Both Christian and Muslim holidays are celebrated in Chad, in addition to some national holidays. Chadian Independence Day is celebrated on August 11 with speeches, military parades and flag-raising ceremonies. Most shops, businesses and offices are closed for the day. Another important national holiday commemorates the proclamation of Chad as a republic on November 28, 1958. Every year, the country also marks the day that the present government ascended to power; however, the date of this holiday changes with each change of government. International Women's Day is celebrated with parades and special events.

Christmas, New Year's Day, All Saints' Day and Easter Monday are the main Christian holidays. The date of Muslim holidays is not fixed and changes each year. One of the holiest Muslim celebrations takes place at the end of the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours. When Ramadan ends, Muslims celebrate with feasting during Eid al-Fitr. Another important Muslim holiday is Eid al-Adha, sometimes known in Chad as Tabaski. It commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son to God. Eid al-Maulud celebrates the birth of the prophet Mohammed.

Local festivities vary depending on the region and culture. In the south, during the months of October and November, people celebrate after the harvest is taken in and the rainy season comes to an end. Many tribes mark the end of the period of Yondo or other initiation rites by singing, dancing and drinking millet beer.

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May 25 is African Liberation Day, which commemorates the founding in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is a national holiday in Chad and in many other African nations, and is often celebrated with sports contests and dances.
January 1 New Year's Day
April 13 National Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 Africa (Freedom) Day
August 11 Independence Day
November 1 All Saints Day
November 28 Republic Day
December 25 Christmas Day