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Cape Verde
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Cabo Verde, more commonly known as Cape Verde, is an archipelago country consisting of 10 volcanic islands located off of the west coast of Africa. Cape Verde currently celebrates 11 national holidays, plus one additional national holiday that is celebrated by tradition and not national law. In addition to these 12 holidays, there are also two national holidays that are only celebrated on a specific island.

National holidays are regulated by government Decree 18/84 issued on the 18th of February 1984. This decree establishes the eleven national holidays celebrated in the country and provides the government with the authority to establish one-time national holidays each year. One-time non-working holidays can be announced by any of the ministry departments of the government, just as long as the information is made in a public decree. The laws of Cape Verde prohibit holidays that occur on a Sunday from being moved to the following workday.

The Labour Code of Cape Verde is very strict about national holiday policies. All employees are to be granted a paid day off on all nationally recognised holidays. If an employee is required to work based on the type of work they perform, they must be compensated at a rate of double their hourly wage. Employment contracts cannot overrule this area of law.

Some of the holidays celebrated in Cape Verde will change in celebration dates each year. These holidays are celebrated based on the lunar cycle. All businesses are required to acknowledge these holidays, regardless of their celebration date.

As a tradition, Ash Wednesday is declared a one-time national holiday each year. In some areas, businesses are only required to provide the morning of Ash Wednesday off each year to allow attendance to church for a blessing. The government has not made Ash Wednesday an official holiday, but it has declared this date as a national holiday every year since this government came into power.

Provincial, Religious, and Cultural Holidays

At this time, the city of Mindelo celebrates Municipal Day on January 22 and the city of Praia celebrates Municipal Day on the 19th of May. These two holidays are treated like national holidays specifically for these cities. Employers must provide a paid day off on these days.

Additional holidays based on island tradition, religious beliefs, location, or culture may be celebrated throughout the islands. However, the government of Cape Verde does not recognise these celebrations as national holidays. Employers are not required to provide a paid day off for any events that are not nationally recognised.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
13 JanFriDemocracy Day
20 JanFriHeroes' Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
1 JunThuYouth Day
5 JulWedIndependence Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day