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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 Syria public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

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

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 recognises 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.