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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Angola is an African country located in the southwestern portion of the continent. Angola currently celebrates 12 national holidays each year. National holidays are regulated under the Law 1/01 March 23, 2001 as published in the National Register. This law overwrites all former laws concerning public holidays in Angola.

In the new Constitution of Angola that went into effect in 2010, the office of the president is given all authority concerning national holidays. This office, generally speaking through the Ministry of Public Service, announces the national holiday dates each year through formal publication. Some of the holidays celebrated in Angola are based on the lunar cycle and will change dates each year.

It is not uncommon for additional holidays to be declared throughout the year. These one-time holidays may be to bridge a holiday celebration so that it extends to the weekend, or may be for governmental purposes. The Ministry of Public Service will make the announcement for these holidays and all employers are obligated to comply.

Under the Labour laws of Angola, employers must provide employees with a day off for all national holidays. It is also common practice that employees are not required to work after 12:00pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. However, this is not written into law. If employees are paid for their holiday day off is determined by the individual labour contracts that the employees have entered into with their employer.

It should be noted that the Court system in Angola goes on holiday from December 23 to March 1 each year. This is in addition to all other national holidays. It is believed that the Ministry of Public Service also observes the same holidays as the court system, but this is not verified.

All holidays that occur on a Sunday will be move to the following Monday for observance.

Religious, Cultural, and Provincial Holidays

Over 80 percent of the population of Angola lives outside of the metropolitan areas. Much of this population still lives within tribal settings or adhere to cultural belief systems that are associated with the African continent. The government of Angola acknowledges that these cultural belief systems have many special holidays that are celebrated within these communities. However, the government of Angola does not view these celebrations as national events and employers are not required to provide a day off for any of these celebrations.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
4 FebSatLiberation Day
28 FebTueCarnival
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
4 AprTueAngolan Peace Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabour Day
17 SepSunNational Heroes' Day
18 SepMonNational Heroes' Day Holiday
2 NovThuAll Souls' Day
11 NovSatIndependence Day
25 DecMonChristmas and Family Day