Greece Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

– Greece or officially the Hellenic Republic is a country in southeastern Europe, with a population of approximately 11 million as of 2015
– The Greek Constitution recognizes Eastern Orthodoxy as the “prevailing” faith of the country, while guaranteeing freedom of religious belief for all
– National holiday also known as Mandatory holidays in Greece, which is celebrated nationwide
– Besides designated National Holidays, there are several holidays observed in local communities or municipalities especially for patron saint
– Most employees are allow to observed Catholic and Orthodox religious holidays with time off for these observances
– According to Greek Law, every Sunday throughout the year is a Public Holiday
– A public holiday that occurs on a Sunday is not transferred to another date
– If an employee is required to work on public holiday or Sunday, they are entitle for premium pay which is regular salary + 75% of regular salary
– Changing season time off for employees is common practice in Greece, this including March Equinox, June Solstice, September Equinox and December Solstice


1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Protochroniá) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
6 JanFriEpiphany (Theophánia) - Commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men
27 FebMonClean Monday (Kathará Deftéra) - Orthodox Shrove Monday. Is the first day of Great Lent throughout Eastern Christianity. Movable
25 MarSatIndependence Day (Ikostí-pémpti Martíou) - Anniversary of the declaration of the start of Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, in 1821
14 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday (Megáli Paraskeví) - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday (Deftéra tou Páscha) - Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
1 MayMonLabour Day (Ergatikí Protomagiá) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
5 JunMonHoly Spirit Monday / Orthodox Pentecost Monday (Deftéra Pentikostís) - Is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost
15 AugTueAssumption Day (The Falling Asleep of the Virgin) - The most important celebration of the Virgin Mary
28 OctSatThe Ochi Day (National Anniversary of Greek Independence) - Celebration of the Greek refusal to the Italian ultimatum of 1940
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Christoúyenna) - Celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueGlorifying Mother of God - The religious meaning of the holiday is a coming together to glorify the Theotokos

1 JanWedNew Year's Day
6 JanMonEpiphany
3 MarMonAsh Monday
25 MarTueIndependence Day
18 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
21 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayThursLabour Day
9 JunMonHoly Spirit Monday
15 AugFriAssumption Day
28 OctTueThe Ochi Day
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriSynaxis of the Mother of God

1 JanThursNew Year's Day
6 JanTueEpiphany
23 FebMonAsh Monday
25 MarWedIndependence Day
10 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
13 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayFriLabour Day
1 JunMonHoly Spirit Monday
15 AugSatAssumption Day
28 OctWedThe Ochi Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatSynaxis of the Mother of God

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
6 JanWedEpiphany
8 FebMonAsh Monday
25 MarFriIndependence Day
29 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
1 MaySunLabour Day
2 MayMonOrthodox Easter Monday
20 JunMonHoly Spirit Monday
15 AugMonAssumption Day
28 OctFriThe Ochi Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonSynaxis of the Mother of God

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
6 JanSatEpiphany
19 FebMonClean Monday (Orthodox Shrove Monday. Movable)
25 MarSunIndependence Day (25th March Day)
6 AprFriOrthodox Good Friday
9 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayTueLabour Day
28 MayMonHoly Spirit Monday (Orthodox Pentecost Monday)
15 AugWedAssumption Day (The Falling Asleep of the Virgin)
28 OctSunThe Ochi Day (National Anniversary of Greek Independence)
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedSynaxis of the Mother of God

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