New Caledonia Public Holidays
Discover upcoming public holiday dates for New Caledonia and start planning to make the most of your time off.
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.
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.