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Public Holidays 2017

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

Uganda is a land locked east African nation that has a very diverse culture and many different national holidays. Since its establishment as an independent country in 1962, Uganda has created many national holidays. Holidays are established by the president and the president reserves the right to add or change any of these dates.

Many of the holidays celebrated in Uganda are based on religious holidays. These holidays are often base on the lunar cycle or the calendar observed by the specific religion of a particular holiday . The government requires that all employers acknowledge these holidays each year because they are official holidays, regardless of the days that they fall on.

All employers are required to give employees a full day off with pay on any nationally declared holiday. If the employee is required to work due to the nature of their job, the employer must pay them for work that day and an equal amount for holiday pay or provide the employee with a different paid day off in lieu of the holiday.

All election days are considered national holidays in Uganda and occur on different days and in different years. Election day holidays are announced in the beginning of the year. If a special election must be held, an announcement will be made at least a week in advance.

Regional, Linguistic, Cultural and Professional Holidays

Uganda has a very diverse culture and there are many indigenous tribes that call this country home. Many of these tribes still practice religious beliefs that are associated with the continent. These holidays are recognised by the government of Uganda, but are not officially acknowledged as public holidays.

In addition to these culturally based holidays, there are many special holidays that are religious based and based on linguistics. Again, the government acknowledges these holidays but does not require employers to recognise them as official holidays.

The banks and other professions in Uganda may call special holidays where they are closed. While these professions retain this ability, it is very rare for any of these professions to actually close on a non-national holiday.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
26 JanThuNRM Liberation Day
16 FebThuArchbishop Janani Luwum Day
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
3 JunSatMartyrs' Day
9 JunFriNational Heroes' Day
25 JunSunEid al-Fitr / End of Ramadhan *
1 SepFriEid al-Aduha *
9 OctMonIndependence Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

* Subject to changes.