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Public Holidays 2017

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

In Latvia, holiday entitlement is generally set forth in provisions contained in an employment contract or union bargaining agreement. Latvia recognizes national holidays including a New Year’s celebration lasting two days; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Easter Monday; Labour Day; Independence Restoration Day and Midsummer Day holidays lasting three days during the third week of June. Latvia also honours Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; the Second Day of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Most public holidays in Latvia are observed on the designated day.

If Restoration Day or Proclamation Day falls on a weekend, the following Monday is observed as a paid holiday. In addition to public holidays, all workers in Latvia are entitled to two Special Working Days, observed in January and June, respectively. Workers are also entitled to take Whitsunday as a paid holiday.

Labour Laws in Latvia

Contracts of employment and/or labour agreements are required of all workers before beginning employment. Labour laws mandate that the minimum wage cannot be less than the wage established by the State. In Latvia, employees who are required to work overtime hours on a public holiday are entitled to receive a supplement amounting to at least 100 percent in addition to the normal hourly wage. Employees may be entitled to a higher rate pursuant to an employment contract or bargaining agreement. According to the Latvian Labour Code, regular daily work time may not exceed eight hours per day or 40 hours per week. A normal work week generally consists of five days. In some instances, employees may work seven hours per day for six days. The law provides that work days before a holiday must be reduced by one hour. Overtime hours cannot exceed 144 hours during a four-month period.

All workers in Latvia are entitled to a weekly rest period of at least 42 consecutive hours during a seven-day work period. If an employee works a five-day week, he or she is entitled to two full days of rest. Weekly rest periods are usually taken on weekends. Latvian law provides that all employees are entitled to Sundays off. If an employee is required to work on Sunday, another day of rest must be provided during the following week. Latvian law prohibits employees from working on official public holidays. If work schedules require work on a holiday, another paid day must be allowed during the following week. All workers in Latvia are entitled to annual paid leave of not less than four calendar weeks. Annual leave does not include paid holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
4 MayThuIndependence Restoration Day
5 MayFriIndependence Restoration Day
23 JunFriMidsummer's Eve
24 JunSatSt John's Day (Midsummer's Day)
18 NovSatIndependence Day
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve