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New Caledonia
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

New Caledonia is an island territory located in the southwestern portion of the Pacific Ocean. The territory is comprised of a few dozen islands and islets, with three of these islands holding a majority of the population. New Caledonia is a special territory of France and is under French rule.

Public holidays that are celebrated in New Caledonia match those of France with the exception of one additional holiday that is island specific. The Territorial Congress of New Caledonia reserves the right to assign one-time holidays throughout the year. Overall, there are 12 standard national holidays in New Caledonia each year.

There are many bank holidays that are celebrated in New Caledonia in addition to the official public holidays. The banking system will make a separate announcement at the end of each year for upcoming bank holidays. On these holidays, only the banks are closed. Government offices and private sector businesses remain open.

Employees are entitled to a day off for all public holidays. If the employee is required to work on the holiday, under the Labor Laws of France, they must be given a day off in lieu of the holiday or paid a premium wage for all hours worked. The Labor Laws of France do not guarantee payment for holidays. If an employer pays their employees for holidays it is at their discretion and part of their specific work contract.

Some of the holidays that are celebrated in New Caledonia will change in date each year. These holidays are celebrated on dates based on the lunar calendar. The Ministry of Human Resources will issue a list at the end of each year of the official celebration dates for the following year. Employers must comply with these dates.

Cultural or Regional Celebrations

New Caledonia has a large indigenous population. Known as the Kanack People, the indigenous population has several holidays and celebrations that occur each year outside of the official public holiday dates. These celebrations may be based on their specific culture, the culture of their specific clan, or the culture of the island that this group resides on.

The government of New Caledonia and the government of France acknowledges that these celebrations take place each year but does not view them as public holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off to attend any of these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
8 MayMonVictory Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
14 JulFriNational Day
24 SepSunNew Caledonia Day
1 NovWedAll Saints Day
11 NovSatArmistice Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day