Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for the Solomon Islands. Please scroll down to view.
The Solomon Islands are a sovereign country located in the Oceania area of the Pacific Ocean. The Solomon Islands consists of three large islands and 900 smaller islands which cover an area of 11,000 square miles. The Solomon Islands is a constitutional monarchy and recognises Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch.
The Ministry for Home Affairs is charged with establishing public holiday dates each year and declaring one-time public holidays. Each year the Ministry publishes a list of the public holidays at the end of the year for the following year. Included in this list are the dates for the independent public holidays celebrated in each province.
Solomon Islands celebrates nine public holidays each year. In addition to these nine holidays, each province has their own special public holiday that is only celebrated in their area. Many of the public holidays celebrated in Solomon Islands will change in date each year because their celebration dates are based on the lunar cycle.
Public holidays which occur on a Sunday will be celebrated on the following Monday. Holidays which occur on a Saturday remain on that date. All public holidays are considered non-working dates in the country. Labour laws for the Solomon Islands are currently inaccessible. However, it is believed that only government employees receive payment for public holidays unless payment for these dates is part of the work contract between employer and employee.
In most cases, if the employee must work on a public holiday due to the nature of their position, they will receive a day off in lieu of the holiday. If the work contract allows, the employee may receive premium pay for that date instead.
It is not unusual for the government of Solomon Islands to declare one-time public holidays during the course of the year. Commemorative days for funerals or national emergencies are the most common reason for a one-time holiday to be declared.
Cultural, Linguistic or Provincial Holidays
The size and history of the Solomon Islands has given it a very diverse cultural background. There are many different holidays and celebrations that take place based on language groups, cultural groups, tribes, island area, or province. Many of these celebrations are associated with ancient Polynesian or similar belief systems.
The government of Solomon Islands acknowledges that these cultural events take place, but they do not recognise them as public holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off to accommodate employees for attendance to these events.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Years Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Years Day Holiday|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|15 Apr||Sat||Holy Saturday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|5 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|9 Jun||Fri||Queen's Birthday|
|7 Jul||Fri||Independence Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||National Day of Thanksgiving|