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Public Holidays 2017

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

Namibia is a South Eastern African country that has established 12 national holidays under the Holiday Act of 1990. This law replaces the previous Holiday Act of 1987 and has not had any additional changes or amendments made to the Act since its inception. However, different special holidays that are one-time events have taken place on different years.

Under this law, any holiday that falls on a Sunday is automatically moved to the following Monday. The laws of Namibia also allow the President to declare up to two additional holidays each year at the discretion of the President. If any holidays are declared using this law, they are published in the National Gazette and are only observed for that specific year. Employers are required to acknowledge these holidays.

Chapter 3, Part C Section 21 of the Namibia Labour Code states that all employees are required to receive a paid day off for a nationally recognised holiday if they come to work the day before and the day after the holiday. If either of these days is missed by the fault of the employee, they do not receive holiday pay.

Any employee that works on a holiday because of the nature of their position are required to receive time and one half as a rate of pay per hour for every hour worked that day or, if the employee agrees, a different paid day off to replace the missed holiday.

Although Namibia has a small populations, there is still great diversity. There are many cultures that are tied directly to the African continent as well as many Europeans and Chinese nationals that now call this country home.

Many indigenous celebrations are still performed in Namibia and many continent based religions are still practiced. The government of Namibia acknowledges these holidays and celebrations, but does not recognise them as public days of celebration. Employers are not required to provide any special days off or pay rates for any of these celebrations.

Additional celebration based on heritage, national origin, religious beliefs, or location in the country may occur. The government encourages people to celebrate their culture, but does not recognise any of these events as public holidays, nor requires employers to provide any benefits for these dates.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
21 MarTueIndependence Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonWorkers' Day
4 MayThuCassinga Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
25 MayThuAfrica Day
26 AugSatHeroes' Day
10 DecSunHuman Rights Day /
Namibian Women's Day
11 DecMonHuman Rights Day /
Namibian Women's Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueFamily Day