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Discover the international public holiday dates you’re looking for with us! Public Holidays Global seeks to provide accurate holiday information to help people across the world plan for their local festivities and make the most of their long weekends.

Please choose your country in the lists below to view public holiday dates for 2018, 2019 and future years. If you have any questions along the way, you can always get a quick answer by asking our team on Facebook.

Asia Pacific Europe
American Samoa Albania
Australia Andorra
Bangladesh Austria
Bhutan Belarus
Brunei Belgium
Cambodia Bosnia and Herzegovina
China Bulgaria
Christmas Island Croatia
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Cyprus
Cook Islands Czech Republic
Fiji Denmark
French Polynesia Estonia
Guam Faroe Islands
Hong Kong Finland
India France
Indonesia Germany
Japan Gibraltar
Kazakhstan Greece
Kiribati Greenland
Kyrgyzstan Hungary
Laos Iceland
Macau Ireland
Malaysia Isle of Man
Maldives Italy
Marshall Islands Jersey
Micronesia Kosovo
Mongolia Latvia
Myanmar (Burma) Liechtenstein
Nauru Lithuania
Nepal Luxembourg
New Caledonia Macedonia
New Zealand Malta
Niue Moldova
Norfolk Island Monaco
North Korea Montenegro
Northern Mariana Islands The Netherlands
Palau Norway
Papua New Guinea Poland
Philippines Portugal
Pitcairn Islands Romania
Samoa Russia
Singapore Serbia
Solomon Islands Slovakia
South Korea Slovenia
Sri Lanka Spain
Taiwan Svalbard
Tajikistan Sweden
Thailand Switzerland
Timor-Leste Ukraine
Tokelau United Kingdom
Tonga Vatican City
Wallis and Futuna
Americas Middle East
Argentina Afghanistan
Belize Armenia
Bolivia Azerbaijan
Brazil Bahrain
Canada Egypt
Chile Georgia
Costa Rica Iran
Colombia Iraq
Ecuador Israel
El Salvador Jordan
Guatemala Kuwait
Guyana Lebanon
Honduras Oman
Mexico Pakistan
Nicaragua Palestine
Panama Qatar
Paraguay Saudi Arabia
Peru Syria
Suriname Turkey
Uruguay United Arab Emirates (UAE)
United States Yemen
Africa Africa
Algeria Mali
Angola Mauritania
Benin Mauritius
Botswana Mayotte
Burkina Faso Morocco
Burundi Mozambique
Cameroon Namibia
Cape Verde Niger
Central African Republic Nigeria
Chad Republic of the Congo
Comoros Réunion
Côte d’Ivoire Rwanda
Dem. Rep. of the Congo Saint Helena
Djibouti São Tomé and Príncipe
Equatorial Guinea Senegal
Eritrea Seychelles
Ethiopia Sierra Leone
Gabon Somalia
Gambia South Africa
Ghana South Sudan
Guinea Sudan
Guinea-Bissau Swaziland
Kenya Tanzania
Lesotho Togo
Liberia Tunisia
Libya Uganda
Madagascar Western Sahara
Malawi Zambia
Anguilla Haiti
Antigua and Barbuda Jamaica
Aruba Martinique
Barbados Montserrat
Bermuda Puerto Rico
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Saint Barthélemy
British Virgin Islands Saint Kitts and Nevis
Cayman Islands Saint Lucia
Cuba Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Curaçao Sint Maarten
Dominica The Bahamas
Dominican Republic Trinidad and Tobago
Falkland Islands Turks and Caicos Islands
French Guiana US Virgin Islands

Public holidays are days off from work that are usually officially announced by national or state governments. These announcements can be made years or months in advance, or even only a few days before the holiday takes place. These days off provide citizens the time to prepare for the festivities, celebrations, commemorations and ceremonies associated with the holiday.

In every country, some public holidays are taken more seriously than others. Some are solemn, while others are almost purely an opportunity for travel, fun and family activities. Public holiday long weekends are some of the most anticipated opportunities for travel and relaxation, and many countries around the world deliberately schedule holidays on Fridays and Mondays to help citizens maximise their time off.

How do public holidays come into existence?

In many cases, public holidays are the formalisation of religious festivals and special days that have existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. These days are usually connected to the world’s main faiths: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, or to older pagan feasts that have been appropriated by one of these faiths.

However, not all public holidays are religious in origin. The industrial revolution of the 19th century gave rise to one of the most widely celebrated public holidays around the world – Labour Day, also known as May Day and International Workers Day.

The political and geo-political tumult of the 20th century, with two world wars and major decolonisation of Asia and Africa, also resulted in scores of political and cultural public holidays created to mark the end of war, the independence that countries successfully secured, and to celebrate the lives of individuals who were key to struggles for freedom.

Public holidays as a tool to create national identity

It’s important to understand that public holidays are tools used by governments, interest groups and marketers to achieve their own ends. And many times the desired goals are well-intentioned: to ensure that future generations remember the struggles of the past, to build a national culture and identity, to give continued visibility to the historically foremost religion of the country, or to foster a new ethic such as racial or gender equality.

However, many festivals have been significantly leveraged by product marketers around the world to create entire seasons of the year with obligated spending on non-essential items. Marketers have taken something true or wholesome from particular holidays, and twisted them to encourage greater consumption.

The future of public holidays

While governments, interest groups and marketers seek to control the cultural narrative of public holidays, it’s important that every individual recognises the power they have to evolve the narrative. The meaning of each public holiday is not set in stone – it is all those who celebrate the public holidays who have the power to give them meaning.