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Public Holidays 2017

Today – 26 May 2017 – is not a holiday in Syria.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Syria. 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 MaySatMartyrs' Day
25 Jun to 27 JunSun to TueEid al-Fitr Holiday
1 Sep to 4 SepFri to MonEid al-Adha Holiday
21 SepThuIslamic New Year
6 OctFriTishreen Liberation Day
30 NovThuProphet 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.