Public Holidays in the Czech Republic in 2017: Less Working Days and 6 Long Weekends
2017 brings mere 250 working days and 6 long weekends.
Find here a complete list of Czech national holidays in 2017, spring holidays for children in regions of the Czech Republic, and basic information about remuneration of work during public holidays.
There are 12 bank holidays in the Czech Republic. The dates of the holidays are fixed, except for Good Friday and Easter Monday. The “sliding holiday” concept is not recognized in the Czech Republic, i.e. when a holiday falls on a Saturday/Sunday, the following Monday is a business day.
Only 3 public holidays match the weekends in 2017 – New Year, Independent Czechoslovak State Day (Oct 28), and Christmas Eve. This cuts the number of working days to 250 in 2017 (for example, we had 252 working days in 2016).
The best dates for vacation in 2017 are in the weeks beginning with Mondays of May 1st and 8th; or in the first week of July 2017 – only 3 days off your work schedule will make you a long holiday of a week plus two weekends.
You can start making plans for 4 free days in a row in April or at the Christmas time. In November and December 2017, there are two long weekends – one begins with the Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy (Nov 17) and the other is followed by New Year’s Monday of 2018.
Daylight saving time (Central European Summer Time or in Czech letní čas) starts on March 26, 2017 when at 02:00 AM clocks are turned forward 1 hour, and ends on October 29, 2017 at 03:00 AM when the clocks are turned backward.
Don’t forget the new law entered into force in fall 2016 and limits the sales during public holidays in the Czech Republic. All stores bigger than 200 m2 stay closed on New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Easter Monday (Apr 17), Liberation Day (May 8), St. Wenceslas Day (Sept 28), Independent Day (Oct 28), and Christmas (Dec 25 and 26).
Remuneration for Work on Public Holiday and Weekends
An employee is entitled to the regular wages and (paid) time off (one hour of work on a holiday = one hour of time off) for working on a public holiday, or when an employee and company agree, such employee receives an extra payment for work on a public holiday in the amount of at least his/her average earnings (100%).
According to the Czech Labor Code, an employer can request overtime work when there are serious operational reasons for it. A total scope of overtime work required by the employer may not exceed 8 hours per week and 150 hours in the calendar year. In excess of this scope, the employer is allowed to require further overtime work only with a consent of an employee. Learn more about rules and laws regarding overtime work in the Czech Republic.
Czech Public Holidays in 2017
|1-Jan||Sunday||New Year’s Day, Restoration of the Czech Independence Day||Czechoslovakia ceases to exist and a new, independent Czech state is established||Den obnovy samostatného českého státu; Nový rok|
|14-Apr||Friday||Good Friday||Friday before Easter Sunday||Velký pátek|
|17-Apr||Monday||Easter Monday||Monday after Easter Sunday||Velikonoční pondělí|
|1-May||Monday||Labor Day / 1st of May||International Labor Day; May 1st is also celebrated as a day of love in the Czech Republic||Svátek práce|
|8-May||Monday||Liberation Day||End of second world war||Den vítězství or Den osvobození|
|5-Jul||Wednesday||Saints Cyril and Methodius||Slavic missionaries Cyril arrive in Great Moravia bringing a new alphabet used to transcribe Old Church Slavonic||Den slovanských věrozvěstů Cyrila a Metoděje|
|6-Jul||Thursday||Jan Hus Day||Anniversary of martyrdom of Jan Hus||Den upálení mistra Jana Husa|
|28-Sep||Thursday||St. Wenceslas Day||St. Wenceslas Day (Czech Statehood Day)||Den české státnosti|
|28-Oct||Saturday||Independent Czechoslovak State Day||Czechoslovakia is established in 1918||Den vzniku samostatného československého státu|
|17-Nov||Friday||Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day||Commemoration of students’ protests in 1939 and 1989 leading to “Velvet Revolution”||Den boje za svobodu a demokracii|
|24-Dec||Sunday||Christmas Eve||Christmas Eve||Štědrý den|
|25-Dec||Monday||First Christmas Day||First Christmas Day||1. Svátek vánoční|
|26-Dec||Tuesday||St. Stephen’s Day, Second Christmas Day||St. Stephen’s Day, Second Christmas Day||2. Svátek vánoční|
Spring Holiday in Cities and Regions in the Czech Republic in 2017
|February 6 – 12, 2017||Praha 6 až 10, Cheb, Karlovy Vary, Sokolov, Nymburk, Jindřichův Hradec, Litoměřice, Děčín, Přerov, Frýdek-Místek|
|February 13 – 19, 2017||Kroměříž, Uherské Hradiště, Vsetín, Zlín, Praha-východ, Praha-západ, Mělník, Rakovník, Plzeň-město, Plzeň-sever, Plzeň-jih, Hradec Králové, Teplice, Nový Jičín|
|February 20 – 26, 2017||Česká Lípa, Jablonec nad Nisou, Liberec, Semily, Havlíčkův Brod, Jihlava, Pelhřimov, Třebíč, Žďár nad Sázavou, Kladno, Kolín, Kutná Hora, Písek, Náchod, Bruntál|
|February 27 – March 5, 2017||Mladá Boleslav, Příbram, Tábor, Prachatice, Strakonice, Ústí nad Labem, Chomutov, Most, Jičín, Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Olomouc, Šumperk, Opava, Jeseník|
|March 6 – 12, 2017||Benešov, Beroun, Rokycany, České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Klatovy, Trutnov, Pardubice, Chrudim, Svitavy, Ústí nad Orlicí, Ostrava-město, Prostějov|
|March 13 – 19, 2017||Praha 1 až 5, Blansko, Brno-město, Brno-venkov, Břeclav, Hodonín, Vyškov, Znojmo, Domažlice, Tachov, Louny, Karviná|