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Public Holidays 2017

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

Chile is located on the western side of South America and also governs the Islands of Juan Fernandez, Salas y Gomes and Desventuadas in the Pacific Ocean. Chile also lays claim to the famed Easter Island located in Oceania. Chile celebrates many public holidays throughout the year, with a majority of these holidays based on the Christian faith.

Chilean holidays are only established by presidential decree and can only be changed in the same manner. The current holidays were established in 1915 under Presidential Decree 2977. Since this initial decree, different presidents have added and removed some of the holidays. Each year, the Minister of Labor will announce the official holidays of Chile for the following year based on these presidential decrees.

Under Chilean labour code, employer must provide employees a day off for a nationally recognised holiday. Current documents do not state if these days must be paid, but many non-government documents state that these days must be paid holidays. Chilean law also stipulates that if the employee cannot take the day off due to the nature of the work, they must be compensated with extra pay or a substitute paid day off.

Some of the holidays celebrated in Chile are based on the lunar cycle. These holidays will fall on different days each year. The government requires businesses to acknowledge these holidays, regardless of the calendar date they appear each year.

Chile has a very diverse culture, including the cultures found on their island territories, that may celebrate local, cultural, or indigenous religious holidays. Certain businesses and professions may also acknowledge different holidays. While the government of Chile acknowledges these days, they are not considered national holidays and do not fall under any laws for guaranteed days off or pay.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatHoly Saturday
19 AprWedNational Census
Public Holiday
1 MayMonLabour Day
21 MaySunNavy Day
26 JunMonSaint Peter and Saint Paul
2 JulSunPresidential and Congress
Primary Elections Holiday
16 JulSunOur Lady of Mount Carmel
15 AugTueAssumption of Mary
18 SepMonIndependence Day
19 SepTueArmy Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
27 OctFriReformation Day
1 NovWedAll Saints Day
19 NovSunPresidential Election
Public Holiday
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception
17 DecSunPresidential Election
25 DecMonChristmas Day