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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Malawi is a country located in southeastern Africa. Malawi currently celebrates 14 national holidays. Some sources only list 13 national holidays, but Boxing Day has not officially been removed from the list of national holidays at this time although legislation has been submitted to remove this date.

Some of the religious holidays celebrated in Malawi have their dates calculated by the lunar cycle. These dates will change each year. Christian holiday dates are based off of the lunar calendar as issued by Rome. Muslim holidays are based off of the lunar cycle according to the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia. The government of Malawi requires all employers to acknowledge these national holidays regardless of the dates they occur.

National holidays in Malawi are regulated by the Employment Act of 1999 and the Public Holidays Order of 1986. Under these laws, all employees are entitled to a paid day off for all national holidays. Employees who must work on a public holiday based on the type of job they perform are entitled to receive a different paid day off in lieu of the holiday under these laws.

The national holiday laws provide the government of Malawi with the ability to establish additional one-time holidays based on current events during the year. It is not uncommon for the government to declare a national holiday for such events as national elections. The government has also been given the authority to “bridge” holidays to the following Monday if the holiday occurs on a Sunday.

Cultural and Religious Holidays

Some areas of Malawi, especially the northern region and near Lake Malawi have a very heavy Muslim population. In these areas, many Muslim based holidays are celebrated throughout the year. The government of Malawi acknowledges these celebrations, but does not recognise them as national holidays. Visitors to these areas may find businesses closed due to these holidays, even though they are not observed on a national level.

In addition, there are still many people within the country of Malawi that identify with cultural beliefs associated with the continent of Africa. Many of these beliefs have special holidays and celebrations. The government does not require employers to acknowledge or provide pad days off for these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Day Holiday
15 JanSunJohn Chilembwe Day
16 JanMonJohn Chilembwe Day Holiday
3 MarFriMartyrs' Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatEaster Saturday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
14 MaySunPresident Kamuzu Banda's Birthday
15 MayMonPresident Kamuzu Banda's Birthday Holiday
25 JunSunEid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonEid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
6 JulThuIndependence Day
15 OctSunMother's Day
16 OctMonMother's Day Holiday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day