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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Niger is a large country located in Western Africa and currently celebrates 12 national holidays. The current government in Niger was formed in 2010. However, the laws concerning public holidays are from 1997. Although these laws are from a government that has been replaced twice since this national decree was issued, the current government honours this public holiday law with one exception.

National holidays are governed under Law 98-05 published 29 April 1998 and officially enacted on July 1 of that same year. The only exception to this law is that government employees are no longer granted a second paid day off for every national holiday. Everyone now only receives one paid day off for a national holiday, unless the holiday is a 2-day celebration.

The current government also has the authority to create one-time paid non-working holidays throughout the year if there is a special reason. In the past, these holidays have been used for inauguration days, voting days, and to bridge holidays that are celebrated a day apart.

The Labour Laws of Niger provide that all employees are entitled to receive a paid, non-working day for all national holidays. The Labour Laws also provide that if a person is required to work on a national holiday due to their position, the employer must provide them with a paid day off in lieu of the holiday. In most cases, the workers employment contract will guarantee that this day in lieu is given within 30 days of the holiday.

Holidays that occur on Sunday are often celebrated on the following Monday. However, due to the newness of the government of Niger, there are not any official laws concerning this type of change in national holidays.

Many of the holidays that are celebrated in Niger are based on religious beliefs. Some of these holidays occur on different dates each year because they are celebrated according to the lunar cycle. Businesses are required to acknowledge these date changes each year and comply with national holiday laws.

Muslim holidays that are based off of the lunar cycle are calculated using the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia. Some dates may be celebrated on a different day than those in Saudi Arabia based on the sighting of the moon compared to when it is sighted in Mecca.

Cultural and Provincial Holidays

Niger retains a diverse culture and many people in specific areas or who are from a specific culture will celebrate holidays specific to that area or culture. The government of Niger recognises that these events occur, but does not acknowledge these celebrations as national holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
24 AprMonConcord Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
23 JunFriQuran Revelation
25 JunSunKorité / End of Ramadan
3 AugThuIndependence Day
1 SepFriTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
21 SepThuIslamic New Year / Muharram
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
18 DecMonRepublic Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day