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Public Holidays 2017

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

Belarus is an Eastern European country that celebrates many national holidays each year. The government of Belarus has established nine official public holidays that employers must honour. However, there are also several national holidays that are not “officially” recognised by the government in terms of employment laws, but are still celebrated on a national level.

Holidays in Belarus are regulated under Article 84, Paragraph 18 in the Constitution on the Republic of Belarus. This Article gives the president of Belarus the right to establish or take away holidays on a national level. The current list of national holidays is in Section 3 of the Presidential Decree issued in 1998.

Under the Labour Code, employers must give employees a day off for a national holiday. Since most employees work under salaried or contractual pay in Belarus, the law requires that their pay not be altered in any way for that day off. A new amendment to the Labor Law in July 2014 states that all employers must provide employees who are required to work on a national holiday with an additional day off, without having their pay adjusted, or must be given a special pay rate for the time they worked on the holiday. The choice is up to the employer and will be part of the employee’s contract.

Belarus does not have any laws in place to move holiday dates if they occur on the weekend to the following Monday to create an extended weekend. However, there are have been times when a Presidential Decree is made and an extra holiday date is given to provide for a three-day weekend for the employees. This does not happen all the time, and in most cases is only announced shortly before the event.

Religious, Business, and Cultural Holidays

There are additional holidays that may be celebrated throughout the country of Belarus that are very centralised to a religion, demographic area, culture, or business. The government of Belarus recognises these holidays but does not officially acknowledge them as public holidays. Employers are not required to accommodate employees for these events.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year
2 JanMonPublic Holiday
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas
8 MarWedWomen's Day
24 AprMonPublic Holiday
25 AprTueRadunitsa (Ancestors Veneration Day)
1 MayMonLabour Day / Worker's Day
8 MayMonPublic Holiday
9 MayTueVictory Day
3 JulMonIndependence Day
6 NovMonPublic Holiday
7 NovTueOctober Revolution Day
25 DecMonCatholic Christmas