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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Djibouti is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Djibouti currently celebrates 10 national holidays. Many of the holidays in Djibouti are multi-day celebrations. A majority of the holidays celebrated are based on the Muslim faith. Some of these holidays will change in date each year because their official date is determined by the lunar cycle.

National holidays in Djibouti are regulated by articles 77 -609 published on December 17, 1977. All national decrees are published by the government. At this time, official documents are not accessible on the Internet.

The Republic of Djibouti requires that all employers provide employees with a paid day off for national holidays. For employees that are required to work on a holiday because of the type of job they perform, employees must either be given premium pay for their work at the ate of time and one half per hour, or given a different day off with pay n lieu of the missed holiday. The government also requires that employers acknowledge and pay for multi-day celebrations.

Friday is considered the only weekend day in Djibouti. While there are no official publications stating that holidays that occur on this day can be moved to the next work day, the government often moves holiday celebrations to the next following work day. This is not guaranteed and does not occur for every type of holiday.

Djibouti observes two calendars in their country, the Gregorian and the Umm al-Qura. The Umm al-Qura is the Muslim calendar used in Saudi Arabia and is used for all Muslim holidays that are based off of the lunar cycle. The government of Djibouti requires all businesses to acknowledge these holidays each year, regardless of when they officially occur.

It should also be noted that it is not unusual for the government of Djibouti to declare a national non-working paid holiday for special events within the government, such as Inauguration Day or Voting days. These holidays are announced by government decree a few weeks before the event.

Cultural, Religious, and Continental Holidays

Over 98 percent of the people of Djibouti practice the Muslim faith. However, there are still some people that practice continent based religious beliefs or other major religions. The government of Djibouti acknowledges that these celebrations exist, but does not view them as national holidays. Employers are not required to provide pay or days off to any employees partaking in any of these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
24 AprMonThe Prophet's Ascension
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunAid el-Fitre / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonAid el-Fitre / End of Ramadan
27 JunTueNational Day
28 JunWedNational Day Holiday
31 AugThuYoum Arafat
1 SepFriAid el-Addha / Feast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatAid el-Addha / Feast of Sacrifice
21 SepThuAwal Mouharram / Islamic New Year
30 NovThuMouloud / The Prophet's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day