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Public Holidays 2017

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

Georgia is a country located in Eurasia. Although Georgia gained independence from Russia in 1991, two of its territories are still considered under Russian military occupation. Georgia currently celebrates 17 public holidays each year.

A majority of the Georgian population are of the Orthodox Christian faith. Because of this, most of their public holidays are based on this religion. The Easter season is one of the longest holiday periods when there are four days in a row considered as national holidays.

Public holidays are regulated by the Labor Code of Georgia, Section Four Article 21. This Article states the dates of the national holidays and requires all employers to provide employees with days off for these dates. The Labor Code does not require that employers provide these days as paid days off, but allows employers to offer this option as a benefit. However, any employee that is required to work on a public holiday due to the nature of their position are required under this law to receive a pay rate that is equal to what they would make in overtime pay.

The Easter holiday celebrations will change in date each year. Easter is calculated by the lunar calendar of the Orthodox Church and each year the dates will vary. The government of Georgia requires that all employers acknowledge these holiday dates each year, regardless of when they occur. Because these dates do change each year, the Office of the Prime Minister will issue a list of dates each year for the following year celebration dates.

The government of Georgia has reserved the right to declare one-time non-working public holidays for special occasions. This has been used in the past for disaster relief, elections, and commemorative days.

Additional Holidays Celebrated In Georgia

Additional holy days may be celebrated throughout the country of Georgia. Many districts will celebrate the feast days of their patron saints. In addition, many of the people within Georgia also celebrate older traditional holidays such as solstice celebrations. The government of Georgia acknowledges that these holiday celebrations occur, but does not recognise them as national holidays. Employers are not required to provide days off for any celebration that is not listed as a national public holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas
19 JanThuOrthodox Epiphany
3 MarFriMother's Day
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
9 AprSunGoergia's Independence Restoration Day
14 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
15 AprSatOrthodox Holy Saturday
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
9 MayTueVictory Day
12 MayFriSaint Andrew the First Called Day
26 MayFriIndependence Day
28 AugMonSaint Mary's Day
14 OctSatSvetitskhovloba
23 NovThuSaint George's Day