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Public Holidays 2017

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

East Timor, or as it is now known officially, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is an island nation in Southeast Asia. East Timor consists of the eastern part of the Timor Island and three additional islands located nearby. East Timor is the first new sovereign state of the new millennium and one of the newest countries in the world.

East Timor currently celebrates 15 national holidays and has three tentative national holidays. For the last two years, these tentative holidays were announced as national holidays about a month before they were celebrated. It is assumed at this time that they will eventually become official holidays.

Many of the holidays celebrated in East Timor are based on religious beliefs. Some of these holidays will change in date each year because their occurrences are based on the lunar cycle. The government of East Timor requires that all employers acknowledge these holidays as nation non-working holidays, regardless of their actual dates.

The laws governing holidays in East Timor are found in the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of East Timor of August 2005. The laws governing national holidays require that employers provide a day off to employees for the day. However, it is unknown at this time if employers are required to pay the employees for the holiday.

Provincial, Cultural, and Business Holidays

The country of East Timor and its outlaying islands have a very diverse culture. Many of these cultures may have specific holidays that they observe. The outlying islands may also acknowledge holidays on their specific islands that are not recognised in other areas of the country.

The government of East Timor recognises that these celebrations take place throughout the country but does not acknowledge them as official national holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off from work for employees to celebrate these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
3 MarFriVeterans Day
14 AprFriHoly Friday / Good Friday
1 MayMonLabour Day
20 MaySatIndependence Restoration Day
15 JunThuFeast of the Body of God /
Corpus Christi
26 JunMonIdulfitri / End of Ramadan
30 AugWedPopular Consultation Day
1 SepFriIdul Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
2 NovThuAll Souls' Day
12 NovSunNational Youth Day
28 NovTueProclamation of Independence Day
7 DecThuNational Heroes Day
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day