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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a large country located in Southern Africa that currently celebrates 10 national holidays. The Easter holiday is usually a four-day event. Under the laws of Zimbabwe, the president retains the right to declare national holidays, either singular or recurring, at the discretion of the office.

The Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act, Chapter 21 Section 10 of the Laws of Zimbabwe, declare that any day that is declared a National Holiday must be observed with closure of businesses and paid days off for the employees.

The President of Zimbabwe is known to declare special holidays each year, sometimes with little notification. Employers must comply with these declarations once they have been posted in the National Gazette.

Each year the Parliament of Zimbabwe publishes the national holidays for the following year at the end of December.

It should be noted that the government and most businesses throughout the country of Zimbabwe close their business starting on Christmas Day and do not reopen until after the New Year Holiday. This practice is common, but it is not required by law. Paid holidays only include the official dates during this period of time.

The Republic of Zimbabwe has experienced a lot of political turmoil in recent years and the government website is often not updated with current information. At this time, the laws and amendments to these laws are not available online. For current information regarding new holidays or the holidays for the next year, you will need to read the publications of the National Gazette.

Cultural, Religious, Linguistic, and Territorial Holidays

Zimbabwe is home to over 13 million people and has 16 official languages. Because there is such diversity among the population, there are many separate holidays that are celebrated y special groups. People of different religious, linguistic, or cultural backgrounds may celebrate holidays that are not officially recognised by the government of Zimbabwe.

In addition, there are many holidays based on different territories or providences within the country. Many of these celebrations are directly connected to the culture of the continent. The government of Zimbabwe acknowledges that these celebrations occur but do not recognise them as official public holidays.

Employer and business owners are not required to close their company for these events, provide paid days off to their employees or provide special treatment to the employees for these cultural celebrations.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonPublic Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatHoly Saturday
16 AprSunEaster
17 AprMonEaster Monday
18 AprTueIndependence Day
1 MayMonWorkers' Day
25 MayThuAfrica Day
14 AugMonHeroes' Day
15 AugTueDefense Forces Day
22 DecFriNational Unity Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day