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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Cameroon is located in Central Africa. Cameroon celebrates 10 official public holidays. Public holidays are regulated under the Laws of Cameroon and evaluated by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has the authority to establish new holidays, make specific days a national holiday for special events, and change the dates of some holidays to coincide with a work day instead of the weekend.

The Office of the Prime Minister releases a guideline of all public holidays at the end of each year for the following year. Some holidays will vary on date based on their religion. Many religious holidays coincide with the lunar cycle instead of the calendar.

Section 115 of the Labour Code of Cameroon states that employers must provide employees with a paid day off for nationally recognised holidays if the employee has surpassed their 90-day trial employment period. If the employer requires that people work on those holidays due to the nature of their work, they must provide the employee with either a different paid day off in a 90-day period, or premium pay in addition to their regular pay on the holiday. The choice is that of the employer.

Prior to the Republic becoming an official nation, there were many religious holidays that were nationally recognised. In an effort to make everything fair among the major religions in the country, the government allowed the Catholics, Muslims and Protestants to each choose two days that would be considered a national holiday.

Ethnic, Continent, Linguistic, Religious, and Provincial Holidays

Cameroon has a very diverse culture, with over 1,600 ethnic groups registered as living within its borders. Although English and French are the official languages of the government, there are over 500 dialects that are spoken in this country.

Many of these cultures have very distinct celebrations that are tied to their heritage or the African continent. Many indigenous tribes do not acknowledge any of the official holidays and only have celebrations within their own tribes.

The government of Cameroon acknowledges that these holidays take place, but does not confirm them as national or official holidays. Employers are not required to observe these holidays, offer special pay, or provide days off for any of these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
11 FebSatYouth Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabour Day
20 MaySatNational Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
25 JunSunDjouldé Soumaé / Korité
(End of Ramadan)
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 SepFriDjouldé Laihadji / Tabaski
(Feast of Sacrifice)
25 DecMonChristmas Day