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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

Despite Bulgaria’s stable economy, salaries are reported to be among the lowest in the European Union. Although several scientific and technological companies have moved into the area, providing good jobs for professionals, the unemployment rate remains high.

Bulgarian culture is centered on Roman, Greek, Persian and Ottoman Empire influences. Many public holidays are based on Christian doctrines, as well as traditional cultural beliefs. Official public holidays include New Year’s Day, Liberation Day, Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, Labour Day, St. George’s Day, Unification Day, Independence Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Second Day of Christmas. Bulgarian labour laws are silent as to paid holiday entitlement, but officially recognizes two official public holidays. Local and regional observances may be awarded as days off at the discretion of each employer. If an employee is required to work on a paid holiday, he or she shall be compensated at a rate equal to twice the normal wage.

Entitlement to Paid Leave

All employees in Bulgaria are required to enter into either an employment contract or trade union bargaining agreement before beginning work. The agreements set forth wages, work hours and entitlement to paid leave. According to Bulgarian labour laws, every worker is entitled to 20 paid days of leave per year after serving at least eight consecutive months with an employer. This amounts to four weeks of vacation per year. The law states that entitlement to paid holidays is not included in the calculation of paid annual leave.

Work Hours and Overtime Compensation

In Bulgaria, the standard work week is eight hours per day, for a total of 40 hours per week. The labour law provides that overtime is permitted up to 48 hours per week with extra compensation for each hour worked in excess of normal working hours. Many employers offer compensatory days off in lieu of overtime payments. In general, overtime is prohibited by law unless in cases of public emergencies or national defense. Compensatory days off must be taken within four months. Labour laws are silent as to the amount of compensation paid for overtime work. It is implied that the amount of overtime is outlined in employment contracts and bargaining agreements and is not mandated by the country’s labour laws. Every employee is entitled to a weekly rest period of at least 48 consecutive hours. The rest period essentially amounts to two full days off, which normally includes weekends.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 MarFriLiberation Day
14 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
15 AprSatOrthodox Holy Easter
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter Sunday
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
6 MaySatSaint George's Day / Army Day
8 MayMonSaint George's Day / Army Day
Holiday
24 MayWedCulture & Literacy Day
6 SepWedUnification Day
22 SepFriIndependence Day
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas
27 DecWedChristmas Holiday