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Maldives Public Holidays

Discover upcoming public holiday dates for Maldives and start planning to make the most of your time off.

Public holidays in Maldives 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.

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