Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Nauru. Please scroll down to view.
The Republic of Nauru is a small island country located in the Central Pacific Ocean. Nauru is the third smallest country by land mass, but the fourth smallest country by area governed. Although Nauru is only 8.1 square miles total, it also governs a large portion of the surrounding ocean. The population of Nauru is around 10,500 people, which is the largest population the country has ever enjoyed.
Nauru currently celebrates 12 public holidays. Two of these holidays are celebrated over several days. Of the 12 holidays, 3 of the dates will change each year because their celebration date is calculated on the lunar calendar.
All public holidays are non-working days in Nauru. It is believed that employees may receive pay for these dates if their work contract provides this benefit. However, there are no guidelines under the labour laws of this country to require payment for these holidays.
The government of Nauru retains the authority to add or extend holidays each year as one time or recurring events. Any one-time or new holiday must be made by official announcement of the government. Once the announcement has been made, employers are required to observe those dates.
Although there are not any specific laws regarding the movement of weekend holidays to the following Monday, it has become common practice. For the last several years, all official lists released by the government at the end of the year for the holiday dates of the following year show weekend holidays being moved to the following Monday.
Nauru is such a small island that the population basically all shares the same heritage. This heritage, however, is based in both indigenous and Christian beliefs. There are many celebrations that take place that are based on either of these beliefs that occur throughout the year. The government of Nauru recognises and encourages these events but does not recognise them as official public holidays.
October 26th is celebrated each year and is the only cultural holiday recognised. During the flu epidemic of 1918, the country of Nauru was impacted very hard. The population dropped to under 1,100 people. It is believed for a society to sustain itself there needs to be at least 1,500 individuals. Angam is the Nauru word for fulfillment. On October 26, 1920, the population reached 1,500 people, “fulfilling” its need for diversity to sustain their culture. This day has been celebrated officially every year since 1920.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|31 Jan||Tue||Independence Day|
|1 Feb||Wed||Independence Day Holiday|
|8 Mar||Wed||International Women's Day|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|18 Apr||Tue||Easter Tuesday|
|17 May||Wed||Constitution Day|
|20 Jun||Tue||World Refugee Day|
|26 Oct||Thu||Angam Day / Day of Fulfillment|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Boxing Day|
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