Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Vanuatu. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|21 Feb||Tue||Father Lini Day|
|5 Mar||Sun||Custom Chief's Day|
|6 Mar||Mon||Custom Chief's Day Holiday|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|1 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|25 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|24 Jul||Mon||Children's Day|
|30 Jul||Sun||Independence Day|
|31 Jul||Mon||Independence Day Holiday|
|15 Aug||Tue||Assumption Day|
|5 Oct||Thu||Constitution Day|
|29 Nov||Wed||Unity Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Family Day|
Vanuatu celebrates 14 national holidays each year. Under the National Holiday Acts legislation, the Office of the President holds the authority to add additional one-time national holidays throughout the year.
The National Holidays Act also gives the government the authority to move holidays that occur on a Sunday to the following Monday for observance. If that Monday is also a holiday, the celebration date is moved to the following Tuesday for an extended holiday period.
The Labor Laws of Vanuatu provide employees with a paid day off for all nationally recognised holidays. If an employee is required to work on the holiday based on their job duties, the government requires that the employee receive a paid day off in lieu of the holiday or the employee is paid at a premium rate for hours worked on the holiday.
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