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Public Holidays 2017

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

Mozambique is a very diverse country with a long and interesting history. In the last 40 years, Mozambique has emerged from being a colony to an individual republic. Since its inception as the Republic of Mozambique, several public holidays have been established. The government of Mozambique does not officially recognise any religious holidays due to the diverse cultures of the people of the country. However, December 25th is a national holiday and is called Family Day instead of Christmas.

The Labor Minister of Mozambique has declared in Section 10, Article 95 of the Labour Code, that all workers are entitled to receive a day off for a national holiday. The Labour Code does not specify if the employees are to be paid for the missed day of work. However, the law clearly states that any holiday which falls on a Sunday, the official day of rest, must be acknowledges the following day as a day off from work.

The Labor Code, in Article 98, also states that any holiday that occurs during a time period that the employee is on vacation cannot be counted against the employee as a day of their vacation. This ensures that the employees are not punished with loss of a holiday during their vacations.

Tolerancia de Ponto

While there are not any official laws on a national or local level, the government has reserved the right to call a national or regional holiday at “moment’s notice” for special occasions. Known as “ad-hoc” public holidays, employers must recognise these holidays, even if there is short notice. An example would be when a national political figure arrives in a district or some similar event occurs.

Cultural, Linguistic, and Religious Holidays

Mozambique is predominantly Christian, but there are many people who still adhere to the tribal African faiths in this area, and a small Muslim presence in the northern area of the country. Holidays celebrated by these religious groups are not officially acknowledged with a public holiday by any national or local government.

In addition to these holidays, there are also many cultural and linguistic holidays celebrated by the people of Mozambique. These celebrations may have to do with their tribes, their history, or even their language. Again, these are local and regional celebrations that are not acknowledged by the government and are not protected by the laws of the Labour Code.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 FebFriMozambique's Heroes' Day
7 AprFriMozambique's Women's Day
1 MayMonWorkers' Day
25 JunSunIndependence Day
26 JunMonIndependence Day Holiday
7 SepThuLusaka Peace Agreement Day
25 SepMonArmed Forces Day
4 OctWedPeace and National Reconciliation Day
25 DecMonFamily Day / Christmas Day