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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Mali is a Western African nation that has an extensive portion of the country in the Sahara Dessert. A majority of the population of Mali lives in the southern portion of the country. At this time, Mali celebrates 12 public holidays.

Public holidays in Mali are regulated under Labor Law 05-040 formalised on the 22 of July 2005. This law combines all other laws under the labour code and establishes these 12 formal public holidays. This law also provides the government with the authority to establish one-time national holidays throughout the year if the occasion arises.

Public holidays in Mali are considered non-working days. Because of the turmoil that has ravaged the Malian government for the last several years, many new documents concerning whether these holidays are required to be paid for by employers are not accessible. It is believed that employers ae only required to provide a day off for national holidays. Some sources show that government employees receive pay for these dates, but these sources are older than the current government and may no longer be in effect.

Holidays that occur on a Sunday are moved to the next Monday for observance. Holidays that fall on a Saturday remain on that date. Each year the government publishes a list of the official holidays for the following year. Some of the holidays that are celebrated in Mali occur on different dates each year because their observance dates are determined by the lunar cycle. Muslim holidays that use the lunar cycle to determine celebration dates use the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia to follow the lunar cycle.

Provincial, Linguistic, and Cultural Holidays

There are over 16 languages that are spoken in Mali and over 30 ethnic groups that call this country home. Each of these groups have their own special holidays and celebrations that occur throughout the year. The government of Mali does not recognise these events as national holidays.

In the northern regions of the country, many people still adhere to religious and cultural beliefs that are closely associated with the continent of Africa. These beliefs have many special celebrations. The government of Mali recognises that these holidays occur each year, but does not officially recognise them. Employers are not required to provide days off from work for observance of these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
20 JanFriArmed Forces Day
26 MarSunMartyrs' Day / Democracy Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 MayThuAfrica Day
26 JunMonKorité / End of Ramadan
1 SepFriTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
22 SepFriIndependence Day
1 DecFriThe Prophet's Birthday
8 DecFriBaptism of the Prophet
25 DecMonChristmas Day