We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Please scroll below to see these lists of holidays.
The Republic of Poland is a Central European country that has a long and colourful history. Poland currently celebrates 13 national holidays each year. All holidays in Poland are considered paid non-working dates with two exceptions.
Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday (Pentecost) always fall on a Sunday and this is considered a day of rest in Poland. Only the employees who are actively scheduled to work on these days receive the day off with pay.
Polish holidays are regulated by the Non-working Days Act of 18 January 1951. This Act establishes the national holidays in the country and provides the government with the ability to establish one-time national holidays at their discretion. This Act also stipulates that any national holiday that falls on a Sunday during any given year must remain on that date. Paid holiday rates only apply to normal working days.
Polish labour laws require all employers to provide employees with a paid day off for all national holidays. Employees that are required to work on a national holiday based on their profession are guaranteed a paid day off in lieu of the holiday. Employment contracts cannot take away payment for national holidays or paid days off in lieu of a public holiday under this law.
Some of the holidays celebrated in Poland are based on the Christian faith. A few of these holidays will change in date each year because their celebration dates are based on the lunar cycle. The government of Poland requires that all employers acknowledge these holidays each year, regardless of their official celebration date. The Government will release the official dates for the following year at the end of each year.
Religious, Regional, and Cultural Holidays
Although a majority of the population of Poland practices the Christian faith, a portion of the population does practice other faiths. These religious beliefs have their own holidays and celebrations. The government of Poland acknowledges that these holidays occur, but does not recognise them as national holidays.
Poland is divided into 17 regions. Each of these regions has celebrations and holidays that they enjoy. These celebrations are not recognised nationally and employers are not required to provide special days off or pay to their employees for these days.
Public Holidays 2016
Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Fri New Year's Day
6 Jan Wed Epiphany
27 Mar Sun Easter Sunday
28 Mar Mon Easter Monday
1 May Sun State Holiday
3 May Tue Constitution Day
15 May Sun Pentecost Sunday
26 May Thu Corpus Christi
15 Aug Mon Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 Nov Tue All Saints' Day
11 Nov Fri Independence Day
25 Dec Sun Christmas Day
26 Dec Mon 2nd Day of Christmas
Public Holidays 2017
Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Sun New Year's Day
6 Jan Fri Epiphany
16 Apr Sun Easter Sunday
17 Apr Mon Easter Monday
1 May Mon State Holiday
3 May Wed Constitution Day
4 Jun Sun Pentecost Sunday
15 Jun Thu Corpus Christi
15 Aug Tue Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 Nov Wed All Saints' Day
11 Nov Sat Independence Day
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day
26 Dec Tue 2nd Day of Christmas