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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Maldives is an archipelago country located in the southern Indian Ocean. Consisting of over 150 islands, this country is one of the most spread out countries of the world, with a very small population of fewer than 50,000 residents. The Maldives is an Islamic country and a majority of their 13 national holidays are based on the Muslim faith.

Public holidays are regulated by the Office of the President and each year this office releases the official dates of the holidays to be celebrated the next year. Many of the holidays celebrated in the Maldives are celebrated according to the lunar cycles. These cycles are calculated using the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia. It is not unusual for the President to deem several holidays throughout the year as multi-day celebrations.

Weekends are celebrated as Friday and Saturday in the Maldives. Fridays are considered by law as a non-working holiday each week. Holidays that fall on either a Friday or Saturday are generally moved to the prior Thursday or the next Sunday to extend the holiday celebration.

The Labor Laws of the Maldives requires that all employees are given a paid day off for national holidays. If an employee is required to work on a national holiday or a Friday, they are to be paid at a rate of one and one half their normal hourly rate for all hours worked. If the work performed on the Friday or national holiday is overtime work (work exceeding 40 hours) the employee must also receive premium pay for the overtime hours worked.

The population throughout the Maldives is very small and over 98 percent of the population identifies with the Muslim faith. Culturally and religious based holidays outside of those stated by the government are very unusual. However, the main industry in the Maldives is tourism, and because of this, many other celebrations do take place within the resort areas for the tourists.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year
1 JanSunThe Day Maldives Embraced Islam
1 MayMonLabour Day
27 MaySatFirst of Ramazan
25 JunSunEid-ul Fithr
26 JulWedIndependence Day
1 SepFriEid-ul Al'haa
2 SepSatHajj Day
21 SepThuIslamic New Year (1436)
3 NovFriVictory Day
11 NovSatRepublic Day
12 NovSunRepublic Day Holiday
19 NovSunNational Day
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
20 DecWedThe Day Maldives Embraced Islam