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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

Public holidays in Syria are referred to as “official holidays,” many of which are based on Islamic tradition. Although some holidays are based on Islamic cultural beliefs, many holidays commemorate victories achieved during Syria’s ongoing struggle for political and religious freedom.

Syria recognizes New Year’s Day and the March 8 Revolution, celebrating the seizure of power by the Baath Party. Syria also recognizes Gregorian Easter; Julian Easter and Labour Day. Additional political holidays include Martyrs’ Day, a celebration of the anniversary of the execution of Syrian nationalists by the Turks; Armed Forces Day; October Liberatory War, commemorating the Yom Kippur War and Christmas Day.

According to Syrian labour laws, all employees are entitled to at least 13 paid holidays per year. In the event an employee is required to work on an official holiday, compensation is paid at the regular daily wage in addition to double the wage, amounting to triple wages. If an official holiday falls on a weekly paid rest day, workers are entitled to a replacement day on the first working day after the holiday.

Labour Laws in Syria

Labour and employment laws are regulated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour. The General Federation of Trade Unions regulates union bargaining agreements. According to current Syrian labour laws, all employees are required to enter into an employment contract or trade union agreement. These contracts contain provisions pertaining to scope of employment, wages and entitlement to benefits including paid holidays and annual leave.

Syrian labour laws state that work hours may not exceed eight hours per day or a total of 40 hours per week. The law provides that overtime compensation shall be paid at a rate of 25 percent above normal wages. All workers are entitled to 24 hours of consecutive hours of paid leave per week after at least six work days, known as a rest day. If a worker is required to work on a weekly rest day, compensation is paid at a rate of double the normal wage. In addition to financial compensation, the worker is also entitled to take another day off during the following work week. The additional day off is compensated at the normal wage.

If an employee works on an official public holiday, compensation is paid at double the daily wage, in addition to the normal wage. All workers in Syria are entitled to 24 working days of paid annual leave after working between one and five years. After 10 or more years of employment, or upon reaching the age of 50, workers are entitled to 30 working days of paid annual leave. Official public holidays and weekly rest days are not considered in the annual leave allotment.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
8 MarWedRevolution Day
21 MarTueMother's Day
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter Sunday
17 AprMonIndependence Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
6 MaySatMartyr's Day
25 JunSunEnd of Ramadan
26 JunMonEnd of Ramadan
27 JunTueEnd of Ramadan
1 SepFriFeast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatFeast of Sacrifice
3 SepSunFeast of Sacrifice
4 SepMonFeast of Sacrifice
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
6 OctFriAnniversary of October Liberation War
30 NovThuThe Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day