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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Tunisia is the northernmost country located on the continent of Africa. This nation currently celebrates 12 national holidays per year. Of these holidays, 9 are paid non-working holidays and 3 are considered non-working days only. Two of the holiday celebrations in Tunisia often take place over several days.

All official public holidays are regulated under the Tunisia Labor Code and any subsequent official pubic decrees issued by the government. The use of official decree is specifically stated in the Labor Code.

Under the guidelines of the Labor Code, all employers must provide a day off from work for national holidays. Only 9 of the official holidays are considered non-working paid holidays. Of these holidays, two are multiday celebrations. Employers are only required to pay employees for the first day of the celebration unless their work contracts state terms that allow for pay for each day of the celebration.

If any of the public holidays fall on a day of rest, the government has been given the right to move its celebration to the next working day. Tunisia has deemed Saturday and Sunday as days of rest.

Many of the holidays celebrated in Tunisia are based on the lunar cycle. These holidays will all on different dates each year based on these cycles. Because of this, the government will issue a list of official public holidays at the end of each year for the following year. Businesses are obligated to acknowledge these dates each year accordingly.

Religious, Cultural, and Continent Based Holidays

Although the population of Tunisia generally follows the Muslim faith, there are small pockets of Christians, Jews and Buddhists that live within the country. Each of these religions have their own special holidays that they celebrate. The government of Tunisia acknowledges that these holidays take place, but does not recognise them as national events. Employers are not required to provide time off from work for the celebration of these holidays.

There are also several groups of people who live in Tunisia that live within a tribal setting. Many of these people still practice religions based on the faith of the continent. These cultural and religious beliefs have many special celebrations. The government of Tunisia does not recognise any of these events on a national level. Employers are not required to accommodate employees so that they may celebrate these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
14 JanSatRevolution and Youth Day
20 MarMonIndependence Day
9 AprSunMartyrs' Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunAid El-Fitr / End of Ramadan
26 JunMonAid El-Fitr Holiday
27 JunTueAid El-Fitr Holiday
25 JulTueRepublic Day
13 AugSunWomen's Day
1 SepFriAid El-Kabir / Feast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatAid El-Kabir Holiday
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
15 OctSunEvacuation Day
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday