trabajo)
Also known as May Day, this is a celebration of the labor movement. It also marks the start of spring. On this day labor unions and workers may gather for celebrations and demonstrations
The Battle of Pichincha (Batalla del Pichincha)
This day commemorates the historic battle that took place on the slopes of Ecuador’s Pichincha Volcano in 1822. On this day the Royalist army was defeated by the Patriot army and Quito was liberated, bringing independence to the Presidencia de Quito region, from which the Republic of Ecuador was eventually formed.</ p>
The Birthday of Simón Bolívar (El Natalicio de Simón Bolivar)
This day is a reminder of the role Simón Bolívar played in bringing about the independence of Ecuador. Simón Bolívar was born in Venezuela in 1783 and became a renowned liberator in Latin America.
Declaration of Independence of Quito (Día del Primer Grito de Independencia de Quito )
On this day in 1809, Juan Pío Montúfar was made president in a plan to establish a government and gain independence from Spain.
Independence of Guayaquil (Independencia de Guayaquil)
Back in 1820 a group of civilians and “Granaderos de Reserva” soldiers overwhelmed the Royalists and also arrested the Spanish authorities. The city declared independence, a major step in the Ecuadorian War for Independence
All Souls’ Day (Día de Muertos)
This day commemorates those who have died. Also known as Feast of All Souls, prayers for the departed are offered and mass is held.
Independence of Cuenca (Independencia de Cuenca)
Cuenca gained its independence on this day in 1820. This day is celebrated by those living in Cuenca as it forms a vital part of Ecuador’s War for Independence.
Foundation of Quito (Día de Quito)
Quito was founded on this day in 1534 by a group of settlers who were led by Sebastián de Benalcázar, who was responsible for the capture of Rumiñahui.
Christmas Day (Día de Navidad)
Christmas Day is a Christian event that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. As with Christmas around the world, common customs include gift-giving, church services, and Christmas decorations.
New Year’s Eve (Día de Año Viejo)
This festive occasion is marked with music, dancing, feasting and fireworks.
Last updated: January 11, 2020