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Greece

Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Please scroll below to see these lists of holidays. 

According to recently published international labor statistics, Greece is among a limited number of countries in the European Union that allows employees generous time off for holiday observances.

National holidays, also known as mandatory holidays are celebrated nationwide. In addition to designated National holidays, various public holidays are observed in local communities or municipalities.

Greek law mandates that every Sunday throughout the year is designated as a public holiday. As a deeply religious country, Greek employees are allowed to observe many Catholic and Orthodox holidays. Many Greek municipalities observe what is known as “Name Day” or “Liberation Day” in honor of a region’s designated patron saint. Greek employees are entitled to observe many Catholic and Orthodox religious holidays. Although not officially designated as National holidays, most employees are allowed time off for these observances.

National Holidays Observed in Greece

National holidays include New Year’s Day, Epiphany (observed on January 6), Clean Monday (on observed the first day of Lent, Annunciation (celebrated March 25), Good Friday; Independence Day, Easter, Easter Monday; Pentecost Monday; Assumption of the Holy Virgin, The Ochi Day, Christmas Day and the following day, known as Glorifying Mother of God.

There are a few holidays observed by employees in professional and managerial holidays, mostly associated with the academic field. During these observances, schools and universities are closed. Additional religious holidays include Ash Monday, Orthodox Good Friday, Orthodox Easter Monday, Holy Spirit Monday and Synaxis of the Mother of God.

Greece also allows employees time off for celebrations of the changing seasons including March Equinox, June Solstice, September Equinox and December Solstice. Although not recognized by all employers, most employees are granted request for leave with pay for these observances.

According to Greece’s Minister of Employment, if an employee is required to work on a public holiday, including a Sunday, compensation is usually based on regular salary plus 75 percent. Managerial and essential professional employees on an established salary are typically exempt from overtime compensation if they are required to work on a Sunday or mandatory holiday. This is subject to provisions of the employment contract and the discretion of the employer.

Greece is one of the few European countries to establish a work-life balance for all employees, both in the public and private sectors. Allowing employees to honor their respective religious beliefs and providing the opportunity to spend quality time with family increases workplace production and minimizes the use of sick time or personal leave.

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
6 JanWedEpiphany
14 MarMonOrthodox Ash Monday
25 MarFriIndependence Day
29 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
1 MaySunLabour Day
1 MaySunOrthodox Easter Sunday
2 MayMonOrthodox Easter Monday
3 MayTueLabour Day
(Replacement Day)
19 JunSunOrthodox Pentecost
20 JunMonOrthodox Whit Monday
15 AugMonAssumption Day
28 OctFriOchi Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMon2nd Day of Christmas

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriEpiphany
27 FebMonOrthodox Ash Monday
25 MarSatIndependence Day
14 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter Sunday
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
4 JunSunOrthodox Pentecost
5 JunMonOrthodox Whit Monday
15 AugTueAssumption Day
28 OctSatOchi Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas