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Poland

Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
6 JanWedEpiphany
27 MarSunEaster Sunday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
1 MaySunState Holiday
3 MayTueConstitution Day
15 MaySunPentecost Sunday
26 MayThuCorpus Christi
15 AugMonAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 NovTueAll Saints' Day
11 NovFriIndependence Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMon2nd Day of Christmas

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriEpiphany
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonState Holiday
3 MayWedConstitution Day
4 JunSunPentecost Sunday
15 JunThuCorpus Christi
15 AugTueAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
11 NovSatIndependence Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas