Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Fiji. Please scroll down to view.
As an archipelago consisting of more than 300 islands, public holidays in Fiji are generally based on cultural diversity and religious traditions. Fiji observes New Year’s Day; Good Friday; Holy Saturday; Easter Monday; National Sports Day; Constitution Day; Fiji Day; Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Most workers in Fiji are entitled to nine paid holidays per year. Each major religion recognized in Fiji has a dedicated public holiday. If a public holidays falls on a weekend, workers are entitled to a paid holiday on the Friday before or the Monday after the holiday.
Festivals in Fiji
Most major regions honor annual celebrations, known as festivals or carnivals. Most festivals are relevant to the heritage and culture of a respective region, but are not designated as public holidays. Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors is a celebration held in February or March of each year, but is not designated as an official public holiday. Ram Naumi, a traditional Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama may be designated as a holiday by some employers. In Fiji, the Easter celebration begins on Good Friday and continues until Easter Monday, a total of three paid public holidays. Palm Sunday and Rafu Sir Lala Day, a celebration commemorating Fiji’s first modern statesman are deemed festivals and are not recognized as public holidays. The Muslim festival signifying the end of Ramadhan is designated as a public holiday in many regions, but the date is uncertain, depending on the lunar calendar.
Labour Laws in Fiji
Labour laws in Fiji are regulated by the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations. All workers in Fiji are required to enter into a legally-binding employment contract or trade union labour agreement before beginning employment. The majority of workers in Fiji belong to trade unions, provisions of which outline scope of employment, salary, overtime and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. Although the government sets forth basic guidelines pertaining to employment matters, it does not regulate provisions contained in trade union agreements or employment contracts.
In Fiji, regular work includes eight hours per day for a six-day work week or nine hours per day for a five-day work week. Overtime compensation is established in union or employment contracts and varies among employers. All workers are entitled to 10 paid working days as annual leave after each year of employment, which can be taken at one time or may be split into two or more one-week periods.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year's Day Holiday|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|15 Apr||Sat||Easter Saturday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|30 Jun||Fri||National Sports Day|
|7 Sep||Thu||Constitution Day|
|10 Oct||Tue||Fiji Day|
|4 Dec||Mon||Prophet Muhammed's Birthday
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Boxing Day|
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