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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Chad is a country located in Central Africa which officially celebrates 11 national holidays. The president of Chad has also been known to declare several one-time non-working holidays each year. In the past, the government of Chad has issued additional holidays for anniversary dates for special events in Chad history.

Although Chad has had the same president since 1990, there is a lot of political strife within the country and there has been several insurrections, coups and civil wars that have taken place since the president has assumed power. Because of this, it is often difficult to access legal documents concerning holidays and other governmental issues.

It is known that all national holidays in Chad are non-working days. However, it is unknown at this time if these days are paid holidays. It is assumed at this time that employees only receive holiday pay if it is part of their individual employment contract.

It is also assumed that holidays that fall on a Sunday are moved to the following Monday for celebration. Again, access to labour and government information is not available at this time. However, the official list of national holidays released by the government each year always shows that a holiday falling on a Sunday is celebrated on the following day.

Some of the holidays that are celebrated in Chad are based on religious beliefs. Some of these holidays are celebrated on special dates based on the lunar cycle. These holidays will change each year for the dates that they are celebrated. Employers must recognise these holidays regardless of the date they appear. Muslim holidays celebrated in Chad that have celebration dates based on the lunar cycle are calculated using the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia.

Religious, Cultural and Linguistic Holidays

Chad is one of the largest countries on the African continent and has a very diverse cultural heritage. There are over 100 languages spoken in the country and there are at least 150 different ethnic groups recorded as calling Chad home. Each of these linguistic groups, cultural groups or tribes may have individual holidays that they celebrate. These holidays are not recognised by the government of Chad as national holidays.

Additionally, many of these cultural groups still practice religious beliefs that are closely associated with the continent of Africa. These religious groups have many different cultural celebrations that take place each year. The government acknowledges that these events take place but does not recognise them as public holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off for any holidays that are not officially recognised by the government of Chad.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunKorité / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonKorité / End of Ramadan Holiday
11 AugFriIndependence Day
12 AugSatIndependence Day Holiday
1 SepFriTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice Holiday
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
28 NovTueRepublic Day
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
1 DecFriFreedom and Democracy Day
2 DecSatFreedom and Democracy Holiday
25 DecMonChristmas Day