Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Micronesia. Please scroll down to view.
The Federated States of Micronesia consists of a group of 607 islands located in the Pacific Ocean. Often referred to as just Micronesia because of its location, these 607 islands are divided into 4 main groups or territories, but have one centralised government. The Federated States of Micronesia have close relations with the United States and one of its territories even recognises the Thanksgiving holiday each year.
Public holidays are regulated under the Section 603 of Title 1 of the Codes of the Federated States of Micronesia and further affirmed by Public Law 13-38 2004. This law establishes that the government of the Federated States of Micronesia has the authority to establish or create public holidays either permanently or as one-time events.
Employers are required to provide employees with a day off from work on all national holidays. It has not been established if the employees are entitled to receive payment for these dates. However, it is believed that payment for holidays is part of the work contracts and not part of the law. Employees that are required to work on a public holiday are entitled to a different day off in lieu.
Holidays which fall on a Saturday are celebrated on the prior Friday. Holidays that occur on a Sunday are celebrated on the following Monday. This applies to all national holidays and not regional dates. Each region has the authority over their distinct holidays.
Cultural, Regional and Linguistic Holidays
The Federated States of Micronesia has a very diverse culture and is spread out over a large area of ocean. Because of this, there are many different cultural, linguistic, and regional based holidays that are celebrated in these areas.
Each of the regions has specific holidays that are recognised by the government as public holidays. These holidays are treated just like regular holidays, but only for that island or group of islands. Some of these areas have up to 8 additional public holidays each year.
Additionally, there are many holidays, especially on the smaller islands, that are based strictly on culture, linguistic connection, or regional beliefs. These holidays are recognised by the government, but are not acknowledged as official holidays.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year's Day Holiday|
|31 Mar||Fri||Micronesian Culture and Traditions Day|
|10 May||Wed||Constitution Day (FMS Day)|
|24 Oct||Tue||United Nations' Day|
|3 Nov||Fri||FSM Independence Day|
|10 Nov||Fri||Veterans of Foreign Wars Holiday|
|11 Nov||Sat||Veterans of Foreign Wars Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|