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Senegal
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Senegal is a western African nation that has 15 official national holidays. All holidays are regulated by the Government of Senegal and are subject to change with a vote from Parliament. The president of Senegal has the right to declare special national holidays each year that would only be observed on that specific year.

The national holiday list is published in the National Register at the end of each year. There are several holidays celebrated in Senegal that are based on the lunar cycle and the dates of these holidays will change each year. Senegal has a Moon Sighting ministry that correlates that lunar cycle for these religious holidays for both the Muslim and Christian faiths. Lunar calendars of each of these religions are used to determine accurate dates.

The national Labour Code only mandates employers to pay for 10 national holidays each year. Of these 10, Independence Day and Labour Day are required paid holidays. The employers can choose the other paid holidays based on the religious preferences of the employer or employees. However, all national holidays must be observed, with or without pay.

At this time, the Labour Code requires that employees that are required to work on a paid holiday should receive premium pay for that holiday at time plus one half, or should be compensated with a different paid day off instead of the holiday.

Cultural, Religious, and Provincial Holidays

The Republic of Senegal has a very diverse population that derives from many backgrounds. There are also many indigenous people living throughout the country that still practice continent based religions and celebrate cultural holidays not acknowledged by the government.

The government of Senegal accepts that these holidays take place throughout the country, but do not recognise them on a national level. The government also does not require employers to provide paid days off for these events.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
4 AprTueIndependence Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
25 JunSunKorité / End of Ramadan
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 SepFriTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
30 SepSatTamkharit / Ashura
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
7 NovTueMagal de Touba
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day