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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Haiti is an island nation that shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Haiti currently celebrates 14 national holidays and observes one half-day holiday that is not formally a national holiday. National holidays in Haiti can be classified as non-working or paid non-working holidays.

National holidays are regulated by the Labor Code of Haiti, laws 107-119 of the amendments made to the Labor Code in 1993. These laws provide the government with the ability to create national holidays, determine which days are paid holidays and which are not, and determine the dates in which they are celebrated.

The Labor Code of Haiti requires that on paid non-working holidays all employees required to work due to the nature of their position, must be paid at a rate of one and a half times their pay for all hours worked on the holiday. In addition, the Labor Code states that employment contracts cannot eliminate pay for holidays that are declared as paid dates by the government.

At this time, there is a lot of turmoil within the Haitian government and access to many of their legal records are unavailable. From the available information, it is believed that there are not any specific holidays where pay is guaranteed and that this is determined each year by the government.

The government releases an official list of holidays at the end of each year for the following year. Some of the dates of the religious holidays will change each year. This is due to the fact that these holidays are celebrated based on the lunar cycle. The government of Haiti requires that all employers recognise these holidays, regardless of the dates in which they occur.

The government of Haiti is also known to declare one-time national holidays, usually without pay, for various reasons throughout the year. Some occasion that have prompted one-off holidays include election periods, bridging two holidays that occur a day apart, and commemorative holidays.

Carnival Monday is usually observed as a half day off from work. While this is not a nationally recognised holiday, it has become a tradition with business owners.

Cultural and Religious Holidays

Haiti has a diverse culture and many of the people continue to practice religion that is based on island beliefs. These cultures and religious beliefs have holiday celebrations that are not the same as the national holidays. The government of Haiti acknowledges these holidays but does not view them as national holiday events. Employers are not required to provide days of or pay for participation in these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunIndependence Day
2 JanMonFounders' Day
28 FebTueCarnival
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabor and Agricultural Day
18 MayThuFlag and University Day
15 JunThuCorpus Christi
15 AugTueAssumption Day
17 OctTueDeath of Dessalines
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
2 NovThuAll Souls' Day
18 NovSatBattle of Vertieres
25 DecMonChristmas Day