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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Colombia is a country located in the northern portion of South America. Colombia currently celebrates 18 national holidays each year. Many of the holidays celebrated in Colombia are religious holidays. These holidays may change in date each year because their celebrations are calculated on the lunar cycle.

There are many laws governing national holidays in Colombia. At this time, there is not a specific law or decree defining national holidays. Most holidays are established as part of a national decree and then honoured from that point forward. Emiliani’s Law (Enacted December 6, 1983 as Law 51) requires that most holidays are moved to the following Monday so that work weeks are not interrupted. However, holiday dates associated with Easter, Independence Day, the Immaculate Conception and Christmas are never changed.

Labour laws in Colombia require that all employers provide employees a day off from work for all national holidays. These laws do not state whether or not it is mandatory for employees to be paid for national holidays. In many cases, however, employment contracts provide employees with payment for days off that occur due to a national holiday.

Some of the religious holidays that occur in Colombia will change in date each year because they are celebrated on dates based on the lunar cycle. The government of Colombia requires all employers to acknowledge these dates each year, regardless of when they occur.

The government of Colombia has been known to declare partial holidays or extra days off for civil servants. The last such event occurred when the national soccer team was in the play-offs. The government provided a half-day national holiday so everyone could watch the game.

It should be noted that almost everyone takes the entire week off from work during Easter week. While only four of two of these days are considered national holidays and two are on the weekend, it has become traditional for businesses to close for the entire week.

Cultural and Provincial Holidays

A portion of the Colombian population still remains in tribal settings and celebrates holidays and special events that are based on their location, language, or culture. Many of these celebrations are based on religious beliefs that are tied to the South American continent. The government of Colombia acknowledges these celebrations but does not recognise them as national holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
9 JanMonFeast of Epiphany Holiday
20 MarMonSaint Joseph's Day
13 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
1 MayMonLabor Day
29 MayMonAscension Day Holiday
19 JunMonCorpus Christi Holiday
26 JunMonSacred Heart Day
3 JulMonFeast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
20 JulThuIndependence Day
7 AugMonBattle of Boyacá Day
21 AugMonAssumption of Mary Holiday
16 OctMonColumbus Day Holiday
6 NovMonAll Saints' Day Holiday
13 NovMonIndependence of Cartagena Holiday
8 DecFriFeast of the Immaculate Conception
25 DecMonChristmas Day