Republic Day in South Sudan

Republic Day is a holiday that’s observed in South Sudan on December 28th of each year. It’s a holiday that is celebrated in South Sudan but isn’t celebrated as a public holiday. South Sudan, also known as the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked central African country that’s bordered by Ethiopia, Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This holiday falls on the day on which Southern Sudan’s constitution was promulgated in December of 2005. Under the 2011 transitional constitution, this country would become a republic—with executive power vested in the president and vice president.

Facts About South Sudan

Below are some facts about South Sudan that we’ve learned over the course of our research on this holiday. Let’s take a quick look at them before continuing on with this article and we talk about how this holiday is celebrated.

  • In 2016, South Sudan suffered a 309% rate of inflation—one of the highest in the world.
  • South Sudan has a low GDP, despite its oil wealth.
  • Business growth is slow in South Sudan, primarily due to the lack of basic infrastructure.
  • South Sudan has an area of 644,329 square kilometers.
  • This country has a population of approximately 10.9 million people.
  • The capital of this country is Juba.

Observing Republic Day In South Sudan

Although Republic Day isn’t celebrated as an official public holiday—meaning that businesses and government offices remain open—it is celebrated among the general public.

On this day, there are political speeches, festivals, and other activities in South Sudan. The hashtag used to spread the word for this holiday on social media is #RepublicDaySouthSudan.

Where is it celebrated?
South Sudan (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
December 28 Thursday
Next year (2024)
December 28 Saturday
Last year (2022)
December 28 Wednesday