Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Sierra Leone. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|8 Mar||Wed||International Women's Day|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|27 Apr||Thu||Independence Day|
|25 Jun||Sun||Eid al-Fitr|
|26 Jun||Mon||Eid al-Fitr Holiday|
|1 Sep||Fri||Eid al-Adha|
|30 Nov||Thu||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Boxing Day|
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.
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