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Sierra Leone
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Sierra Leone is a country located in Western Africa on the Atlantic Coast. Sierra Leone celebrates 10 national holidays each year, most of which are religious based celebrations. Many of the holiday celebrations in Sierra Leon occur on different dates each year due to the way their celebration dates are calculated.

National holidays in Sierra Leone are non-working days only. National laws do not require that employers provide any type of payment to their employees for these dates. Companies reserve the right to offer paid national holidays as part of their benefits package. In many cases, paid holidays are only enjoyed by people who work directly for the government or for an international employer.

Employers are required to provide the day off for employees, and if the employee is required to work due to the nature of their job, they are given a day off in lieu of the holiday. There is no documentation stating whether businesses are required to close on the national holidays.

The government reserves the right to establish one-time national holidays. This has been used in the past for election days and to help combat outbreaks of disease. In 2014, Sierra Leone established a 3 day mandatory national holiday to quarantine the country during the Ebola outbreak.

The government of Sierra Leone has recently been re-established after a very long civil war. Many of the laws and regulations are currently changing or are unable to be accessed at this time by people outside of the government. National holidays are subject to change in the future.

Because a majority of the holidays celebrated in Sierra Leone are based on the religious calendar cycles, a list of holidays and their celebration dates are officially published by the Office of the President at the end of each year for the following year. Holidays which occur on a Sunday are moved to the following Monday for recognition.

Cultural, Linguistic and Provincial Territories

A majority of the population in Sierra Leone relate to the Muslim faith. However, there is a large portion of the population that still celebrates cultural beliefs that are associated with the continent of Africa. Many of these beliefs are religious, linguistic or territorially based. The government of Sierra Leone recognises these holidays but does not acknowledge them as public holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
27 AprThuIndependence Day
25 JunSunEid-ul-Fitr / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonEid-ul-Fitr / End of Ramadan Holiday
1 SepFriEid-ul-Adah / Feast of Sacrifice
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day