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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

Moldavian Law provides for national holidays and observances. The holidays come from several sources including the Orthodox Church, historical events, and folk traditions such as the seasonal equinox.

In a separate authority, the Moldavian law provides a number of events of status conditions that give rise to social holidays. These are primarily policies that apply to life events, and that promote families and social good. They include sickness, pregnancy and childbirth, nursing infants, and adoption or guardianship over minors.

Observances may or may not be paid and may or may not involve time off from work. These are traditional holidays which do not rise to the level of National Holidays with pay. For example, Valentine’s Day and International Children’s Day are official observances rather than paid holidays.

Required Annual Holidays

Every employee is entitled to 28 days per year of annual leave without accounting for other non-working holidays. Employees in branches of service such as education can get different terms of leave such as spring and summer vacation for teachers. The right to annual vacation vests after six months of continuous service.

The right to annual leave is guaranteed and absolute; it cannot be bargained away or exchanged without the employee consent. Annual vacation is in addition to non-working holidays. Non-working holidays are those on which work is prohibited except for processes that must continue such as consumer services, handling of cargo, and urgent repairs.

Work is not permitted on non-working holidays for the below-listed groups of employees:

  • Employees under 18 years of age,
  • pregnant women,
  • women with children under age three, and
  • women on post-natal holiday.

Another important feature of Moldavian holiday policies is to preserve the job position for the employee’s return. Employees can apply for leave without pay up to sixty days and they can combine this with other paid or unpaid leave. This grant of leave requires employer agreement. While on social holiday, employees can retain the right to their positions, gain further tenure, and improve career status. Seniority is a factor in many job decisions so that holiday status is also important for maintaining and gaining seniority. For example, when calculating annual vacation leave, time in job includes time on leave with full or partial pay.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas
8 JanSunOrthodox Christmas Holiday
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
24 AprMonMemorial/Parents' Day
1 MayMonInternational Solidarity Day of Workers
8 MayMonPublic Holiday
(workday moved to 13 May)
9 MayTueVictory Day
1 JunThuInternational Children's Day
2 JunFriPublic Holiday
(workday moved to 10 June)
27 AugSunIndependence Day
31 AugThuNational Language Day
1 SepFriPublic Holiday
(workday moved to 9 Sep)
25 DecMonWestern Christmas