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São Tomé and Príncipe
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for São Tomé and Príncipe. Please scroll down to view.

The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is an archipelago country consisting of two main islands, São Tomé and Príncipe, and several small volcanic islands. São Tomé and Príncipe is an Equatorial island nation located off of the coast of Africa. It is the second smallest country in Africa and has the smallest population.

São Tomé and Príncipe celebrate eight national holidays each year. These holidays are regulated by the Constitution of São Tomé and Príncipe under law 7/90 that was ratified on September 10, 1990 and officially published on the 20th day of the same month. Under these laws, all workers are entitled to paid days off for public holidays.

Employees that are required to work on a public holiday may have a choice of a paid day off in lieu of the holiday or work at a premium pay on that day. These choices are left to the work contract between the employee and their employer.

Holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date. The government of São Tomé and Príncipe reserves the right to declare one-time non-working paid holidays if the occasion occurs. These holidays will be announced by official publication.

Only one holiday celebrated in São Tomé and Príncipe is a religious based holiday. Some sources state that Good Friday and All Saint’s Day are national holidays, but these dates are not documented in the official public holiday list. However, businesses reserve the right to close on these, or any other days, if they so desire.

Cultural and Indigenous Holidays

Although the population of São Tomé and Príncipe is very small in comparison to other African nations, the culture is very diverse. There are at least five different ethnic groups that call these islands home, each with their own cultural celebrations. Many of these celebrations are based on culture, linguistics or religious beliefs.

There are several groups of people within the islands that also associate themselves with religious celebrations that are closely tied to the African continent. These religious practices have many holidays and celebrations that the government of São Tomé and Príncipe do not officially recognise.

The government encourages the celebrations of each individual culture that resides on the islands, it also only recognises the public holidays listed above as official dates. Employers are not required to acknowledge any other celebration or provide paid time off for those holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
3 FebFriMartyrs' Day / Heroes' Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
12 JulWedIndependence Day
6 SepWedArmed Forces Day
30 SepSatAgricultural Reform Day
21 DecThuSão Tomé Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day