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Public Holidays 2017

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

According to the Labour Code in Lithuania, all employees are entitled to 15 paid public holidays per year in addition to 28 days of mandatory paid annual leave. The majority of Lithuanian public holidays are based on early Christian culture, many of which were established in earlier centuries. Although many Lithuanian holidays are centered on traditional Christian beliefs, some holidays are based on Pagan influences such as Saint John’s Eve. In Lithuania, several patriotic holidays are also observed, but are not officially designated as official public holidays. Local and regional observances typically involve festivals, concerts and special town gatherings.

National holidays in Lithuania include New Year’s Day; Independence Restoration Day; Easter; Easter Monday; Labour Day; Saint John’s Day of Dew; King Mindaugas Coronation Day; Feast of the Assumption of Mary; All Saints’ Day and the Christmas holidays.

In Lithuania, the Christmas holidays hold special significance. Christmas Eve is celebrated more widely than Christmas Day. It is designated as a time in which extended families get together for a special vegetarian feast. According to Lithuanian Christian tradition, the feast must include at least 12 unique meals. Every feast participant is required to sample each meal offering. The first and second days of Christmas are also designated as public holidays, a time for family gatherings and offerings. The official Lithuanian Christmas celebration ends on the Epiphany, which honors the three kings, known as the magi, who paid tribute to the infant Jesus. Additional significant religious holidays include Easter, All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day. The third most significant Lithuanian public holidays is Pentecost, a celebration of the Holy Spirit.

Labour Laws in Lithuania

All employees are required to enter into an employment contract or union bargaining agreement outlining terms of employment, wages, overtime compensation, benefits and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. The typical work week includes five days with a mandatory rest period of two consecutive days. The Labour Law mandates that workers may not work more than seven hours per day or 48 hours per week without overtime compensation. Overtime is not allowed for more than four hours during two consecutive work days and cannot exceed 120 hours per year. Overtime is paid at a rate equivalent to at least one and one-half times a worker’s normal wage.

Annual leave begins to accrue after six continuous months of employment. Lithuanian employees are permitted to use annual leave in two increments of 14 days at one time. Most employers urge employees to use the allotted 28 days at one time. Annual leave is paid at an employee’s regular salary.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
16 FebThuIndependence Day
11 MarSatIndependence Restoration Day
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
7 MaySunMother's Day
4 JunSunFather's Day
24 JunSatSt John's Day
6 JulThuStatehood Day
(King Mindaugas' Day)
15 AugTueAssumption Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas