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Public Holidays 2017

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

The majority of holidays celebrated in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay are based on religious traditions, as well as Portuguese and Brazilian cultural influences. Officially recognized holidays include New Year’s Day; Presidential Inauguration Day; Maundy Thursday; Good Friday; Labor Day; Constitution Day; Independence Day and Christmas Day. In Uruguay, the Christian Holy Week, which begins on the first day of Lent and ends on Easter Sunday is also regarded as “Tourism Week.”

Some bank holidays are allowed as paid holidays pursuant to terms of an employment contract or union labor agreement. Official observances include The Three Wise Men Day; Carnival; Shrove Tuesday; Landing of the 33 Patriots; Battle of Los Piedras; Birthday of Jose Artigus; Memorial Day and All Saints Day.

Uruguay’s labor laws established a National Minimum Salary (NMS). For a monthly paid worker, the NMS amounts to an equivalent of US$ 389. All working hours exceeding the government’s established regulations are considered overtime. Overtime compensation is paid based on a 100 percent increase above normal wages. Although labor contracts and union bargaining agreements are not required in Uruguay, they have become standard in most public and private sectors. However, if an employee is required to work overtime on a holiday, compensation is paid at 150 percent of the normal wage.

Uruguay’s labor laws state that employees may not work more than eight hours per day, or a total of 44 hours per week without overtime compensation. Sunday is designated as a mandatory rest day in both the public and private sectors. If an employee is required to work on a mandatory rest day, he or she is allowed a choice of a compensatory day off or financial compensation, which cannot be less than double the regular wage.

All workers are entitled to a complimentary annual wage, which is regarded as a bonus. The complimentary wage is equal to one full month’s pay, which is typically paid on an annual basis. Employers may choose to pay the bonus in equal instalments in June and December of each calendar year.

According to Uruguay’s labor laws, all workers are entitled to holiday pay equal to 100 percent of normal salary. This system was established to enable employees to “improve leave enjoyment.” All workers are entitled to 20 consecutive days of paid annual leave for each year of continuous employment. Annual leave increases yearly depending on length of service.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriEpiphany / Three Kings Day
27 FebMonCarnival Monday
28 FebTueCarnival Tuesday
13 AprThuHoly Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonLanding of the Patriots
1 MayMonLabor Day
22 MayMonBattle of Las Piedras
19 JunMonBirth of Artigas
18 JulTueConstitution Day
25 AugFriIndependence Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day Holiday
2 NovThuAll Souls' Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day