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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Ghana is a country located in Western Africa. Ghana currently has 13 national holidays that are recognised and celebrated each year. Some of the holidays that are celebrated in Ghana are based on religious beliefs. These holidays often change in date each year because their celebrations are based on the lunar cycle. Because of this, the government of Ghana announces exact dates for the national holidays at the end of the year for the following year.

National holidays are regulated by the Holiday Act of 2001. Under this law, national holidays are classified as paid, non-working days throughout the country. Under the Labor Act of 2003, employers who require people to remain at work on a paid holiday must provide that employee with a substitute paid day off to replace the time missed for the actual holiday.

The Holiday Act of 2001 also provides the president of Ghana with the rights to change the actual celebration day of a holiday if the holiday falls on a day of rest. Ghana acknowledges Saturdays and Sundays as days of rest. If a holiday falls on one of these days, the celebration is often moved to the following Monday.

Regional, Cultural, Religious, and Professional Holidays

Ghana has a very large and diverse culture. Ghana has over 25 million people and 12 official languages. Throughout the country there are many cultural centres for the many ethnic groups that call Ghana home. Many of these cultures have their own unique holidays that they celebrate as a cultural or regional celebration. The government of Ghana acknowledges these events but does not recognise them as national holidays.

There are also several different religious groups within the country. At least 10 percent of the population still practices native religions from the African continent. Each of these religions have their own special holidays and celebrations. The government only recognises the four religious holidays in the list above. All other holidays are non-national events.

Employers are not required to provide special days off, pay, or other accommodations for non-national holidays in Ghana.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
6 MarMonIndependence Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonMay Day
25 MayThuAfrica Unity Day
25 JunSunEid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
1 JulSatRepublic Day
3 JulMonRepublic Day Holiday
1 SepFriEid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
21 SepThuFounders' Day
1 DecFriFarmers' Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day