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Public Holidays 2017

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

As a predominately Islamic country, the majority of recognized public holidays are based on Islamic culture and religion. Additionally, some key calendar dates of other religions are marked by official public holidays.

Bangladesh also honors several optional holidays throughout the year. Paid time off for the optional holidays are at the discretion of an employment contract or trade union collective bargaining agreement. As an Islamic country, most Christian holidays and observances are deemed optional holidays.

Bangladesh Labour Laws

Labour laws in Bangladesh were recently upgraded in July 2013, mainly due to intense pressure from the country’s millions of garment workers. Although many employment conditions were improved, workers are grossly overworked and underpaid. It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of workers live in extreme poverty conditions, many of whom have succumbed to serious illness and death from famine and unsanitary conditions.

The European Union recently threatened to revoke Bangladesh’s export and trade privileges due to unsafe working conditions in factories and manufacturing plants across the country. Bangladesh employs over four million garment workers. Media reports featured the recent collapse of a garment manufacturing facility, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 employees.

Employee Working Hours, Overtime and Annual Leave

The new Bangladesh Labour Act established regulations for working hours, overtime compensation, holiday pay and annual leave. Employees are restricted from working more than 48 hours without being compensated in the form or extra days off or financial payment in an unspecified amount, depending on the employer. Bangladesh law is silent as to holiday entitlement and pay for working on national holidays.

Every employee in Bangladesh is entitled to casual leave, or vacation leave paid at full salary for ten days each calendar year. Annual leave may not be accrued if not taken within time limits established by an employer.

The majority of religious and cultural holidays are observed on Sundays, which significantly reduces the actual numbers of paid holidays per year. Although all employees are legally entitled to 11 paid festival holidays per year, if an employee is required to work on a paid holiday, he or she must be compensated at a rate equal to normal wages, in addition to a “dearment allowance.” This allowance, which is at the discretion of the employer, excludes any accrued vacation, time off or bonus offered by the employer.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
21 FebTueShahid Day &
International Mother Language Day
17 MarFriSheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birthday
26 MarSunIndependence & National Day
14 AprFriBengali New Year's Day
1 MayMonMay Day
10 MayWedBuddha Purnima /
Vesak (Baishakhi Purnima) *
12 MayFriShab-e-Barat *
23 JunFriNight of Destiny / Laylat al-Qadr
23 JunFriJumatul Wida / Jumatul Bidah
25 JunSunEid-ul-Fitr Holiday *
26 JunMonEid-ul-Fitr / Festival of Fastbreaking *
27 JunTueEid-ul-Fitr Holiday *
14 AugMonShuba Janmashtami
15 AugTueNational Mourning Day
1 SepFriEid-ul-Adha Holiday *
2 SepSatEid-ul-Adha / Festival of Sacrifice *
3 SepSunEid-ul-Adha Holiday *
30 SepSatDurga Puja (Bijoya Dashami)
1 OctSunMuharram/Ashura *
1 DecFriEid-e-Miladun-Nabi / Birth of the Prophet*
16 DecSatVictory Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day