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Bhutan

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Bhutan. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday
2 JanMonWinter Solstice (Nyilo)
28 JanSatTraditional Day of Offerings
21 FebTueBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
22 FebWedBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
23 FebThuBirth Anniversary of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
27 FebMonLosar (New Year)
Year of the Fire Female Bird
28 FebTueLosar (New Year)
Year of the Fire Female Bird
2 MayTueBirth Anniversary of Third King HM Jigme
Dorje Wangchuck
5 MayFriShabdrung Kuchoe
9 JunFriLord Buddha's Parinirvana
3 JulMonBirth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche
27 JulThuFirst Sermon of Lord Buddha
23 SepSatBlessed Rainy Day
26 SepTueThimphu Drupchen Dromchoe
(For Thimpu Only)
30 SepSatDashain (Nepali Festival)
30 SepSatThimphu Tshechu
(Thimphu Only)
1 OctSunThimphu Tshechu
(Thimphu Only)
2 OctMonThimphu Tshechu
(Thimphu Only)
1 NovWedCoronation of Fifth King HM Jigme
Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
10 NovFriDescending Day of Lord Buddha
11 NovSatBirth Anniversary of Fourth King Jigme
Singye Wangchuck / Constitution Day
17 DecSunNational Day

The Labour & Employment Act of 2007 establishes employment and labour regulations in Bhutan, including entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. The majority of public holidays in Bhutan are based on traditional Asian religious and cultural observances. All employees are entitled to a minimum of nine paid holidays per year including the Birthday of His Majesty the King and National Day.

Holidays are paid at an employee’s regular salary. An employer may allow an employee to substitute a public holiday for another holiday. If an employee is requested to work on a nationally recognized holiday, compensation is paid at normal wages, in addition to a 50 percent bonus, which amounts to time and one-half.

Significant religious holidays include Lord Buddha’s Parinirvena, the Birthday of Guru Rinpoche and Durkpa Tshezhi, in honor of the first sermon delivered by Buddha, Dasham and the National Day of Bhutan. Buddhist spiritual observances and festivals are held throughout the country.

Time off for regional and territorial observances are at the discretion of the employer and subject to the terms of an employment contract or bargaining agreement.

Visit mohca.gov.bt for the official announcement.