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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Sudan is a country located in the northeastern portion of the African continent. Sudan is divided country with the northern portion of the country dedicated to the Muslim religion and the southern portion of the country dedicated to the Coptic or Orthodox Christian religion. Only 3 national holidays in Sudan are based off of national ideals with the remaining dates religious holidays.

Holiday celebrations in Sudan generally span over several days instead of just one date. Many of the holidays will change in date each year because they are based off of the lunar cycle for their celebration dates. The government of Sudan requires that all employers acknowledge these dates regardless of when they occur each year.

Because of the changing dates of many of the holidays, the Sudanese government releases an official listing of national holidays celebration dates at the end of each year. The dates for Muslim holidays are based off of the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia.

Access to government regulations for holidays is very limited for those outside of the government of Sudan. It is believed that national holidays are only guaranteed days off for the public and not paid days off. Different sources state that government employees are paid for these dates, but there is conflicting information.

Holidays are never moved to different dates in Sudan. This is due to the fact that there is conflicting beliefs on when weekends occur. The northern area of Sudan sees Friday as the only day of rest while a portion of the southern part of the country sees Friday and Saturday and the other portion acknowledges Saturday and Sunday as the weekend.

Indigenous Holidays

There is still a portion of the population in Sudan that follows a belief system that is closely associated with the indigenous beliefs of the African continent. These holidays are different than those recognised by the government of Sudan. Employers are not required to provide a day off for these holidays.

It should be noted that there are very strong religious beliefs in Sudan and many of the areas of Sudan will not recognise the national holidays of other religions.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunGlorious Independence Day /
National Day
25 JunSunRamadan Bairam / Eid al-Fitr
(End of Ramadan)
26 JunMonRamadan Bairam Holiday
27 JunTueRamadan Bairam Holiday
28 JunWedRamadan Bairam Holiday
31 AugThuCorban Bairam Holiday
1 SepFriCorban Bairam / Eid al-Adha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
2 SepSatCorban Bairam Holiday
3 SepSunCorban Bairam Holiday
4 SepMonCorban Bairam Holiday
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday