Haiti 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.
  • Haiti or officially the Republic of Haiti is a country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea
  • In Haiti, many Vodou holidays are also celebrated, but are not considered as national public holidays
  • Nearly 50% of Haitians profess to being Catholics while Protestants made up about 25% of the population
  • Vodou, a religion with African roots similar to those of Cuba and Brazil, originated during colonial times in which slaves were obliged to disguise their loa or spirits as Roman Catholic saints
  • Minority religions in Haiti include Islam, Bahá’í Faith, Judaism, and Buddhism
  • National holidays are regulated by the Labor Code of Haiti
  • Employees are entitled to pay day off on national public holidays, this strictly emphasize in labour code
  • If employee required to work on national holiday, they need to compensate with at least 1.5 time normal pay for all hours worked
  • Some religious holiday will have different date every year as they are observed base on lunar cycle
  • Haiti government may declare one-time national holidays in conjunction with election, bridging two holiday and so on, this usually no pay holiday

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunIndependence Day (Premier de l'a et Jour de l'Indépendance) - Commemorates the day in 1804 when Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared independence and restored the country's native name
2 JanMonFounders' Day / Ancestry Day (Jour des Aïeux) - Commemorates ancestors and other loved ones who have died fighting for freedom
28 FebTueCarnival (Carnaval) - Is a celebration held over several weeks each year leading up to Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is celebrations beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday
14 AprFriGood Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
1 MayMonLabor and Agricultural Day (Fête du Travail) - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
18 MayThursFlag and Universities' Day (Jour du Drapeau et de l'Université) - Celebrates its educational system and commemorates the creation of the flag at the 1803 Arcahaye Conference
15 JunThursCorpus Christi (Fête-Dieu) - Celebrating the belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist
15 AugTueAssumption Day - Celebrates the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death
17 OctTueDeath of Dessalines (Anniversaire de la mort de Dessalines) - Commemorates the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines. He was a leader of the Haitian Revolution and the first ruler of an independent Haiti under the 1805 constitution
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day - Celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown
2 NovThursAll Souls' Day (Jour des Morts) - Commemorates All Souls, the Holy Souls, or the Faithful Departed
18 NovSatBattle of Vertières Day (Vertières) - Commemorates the victory over the French in the Battle of Vertières in the year 1803
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Noël) - Celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonIndependence Day
2 JanTueFounders' Day
13 FebTueCarnival
30 MarFriGood Friday
1 MayTueLabor and Agricultural Day
18 MayFriFlag and University Day
31 MayThursCorpus Christi
15 AugWedAssumption Day
17 OctWedDeath of Dessalines
1 NovThursAll Saints' Day
2 NovFriAll Souls' Day
18 NovSunBattle of Vertieres
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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