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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Algeria. Please scroll down to view.

Algeria is a North African country that currently celebrates nine official public holidays each year. National holidays are regulated under law n63/278 published July 26, 1963. There have been a few updates to this law over the years. This law establishes the nine official holidays that are currently celebrated and authorises the president to enact or detract any holidays at their discretion.

Any changes to the holidays are published in the General Publication. Because a majority of the holidays celebrated in Algeria are based on the Muslim faith, dates will vary each year. Muslim holidays are based on the lunar cycle and will vary by date. The government announces the holidays for the following year at the end of December.

Labour laws in Algeria require that all workers are paid for national holidays and given the day off from work. If the job requires that an employee work on the national holiday, they must be paid overtime for their work instead of straight time or they must be given a different paid day off to make up for the missed holiday.

Several of the holidays in Algeria are celebrated over a two or three day period. The government requires that all businesses acknowledge these holidays and pay their employees according to the law.

It should be noted that weekends are officially Friday and Saturday in Algeria and that Friday is the only guaranteed day of rest. Holidays that fall on a Friday may or may not be moved to a new day for celebration.

Cultural, Regional, and Linguistic Holidays

The native people of Algeria are known as the Berbers and have four holidays that they celebrate each year. These holidays are on specific dates, regardless of what days they fall on in the week. These holidays include:

  • January 12 & 13 – Yennayer (Berber New Year)
  • April 20 – Tafsut Imazighen
  • July 31 – Anebdu n Tbexisisin
  • October 31 – Anebdu n Tyerza

These holidays are official holidays of the Berber people but are not recognised by the Algerian government. Employers are not required to provide days off or extra pay for these holidays.

Additional holidays based on location, linguistics or religion may occur throughout the country. However, Algeria only recognises the public holidays that are stated by the government.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunEid al Fitr / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonEid al Fitr Holiday
5 JulWedIndependence Day
1 SepFriEid al Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatEid al Adha Holiday
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
30 SepSatAshura
1 NovWedRevolution Day
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday