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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Tanzania. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
12 JanThuZanzibar Revolutionary Day
7 AprFriKarume Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
26 AprWedUnion Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunEid al-Fitr
26 JunMonEid al-Fitr Holiday
7 JulFriSaba Saba
8 AugTueNane Nane
1 SepFriEid al-Hajj
14 OctSatNyerere Day
30 NovThuProphet Muhammad's Birthday
9 DecSatRepublic Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

All holidays are governed under the Public Holidays Act – Laws of Tanzania, Section 2 Chapter 35, of 1966. All nationally recognised holidays are listed in this Act. However, Parliament does reserve the right to declare a national holiday Ad Hoc, if it sees fit. If Parliament calls for a national holiday, this holiday is celebrated only once that year. Employers are required to comply with their request.

Under the Labor Code of Tanzania, employers are required to give a paid day off to employees on a nationally recognised holiday. If for safety reasons a business must be manned at all times, the employee must receive a different paid day off in lieu of the holiday. Under new laws issued in 1994, employers are no longer required to give holiday pay for holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday.