Turn-of-Year Holidays Observed Around the World for 2017-2018

By Anna Massoglia

More than 70 countries have designated Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to be paid holidays, and numerous countries also have designated different or additional dates around the end of 2017 or start of 2018 as paid holidays.

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

Employees in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Philippines, Slovakia, and Venezuela are entitled to a public holiday on Christmas Eve on Dec. 24. A number of other nations have designated Christmas Eve as a bank, government, regional, partial, or special holiday.

Monday, Dec. 25, 2017

More than 70 countries designated Dec. 25, 2017, a paid holiday.

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

Some countries have designated the following weekday, Dec. 26, to be a paid holiday for Boxing Day, a second day of Christmas, Saint Stephen’s Day, or another national holiday, including, but not limited to, Aruba, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., the U.S., and Zimbabwe. Some other nations have designated New Year’s Eve as a bank, government, regional, partial, or special holiday.

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Some countries, such as Bulgaria, have designated Dec. 27 to be a paid holiday as the Third Day of Christmas when Christmas Eve falls on a weekend, which is the case for 2017.

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Employees in Armenia, Cuba, El Salvador, Latvia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sweden, and Venezuela are entitled to a paid holiday on New Year’s Eve. Employees in Azerbaijan also are entitled to a paid holiday on Dec. 31 for World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day. Some other nations have designated Dec. 31 as a bank, government, regional, partial, or special holiday.

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

More than 70 countries designated Jan. 1, 2018, a paid holiday.

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

Some countries also have designated the weekday following New Year’s Day, Jan. 2, to be a paid holiday in addition to Jan. 1. Some countries regularly designate the second day of the year to be a paid holiday. Nations that have designated Jan. 2, to be a holiday in 2018 include, but are not limited to, Armenia, Australia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S.

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, to Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

Some countries designated the first two weekdays after New Year’s Day to be paid holidays in 2017, including, but not limited to, Armenia, New Zealand, and Thailand.

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Employees in Myanmar are entitled to a paid holiday on Jan. 4 for the country’s Independence Day.

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

Employees in Armenia are entitled to a paid holiday on Jan. 5 for Armenian Christmas Eve.

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

A number of countries and regions designate the Catholic holiday of Epiphany as a paid holiday, including, but not limited to, Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden.

Employees in Armenia are also entitled to a paid holiday on Jan. 6 for Armenian Christmas.

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

Countries with Eastern Orthodox or Coptic populations have designated Christmas to be a paid holiday on Jan. 7, including, but not limited to, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Poland, and Russia.

Employees in Cambodia are also entitled to a paid holiday on Jan. 7 for the country’s Victory Over Genocide Day.

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Because Epiphany and Coptic Christmas occur during a weekend in 2018, some countries and regions have designated the following Monday, Jan. 8, as a paid holiday, including, but not limited to, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. Some other countries have designated Jan. 8 as a bank, government, regional, or partial holiday in observation of Epiphany or Coptic Christmas while others have not yet released the official schedule of paid national holidays to be observed in 2018.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anna Massoglia in Washington at amassoglia@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editor on this story: Michael Baer in Washington at mbaer@bloombergtax.com

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