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Public Holidays 2017

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

Public holidays in Myanmar are regulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Myanmar officially observes 21 public holidays per year. Entitlement to paid holidays is largely regulated by terms of an employment contract or bargaining agreement.

The most significant holidays observed in Myanmar include Independence Day, Union Day, Peasants’ Day, Armed Forces Day, May Day and Christmas. Many political holidays and observances were established to honor political freedom in many parts of the country. In addition to public holidays, which are paid at normal wages, every employee is entitled to weekly holidays on Saturday and Sunday.

Myanmar Labour Laws

Labour laws in Myanmar are governed by an understanding between the Government of the Union of Myanmar and the International Labour Office (ILO). The role of the ILO in Myanmar is to eliminate forced labour and human rights violations. The majority of Myanmar’s labour laws are outdated and have no effect on relationships between employers and employees. According to a recent ILO analysis, Myanmar does not abide by existing labour laws.

Wages, Overtime and Annual Leave

Laborers working in the oil and gas industries, factories and mines are not permitted to work more than eight hours per day or 44 hours per week. Given the ongoing problems with forced labour, hourly restrictions are rarely enforced. According to Myanmar’s Labour Code, overtime compensation should equal twice an employee’s regular salary.

Every employee is entitled to severance pay. The amount varies according to length of employment. An employee who is terminated less than three months after beginning employment is entitled to one month’s wages. An employee terminated between one and three years of service is entitled to three months’ wages.

Every employee is entitled to paid annual leave. The amount of leave depends on an employee’s length of service. An employee who has worked from one to less than three years is entitled to 10 days of paid vacation per year. An employee who has worked more than five years is awarded 15 paid vacation days. Employees may accrue up to five vacation days to be used the following year.

Public Holidays 2017

4 JanWedIndependence Day
12 FebSunUnion Day
2 MarThuPeasants' Day
12 MarSunFull Moon Day of Tabaung
27 MarMonArmed Forces Day
12 AprWedPublic Holiday
13 AprThuMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
14 AprFriMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
15 AprSatMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
16 AprSunMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
17 AprMonMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
18 AprTueMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
19 AprWedMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
20 AprThuMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
21 AprFriMaha Thingyan (Water Festival)
1 MayMonMay Day
10 MayWedFull Moon Day of Kasong
8 JulSatFull Moon Day of Waso
(Beginning of Buddhist Lent)
19 JulWedMartyr's Day
5 OctThuFull Moon Day of Thadingyut
(End of Buddhist Lent)
3 NovFriFull Moon of Tazaungmone
13 NovMonNational Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day