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Public Holidays 2017

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

Seychelles is an archipelago country consisting of 116 islands off of the East Coast of Africa. Located in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is considered an independent African nation. Seychelles currently observes 13 national holidays. Many of these holidays are based on the Christian faith and are subject to change in date based on the lunar cycles.

The Labor Code of Seychelles as well as the Public Holidays Act, requires that all employees are given the day off for nationally recognised holidays. The Labor Code requires that all employers provide their employees with a day off with pay for nationally recognised holidays. Seychelles Public Holiday Act also requires that any holiday that falls on a Sunday is to be celebrated as a national holiday on the following Monday. Saturdays are considered work days in this country.

The President of Seychelles reserves the right to declare a public holiday at any given time and that holiday can be a one-time or ongoing holiday from the time of the Decree. At this time, the President has only exercised this right during natural disasters. However, national days of celebration are allowed by Decree.

It should be noted that when any of these holidays fall on a Friday, the government will declare the following Saturday an observance day. This allows for a three-day weekend. Employers are required to observe these days as national holidays and provide time off with pay to their employees.

Religious, Indigenous, Island Specific, and Business Holidays

While a majority of the population on the islands practices the Christian faith, there are other religions that are actively practiced. These religions have special events and holidays that are acknowledged by the government, but not viewed as public holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off or special pay rates for these holidays.

In addition, there may be indigenous or island specific holidays that are celebrated. These holidays are recognised by the government for their importance, but are not viewed as national holidays. Employers are not required to pay for these holidays or provide days off.

Professional holidays could occur in Seychelles, but this would be very rare. The government is very pro-active about keeping commerce going and believes that unless it is a national holiday, businesses should be open and functioning.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatEaster Saturday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
15 JunThuCorpus Christi
18 JunSunConstitution Day
19 JunMonConstitution Day Holiday
29 JunThuNational (Independence) Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
8 DecFriFeast of the Immaculate Conception
25 DecMonChristmas Day