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Zimbabwe Public Holidays 2017

Today – 18 December 2017 – is not a holiday in Zimbabwe.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Zimbabwe. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatEaster Saturday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
18 AprTueIndependence Day
1 MayMonWorkers' Day
25 MayThuAfrica Day
14 AugMonHeroes' Day
15 AugTueDefense Forces Day
22 DecFriNational Unity Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

The Republic of Zimbabwe currently celebrates 10 national holidays. The Easter holiday is usually a four-day event. Under the laws of Zimbabwe, the president retains the right to declare national holidays, either singular or recurring, at the discretion of the office.

The Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act, Chapter 21 Section 10 of the Laws of Zimbabwe, declare that any day that is declared a National Holiday must be observed with closure of businesses and paid days off for the employees.

The President of Zimbabwe is known to declare special holidays each year, sometimes with little notification. Employers must comply with these declarations once they have been posted in the National Gazette.

Each year the Parliament of Zimbabwe publishes the national holidays for the following year at the end of December.

It should be noted that the government and most businesses throughout the country of Zimbabwe close their business starting on Christmas Day and do not reopen until after the New Year Holiday. This practice is common, but it is not required by law. Paid holidays only include the official dates during this period of time.

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