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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Federal Republic of Nepal is located in South Asia surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountain range. According to recent statistics, the population is approximately 27 million, 80 percent of which practices the Hindu religion.

Holidays in Nepal are regulated by the Labour Relation Committee. Every Saturday is deemed a holiday. All employees are entitled to 13 paid public holidays per year. Holidays are paid at normal wages. The majority of public holidays are based on religious and cultural traditions. The longest consecutive holiday in Nepal is celebrated during Vijaya Dasham with festivals lasting as long as six days. Several holidays are celebrated in regions and territories such as Kathmandu and Tanang. In addition to holidays, all employees are entitled to home leave. Paid home leave is calculated at the rate of one day’s wages for every 20 days of continuous employment. Home leave may accumulate for 60 days.

Working Hours, Overtime and Bonuses

The government of Nepal recently established a division known as the Minimum Remuneration Committee, which is responsible for fixing the minimum wage of all employees. According to Nepal’s labour laws, employees are restricted from working more than eight hours per day or 48 hours per week. If an employee is required to work more than the maximum specified hours per week, he or she will be compensated at the rate of one and one-half times his or her normal wage.

Nepal’s labour laws are silent as to annual leave entitlement. The country’s labour laws include a Bonus Act, which entitles all employers to distribute an amount equal to ten percent of its net income per year to employees. This is an ambiguous provision, as profit-making businesses are required to submit profit-and-loss statements at the end of each fiscal year. It becomes an honest determination of each employer as to the amount of bonus compensation due to employees.

Public Holidays 2017

14 JanSatMaghi Parwa / Maghe Sankranti
28 JanSatSonam Losar
(Tamang New Year)
29 JanSunMartyr's Memorial Day
18 FebSatDemocracy Day
(Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas)
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
27 FebMonGhyalpo Losar
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
5 AprWedRam Nawami
13 AprThuNepali New Year
1 MayMonInternational Workers Day
10 MayWedBuddha Jayanti
(Bhudda Day)
28 MaySunGanatantra Diwas / Republic Day
26 JunMonRamjan Edul Fikra
7 AugMonJanai Purnima / Rakshya Bandhan
14 AugMonShree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba
2 SepSatEdul Aajaha
19 SepTueConstitution Day
21 SepThuGhatasthapana
27 SepWedDashain Festival
(Phoolpati / Phulpat)
28 SepThuDashain Festival
(Maha Astami)
29 SepFriDashain Festival
(Maha Nawami)
30 SepSatDashain Festival
(Vijaya Dashami)
1 OctSunDashain Festival
(Pampakusha EkadashI)
2 OctMonDashain Festival
5 OctThuKojagrat Purnima
19 OctThuTihar Festival
(Gai Tihar / Lakshmi Puja)
20 OctFriTihar Festival
(Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Puja)
21 OctSatTihar Festival
(Bhai Tika)
25 OctWedChhat Parwa
25 DecMonChristmas Day
(Christians only)
30 DecSatTamu (Gurung) Lhosar