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Public Holidays 2017

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

Labour Law No.7 is the governing law concerning labor rights and Palestinian Public Holidays; it was ratified in the calendar year 2000. It replaced the two previous laws – the 1964 Egyptian Labour Law which applied to the Gaza Strip and 1960 Jordanian Labour Law applied to the West Bank territory.

Islamic and Christian holy days are national holidays. The exact dates of the Islamic holy days change every year and are celebrated in accordance with the appearance of the moon and the lunar calendar. There are also national public holidays that have a more political or civil focus. In the case of all national holidays, it is the National Authority that declares them. However, regional authorities can also declare ad hoc holidays when they see fit.

Labour Law No.7 consists of ten sections and those relating to Palestinian Public Holidays include the below-listed sections:

  • General Provisions and Principles section defines labourer and employee for the purposes of establishing rights and duties concerning public holidays.
  • Employment, Occupational Training and Guidance section prohibits discrimination against workers and requires equal opportunity in training activities.
  • Requirements and Conditions of Work contain rules on daily and weekly working hours, holidays, paid and other leave, salaries, and responsibilities for occupational safety and health.
  • Regulation of Work of Minors Section includes restrictions on holiday work for young workers.

The Labour Law also consists of the by-laws passed from 2003-2006. They included provisions concerning work during religious holidays.

In Palestine, the central government established public and religious holidays and dates. The official public holidays are among many celebrated by the people and religious traditions. The Palestinian Labor Law No. (7) of the year 2000 A.D. contains the legal regulations controlling the rights of Palestinian workers related to religious and public holidays*.

The public holiday rights of workers in Palestine are important to fair treatment and enjoyment of life. The law recognises this and adds protections for workers. Holidays with pay is an important source of income in Palestine.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
24 AprMonThe Prophet's Ascension
1 MayMonLabour Day
24 JunSatEnd of Ramdan
25 JunSunEnd of Ramdan
26 JunMonEnd of Ramdan
1 SepFriFeast of Sacrifice
2 SepSatFeast of Sacrifice
3 SepSunFeast of Sacrifice
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
15 NovWedIndependence Day
30 NovThuThe Prophet's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day