Public holidays in Greece

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According to Greek Law every Sunday of the year is a public holiday. In addition, there are four obligatory, official public holidays: March 25, Easter Monday, August 15 and December 25. Two more days, May 1 and October 28, are regulated by law as optional but it is customary for employees to be given the day off. There are, however, more public holidays celebrated in Greece than are announced by the Ministry of Labour each year as either obligatory or optional. The list of these non-fixed National Holidays rarely changes and has not changed in recent decades, giving a total of twelve National Holidays each year.

A public holiday that occurs on a Sunday is not transferred to another date, with the exception of May 1, which is regarded by the locals more as a General strike than a Public Holiday.

In addition to the National Holidays, there are Public Holidays that are not celebrated nationwide, but only by a specific professional group or a local community. For example many municipalities have a patron Saint also called 'Name Day' or a Liberation Day, and at this day is customary for schools to have a day off.

National holidays

1 January
New Year's Day
Protochroniá  Πρωτοχρονιά
Also celebrated ecclesiastically as the feast of St. Basil the Great and of the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ|Circumcision of Christ.
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 6 January
Epiphany holiday Epiphany or Theophany
 moveable feast moveable small Easter it is 48 days in tell the Next 14 March 2016
Clean Monday or Shrove Monday
Kathará Devtéra 
Καθαρά Δευτέρα
The first day of Lent.

rowspan="2"  25 March
Evangelismós tis Theotókoo
Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου
 Celebration of the Annunciation – when the Incarnation of Logos was announced to the Virgin Mary. 
rowspan="2" | [1]
Independence Day
Eikostí-pémti Martíoo  
(lit. 25th March)| Εικοστή Πέμπτη Μαρτιου Anniversary of the declaration of the start of Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, in 1821. valign="top" moveable
Easter – 2 days
Next: 29 April 2016 [Good Friday]] Megáli Paraskeví Μεγάλη Παρασκευή

| | [2] |- valign="top" | moveable | Easter | Kiriakí too Páscha | Κυριακή του Πάσχα | Next: 1 May 2016 | [3] |- valign="top" | moveable
Easter + 1 day
Next: 2 May 2016 | Easter Monday | Devtéra too Páscha | Δευτέρα του Πάσχα | | [1] |- valign="top" | 1 May | Labour Day | Ergatikí Protomagiá
(lit. 1st May of the Workers) | Εργατική Πρωτομαγιά | | [4][5] |- valign="top" | moveable
Easter + 49 days | Pentecost or Whit Sunday | Pentikostí
(lit. 50th day) | Πεντηκοστή | Next: 19 June 2016 | [3] |- valign="top" | moveable
Easter + 50 days
Next: 20 June 2016 | Pentecost Monday or Whit Monday | Devtéra Pentikostís
(lit. Pentecost Monday) or Agíoo Pnévmatos
(lit. Of the Holy Spirit) | Δευτέρα Πεντηκοστής or Αγίου Πνεύματος | Monday of the Holy Spirit or Pentecost Monday. | [2] |- valign="top" | 15 August | Assumption or Dormition of the Holy Virgin | Kímisi tis Theotókoo | Η Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου | The most important celebration of the Virgin Mary. | [1] |- valign="top" | 28 October | Ochi Day | 'To Ochi' or 'Imera too Ochi"
(lit. Day of the "No") | Το Όχι or Ημέρα του Όχι | Celebration of the Greek refusal to the Italian ultimatum of 1940. | [4] |- valign="top" | 25 December | Christmas | Christoóyenna | Χριστούγεννα | | [1] |- valign="top" | 26 December | Glorifying Mother of God | Sínaxis Hyperagías Theotókoo Marías | Σύναξις Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου Μαρίας | The religious meaning of the holiday is a coming together to glorify the Theotokos, but in general and in effect the day is considered a holiday because it's the day after Christmas just like Boxing Day in some Commonwealth countries. | [2] |}

  1. ^ a b c d Obligatory, fixed by law
  2. ^ a b c Customary, regulated by the Ministry
  3. ^ a b Note that Easter Sunday and Pentecost, are not official holidays as they always occur on a Sunday
  4. ^ a b Optional, regulated by law
  5. ^ Regarded as a General Strike, can be transferred to another date.

Profession-specific holidays[edit]

Profession Specific Holidays
Date English Name Greek Name (transliterated) Greek Name Applies to Remarks
January 30 The Three Holy Hierarchs Trion Ierarchon Τριών Ιεραρχών Education Commemoration of the patron saints of education (St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom)
November 17 Polytechnio Polytechnio Πολυτεχνείο Education Anniversary of the 1973 students protests against the junta of the colonels (1967–1974).


External links[edit]

  • List of the various days envisaged as non-working days pursuant to Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 1182/71 of June 3, 1971 [2]