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Tanzania Public Holidays

Discover upcoming public holiday dates for Tanzania and start planning to make the most of your time off.

All holidays are governed under the Public Holidays Act – Laws of Tanzania, Section 2 Chapter 35, of 1966. All nationally recognised holidays are listed in this Act. However, Parliament does reserve the right to declare a national holiday Ad Hoc, if it sees fit. If Parliament calls for a national holiday, this holiday is celebrated only once that year. Employers are required to comply with their request.

Under the Labor Code of Tanzania, employers are required to give a paid day off to employees on a nationally recognised holiday. If for safety reasons a business must be manned at all times, the employee must receive a different paid day off in lieu of the holiday. Under new laws issued in 1994, employers are no longer required to give holiday pay for holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday.

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