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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a large country located in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia currently celebrates 13 national holidays each year. A majority of the holidays celebrated in Ethiopia are based on religious beliefs. Many of these holidays occur on different dates each year because they are calculated using the lunar cycle of different calendars.

Ethiopia has their own calendar that is very similar to the Umm al-Qura of Saudi Arabia. However, it is very distinct to its own country. Muslim holidays that are based on lunar cycles are calculated from the Umm al-Qura and not the Ethiopian calendar. The Christian holidays appear to be based off of the Easter Orthodox calendar and not the Ethiopian calendar. Other dates such as New Year’s Day are based off of the Ethiopian standard calendar.

All national holidays are regulated under Proclamation 29 issue in 1996. This proclamation eliminates all previous proclamations made under the various governments that have ruled Ethiopia in recent history. This proclamation established the current 13 holidays and eliminated one that was celebrated under the prior regime.

The Labour Laws of Ethiopia guarantee that all workers have a paid day off on national holidays. This applies to all payment schemes, including those who are paid on a monthly basis. Section 4, Chapter 3 of the Labour Laws of Ethiopia guarantee that anyone who is required to work on a national holiday due to the type of work they perform are guaranteed to receive payment at twice their actual rate for all hours worked.

The Labour Laws prohibit any employer from creating an employment contract that does not provide a paid day off for the holiday or double wages for work performed on national holidays.

Cultural, Religious and Provincial Holidays

Ethiopia is one of the largest countries on the African continent and has one of the largest populations of people. Many of the people that live outside of the urban areas still live within triable settings and practice religious beliefs that are associated with the continent. The government of Ethiopia acknowledges these holidays and celebrations but does not recognise them on a national level. Employers are not required to provide days off or special pay rates for holidays not recognised by the government.

Public Holidays 2017

7 JanSatGenna / Ethiopian Christmas
19 JanThuTimket / Epiphany
2 MarThuAdwa Victory Day
14 AprFriSiklet /Ethiopian Good Friday
16 AprSunFasika / Ethiopian Easter
1 MayMonLabour Day
5 MayFriArbegnoch Qen / Patriots' Victory Day
28 MaySunDergue Downfall Day / National Day
26 JunMonId Al-Fetir / End of Ramadan
2 SepSatId Al-Adaha / Feast of Sacrifice
11 SepMonEnkutatash / Ethiopian New Year
27 SepWedMeskel / Discovery of the True Cross
1 DecFriMawlid / The Prophet's Birthday