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French Polynesia
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

French Polynesia is a South Pacific territory of France. Often referred to as an overseas country or overseas collectivity, French Polynesia is governed under the laws of France even though it has an established government on the islands. French Polynesia consists of 118 separate islands that are spread out over 1,200 miles in the South Pacific and is divided into five sub categories of groups of islands based on their locations.

French Polynesia celebrates 14 public holidays each year. These holidays include the 11 celebrated in France and 4 that are specific to the island groups. All public holidays are governed under the Labor Laws of France and the French government.

Some of the holidays celebrated in French Polynesia will change in date each year. These are religious based celebrations and their actual dates are determined by the lunar calendar. The Council of Ministers of French Polynesia will make an official announcement at the end of each year for the dates of the holidays in the following year. All businesses are required to acknowledge thee dates.

Employees are entitled to a day off from work on all public holidays. Under French law, those who must work on the holiday are entitled to receive premium pay for their services. However, French labor laws do not require employers to pay employees for public holidays. Employers have the option to offer this benefit as part of the work contract.

Any holidays that occur on the weekend are recognised on those days. If a holiday occurs on a Tuesday or Thursday, some employers will recognise the holiday on Monday or Friday to allow for an extended weekend. This again is part of the work contract and not part of the Labor Laws.

Cultural and Provincial Holidays

The Polynesian culture celebrates many different holidays throughout the year. These holidays may be specific to the island, the religious beliefs, or the culture of the people celebrating. Many people are still very dedicated to Island beliefs and culture.

The government of French Polynesia and France acknowledge these celebrations but do not acknowledge them as official public holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off with or without pay to attend these events.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
5 MarSunGospel Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
8 MayMonVictory Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
4 JunSunWhit Sunday / Pentecost
5 JunMonWhit Monday
29 JunThuAutonomy Day
14 JulFriQuatorze Julliet / National Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
11 NovSatArmistice Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day