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Public Holidays 2017

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

In Macao, public holidays are referred to as mandatory holidays, many of which are based on ancient Chinese culture. There are officially 10 mandatory holidays, a few of which span three or more days, such as the Lunar New Year, In addition to mandatory holidays, Macao honors several observances including Good Friday, the day before Easter, the Feast of Buddha and the Dragon Boat Festival. Christian holidays are regarded as observances. Time off is discretionary, based on the terms of an employment contract or union bargaining agreement.

A new law was enacted on July 13, 2015, entitling all employees to an additional mandatory holiday. The holiday, celebrated on September 3 is called the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War.

Labour Laws in Macao

Labour laws are regulated by Macao’s Labour Affairs Bureau. The majority of employers in Macao require employees to enter into employment contracts setting forth terms of employment, wages, overtime compensation and entitlement to annual leave. Macao’s labour laws prohibit employees from working more than eight hours per day or 48 hours per week without overtime compensation. Overtime is compensated at the normal salary plus an additional 50 percent, which amounts to time and one-half.

All employees are entitled to a weekly rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours. If an employee is required to work during a rest period, he or she shall be provided a compensatory paid day off in addition to an extra day of normal wages. If an employee is required to work on a mandatory holiday, compensation includes an extra paid day in addition to wages for an extra day. This essentially amounts to double-time.

Entitlement to Annual Leave

All employees in Macao are entitled to paid annual leave. The number of days awarded are based on length of employment. An employee is entitled to a minimum of six days paid vacation after one full year of employment. According to Macao’s Labour Code, annual leave must be taken during the calendar year in which it was earned. Vacation time may be accumulated for as long as two years.

In addition to basic salary and overtime compensation, the majority of employees in Macao are paid an extra month’s salary, referred to as a 13th month bonus.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official 2017 dates released by the Macao Government.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
28 JanSatLunar New Year's Day
29 JanSunThe second day of the Lunar New Year
30 JanMonThe third day of the Lunar New Year
4 AprTueChing Ming Festival
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatThe day before Easter
1 MayMonLabor Day
3 MayWedBuddha's Birthday
30 MayTueTung Ng Festival
1 OctSunNational Day of the People's Republic of China
2 OctMonThe day following National Day of the Republic of China
5 OctThuThe day following Mid-Autumn Festival
28 OctSatFestival of Ancestors / Chong Yeung Festival
2 NovThuAll Soul's Day
8 DecFriFeast of the Immaculate Conception
20 DecWedMacao S.A.R. Establishment Day
22 DecFriWinter Solstice
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day