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Public Holidays 2017

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

The State of Eritrea is a country located in East Africa. Eritrea currently celebrates 16 national holidays. Many of the holidays celebrated in Eritrea are based on religious beliefs. However, these events are considered national holidays and everyone is entitled to a paid vacation day.

Public holidays in Eritrea are regulated by the Labour Proclamation of Eritrea No. 118 of 2001. This law establishes the public holidays celebrated within the country, provides the government with the authority to move holidays from a rest day to the following work day, and grants the government authority to create one-time or new national holidays.

Chapter 2, Article 55 of the Labour Proclamation regulates pay for employees on national holidays. Under this law, all employees are entitled to a paid day off for every national holiday. Employees that are required to work on a national holiday because of their position are given a pay rate of two and one half times their regular hourly salary for all hours worked on that date. This premium pay is mandated by law and cannot be changed, even in employment contracts.

Although Eritrea does not support or enforce any specific religion, a large portion of the population is members of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Christian Church. Often referred to as just Orthodox Christians or Coptic Christians, this church uses a calendar system that is different than the Gregorian calendar and their religious holidays occur on different dates than those in other areas of the world. Additionally, some of the holidays that they celebrate on a national level change in date each year because they are based on the lunar cycle.

Some of the public holidays celebrated in Eritrea are based on the Muslim faith. These holidays are calculated each year on the lunar cycle based off of the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia. These holidays change in date each year.

Employers are required to acknowledge all national religious holidays, regardless of the dates they occur each year.

All other national holidays celebrated in Eritrea are based off of the Gregorian calendar.

Cultural, Religious, and Linguistic Holidays

Eritrea has a very diverse pupation with many different cultures and languages spoken throughout the country. Many different religions, including those closely tied to the belief system of the continent are practiced in Eritrea. Each of these cultures, language groups and belief systems have their own special holidays.

The government of Eritrea does not recognize any of these events on a national level. Employers are not required to provide special days off or pay rates for any events not classified as a national holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
19 JanThuTimket / Coptic Epiphany
8 MarWedWomen's Day
1 MayMonMay Day
24 MayWedIndependence Day
20 JunTueMartyrs' Day
1 SepFriRevolution Day