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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Approximately 90 percent of Romania’s population practices the Eastern Orthodox Christian religion. Therefore, many of the holidays in this country are based on religious doctrine and cultural observances.

According to Romania’s Labour Code, only eight official holidays are recognized throughout the year. In addition to public holidays, Romania also recognizes religious observances. These observances are not public holidays, and time off is discretionary according to an employment contract or trade union collective bargaining agreement. Some of the country’s observances include Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day, Orthodox Easter Sunday, Orthodox Pentecost, Orthodox Ascension Day, Flag Day, National Anthem Day and seasonal observances.

Holiday Compensation

In addition to the eight recognized public holidays, each Romanian employee is entitled to two additional days for observances of religious holidays. The additional days are typically regulated by employment contracts or trade union bargaining agreements. In the event an employee is required to work on a public holiday due to production quotas or the provision of essential services, these employees are compensated with additional time off during the 30 days after a public holiday. If an employee cannot take time off during the 30-day period, financial compensation of at least 100 percent of regular salary must be paid.

Romanian Labour Laws

According to Romania’s Labour Code, every employee is entitled to 20 working days as annual leave or vacation. Under the provisions of Romania’s collective employment contract, full-time employees are actually entitled to 21 days of paid leave, amounting to three weeks. Under Romanian law, non-working or national holidays are not included in the annual leave provisions. In the event that an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement is terminated for any reason, all accrued and unused vacation must be compensated immediately upon termination.

According to Title III of Romania’s Labour Code, full-time employees typically work eight hours per day, amounting to 40 hours per week. Most employers allow two consecutive days of rest after a five-day work week. The rest period is generally on weekends. Romanian employees are not permitted to work more than 45 hours per week including overtime without some sort of compensation arrangement. An essential employee who is required to work up to 12 hours per day is entitled to a consecutive rest period of 24 hours. Employees may be entitled to compensatory time off in lieu of overtime payment. The compensatory time must be used within 30 days. If this is not possible, the employee must be financially compensated, usually at a rate of not less than 75 percent of normal wages.

Overall, the Romanian Labour laws are designed to protect the rights of employees. The goals of the newly enacted laws are to retain loyal employees and reduce unemployment rates in the country.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Holiday
24 JanTueUnion of the Romanian Principalities
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter Sunday
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
1 JunThuChildren's Day
4 JunSunOrthodox Pentecost
5 JunMonOrthodox Whit Monday
15 AugTueAssumption Day
30 NovThuFeast of Saint Andrew
1 DecFriGreat Union Day / National Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas