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Wallis and Futuna
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

The Territory of Wallis and Futuna Islands is a small island group in the South Pacific Ocean that is an official territory of France. The islands consist of three large volcanic islands, one of which is uninhabited, and several small islets. The total land mass of this territory is 54 square miles. Wallis and Futuna have a population of about 15,000 people, most of whom live in the Capital city.

Wallis and Futuna are a territory of France and are governed under French laws. All public holidays are regulated under the Labour Laws of France. The residents of Wallis and Futuna celebrate all of the 11 national holidays observed in France with an additional two holidays that are specific to the islands.

Under French labour laws, employees are entitled to a day off with pay for all public holidays. If the employee is required to work due to the nature of their job, they must be given a day off with pay in lieu of the holiday or paid a premium rate of one and one half their hourly wage for all hours worked on that holiday.

Some of the holidays celebrated in Wallis and Futuna are based on the lunar cycle. These holidays will change in date each year. The government will publish an official list of when the public holidays will occur in the following year. Employers are required to abide by these dates.

Any holiday which falls on a weekend date will remain on that date. Holidays are not moved to the following Monday for observation. It should be noted that Whit Monday is no longer observed officially in France. However, this holiday is still on the official list of public holidays and is celebrated in Wallis and Futuna.

Cultural and Island Specific Holidays

The Polynesian culture is still very strong within the islands and there are still three reigning kings of the different tribes located in the country. Each of these cultures, groups, and tribes all have their own distinct cultural celebrations and holidays which occur each year. The government of France and Wallis and Futuna acknowledge these cultural celebrations but do not recognise them as public holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
28 AprFriSaint Pierre-Chanel Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
8 MayMonVictory Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
14 JulFriNational Day
29 JulSatTerritory Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
11 NovSatArmistice Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day