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
Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Fri New Year's Day
6 Jan Wed Epiphany
14 Mar Mon Orthodox Ash Monday
25 Mar Fri Independence Day
29 Apr Fri Orthodox Good Friday
1 May Sun Labour Day
1 May Sun Orthodox Easter Sunday
2 May Mon Orthodox Easter Monday
3 May Tue Labour Day
19 Jun Sun Orthodox Pentecost
20 Jun Mon Orthodox Whit Monday
15 Aug Mon Assumption Day
28 Oct Fri Ochi Day
25 Dec Sun Christmas Day
26 Dec Mon 2nd Day of Christmas
Public Holidays 2017
Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Sun New Year's Day
6 Jan Fri Epiphany
27 Feb Mon Orthodox Ash Monday
25 Mar Sat Independence Day
14 Apr Fri Orthodox Good Friday
16 Apr Sun Orthodox Easter Sunday
17 Apr Mon Orthodox Easter Monday
1 May Mon Labour Day
4 Jun Sun Orthodox Pentecost
5 Jun Mon Orthodox Whit Monday
15 Aug Tue Assumption Day
28 Oct Sat Ochi Day
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day
26 Dec Tue 2nd Day of Christmas