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Bhutan Public Holidays 2017

Today – 25 November 2017 – is not a holiday in Bhutan.

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 JanMonWinter Solstice (Nyilo)
28 JanSatTraditional Day of Offering
21 Feb to 23 FebTue to ThuBirth Anniversary of His Majesty the King
27 Feb to 28 FebMon to TueLosar New Year
2 MayTueBirth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo
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 *
30 Sep to 2 OctSat to MonThimphu Tshechu *
30 SepSatDashain Festival
1 NovWedCoronation of His Majesty the King
10 NovFriDescending Day of Lord Buddha
11 NovSatBirth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo
17 DecSunNational 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.

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