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French Guiana
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

French Guiana is an overseas department of France located on the eastern side of South America. French Guiana is regulated under the laws of France and all laws applying to holidays are managed in the French Parliament in France. All of the Labor Laws of France apply to workers in French Guiana.

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.

Many of the holidays celebrated in French Guiana are religious based holidays that change in date each year. These holidays are based off of the lunar cycle. The government announces at the end of each year which days these holidays will be celebrated on in the following year. Employers are required to acknowledge these holidays regardless of the dates they are observed.

Under French law, all holidays that fall on a Sunday will be moved to the following Monday for observance.

Cultural and Regional Holidays

French Guiana has a diverse culture with many people belonging to indigenous tribes associated with the South American continent. The government of French Giana acknowledges that these cultures celebrate many holidays that are specific to their tribes or religious beliefs.

The government does not, however, recognise these celebrations as national holidays and does not require employers to provide any special days off or pay rates for these holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
8 MayMonVictory Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
10 JunSatAbolition Day
14 JulFriQuatorze Juillet / National Day
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
11 NovSatArmistice Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day