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Public Holidays 2017

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

Réunion is an island located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar and is officially an insular region of France. Réunion celebrates 12 national holidays throughout the year. A majority of these holidays are based on the Christian faith. Some of the holidays will vary on when they occur because the actual dates are based on the lunar cycle.

Under Article L222-1, the employees of Réunion are entitled to receive a paid non-working holiday for all of the same holidays celebrated in France with the additional holiday of Abolition Day which is only celebrated in Réunion. The French Constitution grants the French government the right to move holiday celebrations that occur on a Sunday to the following Monday for observance.

French labour laws require that employees be granted a paid day off for all national holidays. If it is necessary for the employee to go to work that day due to the nature of their employment, the employer is required to pay a premium wage for work performed that day or provide a different paid day off in lieu of the holiday.

Regional, Dialect, Religious and Professional Holidays

Réunion has a very diverse culture. Inhabitants of the country are from all over the world and practice many religions. At this time, there are bills presented before the French Congress to eliminate three of the Christian holidays from the Réunion list and exchange them for Muslim and Hindu holidays. However, it is unknown when the French government will address these issues.

At this time, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist religious holidays are celebrated within their communities but not acknowledged as public holidays by the French government. Employers are not required to provide paid days off for these celebrations.

Although Réunion does not have an indigenous population, there are several traditional holidays and celebrations that have develop over the years as people from different cultures moved to Réunion. Many of these celebrations are localised or within certain ethnic groups. The government acknowledges these celebrations but does not recognise them on a national level.

Some professions may call for certain holidays throughout the year. These holidays are at the discretion of the business owner and are not recognised as public holidays. Employers are allowed, however, to give paid days off for these holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
8 MayMonVictory Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
14 JulFriNational Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
11 NovSatArmistice Day
20 DecWedAbolition Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day