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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Togolese Republic, more commonly known as Togo, is a Western African nation that celebrates 12 national holidays each year. National holidays are governed by Article 84, Title 5, of the new 2002 Togolese Constitution and the 2006 Labour Code. These new laws and the new Constitution override any previous laws or amendments to these laws used to determine national holidays.

Employers are required to provide a day off for all national holidays. It is believed that these holidays are paid holidays for all employees. However, some sources state that only government employees receive pay for holidays. Additional sources state that employers determine if holidays are paid for in their individual employment contracts. If an employee is required to work on a paid holiday due to the nature of their job, the law requires that these employees be provided with a day off in lieu of the holiday.

Many of the holidays celebrated in Togo are based on religious beliefs. Some of these holidays will occur on different dates each year because their celebration dates are based on the lunar cycle. Employers are required to acknowledge these dates as national holidays regardless of their official celebration dates each year.

Muslim holidays that are based on the lunar cycle are calculated using the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia. Some holidays may be celebrated on different dates than those in other areas of the world based on when the moon first appears in this area.

Cultural, Linguistic and Religious Holidays

Almost 60 percent of the population of Togo associate themselves with a tribe and with a religion that is indigenous to the continent of Africa. Many of these people have very specific cultural or religious holidays associated with these beliefs. The government of Togo acknowledges these holidays but does not recognise them as national holidays. Employers are not required to provide special days off for these events.

It should be understood that several of these indigenous beliefs are also mixed into the mainstream religions that are observed in Togo. Because of this, there can be conflicts in national holiday celebrations. Indigenous superstitions believe that national holidays that occur on the same day as their religious holidays are bad luck and many people will not recognise the national holiday because of this belief.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
27 AprThuIndependence Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
21 JunWedMartyrs' Day
25 JunSunKorité / End of Ramadan
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 SepFriTabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day