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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Palau is an island nation located in the western portion of the Pacific Ocean. Palau is a self-governing republic that is in free association with the United States.

Palau currently celebrates 11 national holidays. Of these holidays, two are shared with those in the United States as a way to honour the free association between the two countries. Palau public holidays are non-working holidays. Palau laws and regulations are not currently available to the public, so it is undetermined if employers are required to pay employees for these days off. However, it is easy to assume that their labour laws are very similar to the United States and employers would only be required to pay for public holidays if it is part of the work contract.

The president of Palau has the authority to grant one-time holiday throughout the year if the occasion is necessary. The government of Palau releases the official dates for all public holidays at the end of each for the upcoming year. Public holidays which occur on a Sunday will be celebrated the following Monday. Those which occur on a Saturday are observed on the previous Friday.

Local and Cultural Holidays

The republic of Palau has a very long and distinct history. The cultural history of the island group plays a very significant part in the lives of the islanders and many cultural holidays are celebrated each year. The government of Palau acknowledges these cultural events but does not recognise them all as official holidays.

Additionally, there are many holiday celebrations that are relevant to specific islands within the group. These events may only be celebrated on specific islands or by specific groups on those islands. Again, the government does not recognise these celebrations as official public holidays. Businesses are not required to provide employees with any special days off or other benefits to attend these celebrations.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
15 MarWedYouth Day
5 MayFriSenior Citizens' Day
1 JunThuPresident's Day
9 JulSunConstitution Day
10 JulMonConstitution Holiday
4 SepMonLabor Day
1 OctSunIndependence Day
2 OctMonIndependence Day Holiday
24 OctTueUnited Nations' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day