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Papua New Guinea
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

Papua New Guinea is an island nation located north of Australia in the area of the Pacific Ocean known as Oceania. Papua New Guinea shares their island with New Guinea, which is under the authority of Indonesia.

Papua New Guinea celebrates eight national holidays each year. The Easter Holiday is a four-day celebration, with each day except Sunday considered a national holiday. The Christmas holiday consists of a minimum of two days celebration, and often extends over three days depending on the day the actual holiday falls on during the week.

All holidays are regulated under the Public Holiday’s Act of 1953, Chapter 321 of the Consolidated Laws of Papua New Guinea. This law also gives the Prime Minister the authority to declare additional holidays if necessary. In most cases, holidays are declared when there is a death of a prominent government official either current or retired, or if there are special events taking place in the country.

The Labour Code of Papua New Guinea states that all employers must provide employees with a paid day off for nationally recognised holidays. If the employer must have an employee present during a holiday, the employee must receive the equivalent of time and one half per hour worked or given a different paid day off in lieu of the holiday. Workers who work by-the-piece or are considered casual or temporary employees do not receive holiday pay.

Many businesses close for the entire period between December 25 and January 2 for the holidays. The government, however, only requires businesses to acknowledge the official holidays during this period for paying employees and providing days off.

Cultural, Linguistic, Religious, and Provincial Holidays

Papua New Guinea has the most diverse culture in the world. There are 852 official languages listed in this country, although 12 are considered dead languages, and about the equivalent number of tribes or sects. Each of these distinct cultures have their own belief systems and special holidays they celebrate. The government of Papua New Guinea acknowledges and even encourages these cultural celebrations, but does not recognise them as official public holidays.

Additional holidays may be celebrated in different providences or the outlying islands that are region specific. These holidays are not recognised as national holidays and employers are not required to provide special pay rates or days off to accommodate for their celebration.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatHoly Saturday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
12 JunMonQueen's Birthday
23 JulSunNational Remembrance Day
24 JulMonPublic Holiday
26 AugSatNational Day of Repentance
28 AugMonNational Day of Repentance
16 SepSatIndependence Day
18 SepMonIndependence Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day