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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Guinea, formerly known as French Guinea, and commonly known as Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from countries with similar names in the area, is a small country in Western Africa that celebrates 13 national holidays each year.

Public holidays in Guinea are regulated by National Decree 495 issued October 27, 1969, shortly after the country gained its independence. This Decree establishes the official holidays that are recognised each year and requires that employers provide their employees with a paid day off for the national holiday.

In conjunction with this Decree, the Labour Code of Guinea states that all employers must provide their employees with a paid day off for national holidays and if the employee is required to work based on their employment position, they must be given a paid day off in lieu of the holiday. Employment contracts may allow for additional pay instead of a different day off for holidays.

Many of the holidays in Guinea are based off of religious beliefs. Some of the dates for these holidays will change each year because their celebration times are determined on the lunar cycle. The government of Guinea requires that all employers adhere to the official list of national holidays each year, regardless of the dates that these holidays occur. Muslim holidays that are based on the lunar cycle are calculated using the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia.

The government of Guinea reserves the right to declare one-time national paid holidays at any time in a year based on events occurring in the country. It is not unusual for the government to provide short notice to employers for these events. However, employers are still required to comply. One-time national holidays are made by national announcement or publication by various departments of the government.

Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Holidays

Guinea has a very diverse population. Although French is the official language, it is estimated that nearly 100 different languages are spoken throughout the country. Many of these languages are tribal or culturally based.

Many of these languages, tribal or cultural groups have holidays that they celebrate. The government acknowledges that these holidays take place, but does not recognise them as national holidays. Employers are not required to provide paid days off for these events.

There are many people that practice religions that are specific to the African continent throughout Guinea. These religious beliefs have many celebrations that they celebrate throughout the year. The government does not require employers to acknowledge these holidays or provide special days off.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
3 AprMonSecond Republic Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 MayThuAfrica Day
22 JunThuLialat-ul-Qadar
26 JunMonKorité / End of Ramadan
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 SepFriTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
2 OctMonIndependence Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day