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.
|2 Jan||Mon||Winter Solstice (Nyilo)|
|28 Jan||Sat||Traditional Day of Offering|
|21 Feb to 23 Feb||Tue to Thu||Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King|
|27 Feb to 28 Feb||Mon to Tue||Losar New Year|
|2 May||Tue||Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo|
|5 May||Fri||Shabdrung Kuchoe|
|9 Jun||Fri||Lord Buddha's Parinirvana|
|3 Jul||Mon||Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche|
|27 Jul||Thu||First Sermon of Lord Buddha|
|23 Sep||Sat||Blessed Rainy Day|
|26 Sep||Tue||Thimphu Drupchen Dromchoe *|
|30 Sep to 2 Oct||Sat to Mon||Thimphu Tshechu *|
|30 Sep||Sat||Dashain Festival|
|1 Nov||Wed||Coronation of His Majesty the King|
|10 Nov||Fri||Descending Day of Lord Buddha|
|11 Nov||Sat||Birth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo|
|17 Dec||Sun||National Day|
Note: Thimphu Drupchen Dromchoe and Thimphu Tshechu are observed in Thimphu only.
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.
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