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Dominican Republic
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

The Dominican Republic is an island nation located on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic shares Hispaniola with the country of Haiti and is only one of two Caribbean islands that are divided into two separate countries. The Dominican Republic currently celebrates 12 national holidays.

National holidays are governed under the Labor Code, Law 16-92, confirmed in 1999. This is an update to the law that was first established in 1954. Law 16-92 establishes all 12 national holidays and gives the government of the Dominican Republic the authority to create one-time national holidays based on need. Currently, the government has issued two one-time holidays during election years to allow the population better access to voting.

Under the Labor Code, employees are guaranteed a non-working day on all national holidays. However, if the employee is paid for the national holiday is based on their individual working contracts. Employers are not required to provide pay for non-working holidays unless they offer it as part of their benefit packages.

Law 139-37 of the Labor Code, established in June of 1997, states that any holiday that is not religious or patriotic in nature can be moved to the following Monday for celebration. Only two holidays in the Dominican Republic fall under this category. Two additional holidays change in dates each year. These are religious holidays and their celebration dates are based on the lunar calendar. The government issues a list of national holidays and their celebration dates at the end of each year for the following year.

While they are not recognised as national holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are often celebrated in the Dominican Republic. Most businesses close at noon on these days are remain closed through the next day for the holiday.

Religious and Cultural Holidays

The population of the Dominican Republic is culturally diverse. Some people are associated with different religions, including those that are indigenous to the island. These religious beliefs often have celebrations and holidays that are not nationally recognised. Employers are not required to issue days off, with or without pay, for these celebrations.

Many cultures also celebrate certain holidays that are significant to their culture. The government of the Dominican Republic acknowledges these celebrations but does not recognise them as national holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
9 JanMonEpiphany Holiday
21 JanSatLady of Altagracia Day
30 JanMonDuarte Day
27 FebMonIndependence Day
14 MarTueGood Friday
1 MayMonLabour Day
15 JunThuCorpus Christi
16 AugWedRestoration Day
24 SepSunOur Lady of Mercedes Day
6 NovMonDominican Constitution Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day