Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for French Guiana. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|1 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|8 May||Mon||Victory Day|
|25 May||Thu||Ascension Day|
|5 Jun||Mon||Whit Monday|
|10 Jun||Sat||Abolition Day|
|14 Jul||Fri||National Day|
|15 Aug||Tue||Assumption Day|
|1 Nov||Wed||All Saints' Day|
|11 Nov||Sat||Armistice Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
French Guiana currently celebrates 12 paid non-working national holidays and an additional 6 non-working holidays without pay are recognised. Under French law only the paid non-working holidays are required to be acknowledged by employers, but many employer provide a day off for the additional four holidays based on local tradition.
In 2015 legislation was presented to the French Parliament to change many of the holidays in French Guiana to reflect additional religions and cultures. Even though this legislation was approved, there has not been any action taken on a local level to change any of the currently celebrated holidays.
Under French Labour Laws, employers are required to provide all employees with a paid day off for nationally recognised holidays. Any employee required to work on a holiday due to the nature of their job must be paid at one and one half their normal rate or provided with a different paid day off.
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