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 YearIndependent 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

DateWeekdayHoliday NameDescriptionCzech
1-JanSundayNew Year’s Day, Restoration of the Czech Independence DayCzechoslovakia ceases to exist and a new,  independent Czech state is establishedDen obnovy samostatného českého státu; Nový rok
14-AprFridayGood FridayFriday before Easter SundayVelký pátek
17-AprMondayEaster MondayMonday after Easter SundayVelikonoční pondělí
1-MayMondayLabor Day / 1st of MayInternational Labor Day; May 1st is also celebrated as a day of love in the Czech RepublicSvátek práce
8-MayMondayLiberation DayEnd of second world warDen vítězství or Den osvobození
5-JulWednesdaySaints Cyril and MethodiusSlavic missionaries Cyril arrive in Great Moravia bringing a new alphabet used to transcribe Old Church SlavonicDen slovanských věrozvěstů Cyrila a Metoděje
6-JulThursdayJan Hus DayAnniversary of martyrdom of Jan HusDen upálení mistra Jana Husa
28-SepThursdaySt. Wenceslas DaySt. Wenceslas Day (Czech Statehood Day)Den české státnosti
28-OctSaturdayIndependent Czechoslovak State DayCzechoslovakia is established in 1918Den vzniku samostatného československého státu
17-NovFridayStruggle for Freedom and Democracy DayCommemoration of students’ protests in 1939 and 1989 leading to “Velvet Revolution”Den boje za svobodu a demokracii
24-DecSundayChristmas EveChristmas EveŠtědrý den
25-DecMondayFirst Christmas DayFirst Christmas Day1. Svátek vánoční
26-DecTuesdaySt. Stephen’s Day, Second Christmas DaySt. Stephen’s Day, Second Christmas Day2. Svátek vánoční

Spring Holiday in Cities and Regions in the Czech Republic in 2017

February 6 – 12, 2017Praha 6 až 10, Cheb, Karlovy Vary, Sokolov, Nymburk, Jindřichův Hradec, Litoměřice, Děčín, Přerov, Frýdek-Místek
February 13 – 19, 2017Kroměříž, Uherské Hradiště, Vsetín, Zlín, Praha-východ, Praha-západ, Mělník, Rakovník, Plzeň-město, Plzeň-sever, Plzeň-jih, Hradec Králové, Teplice, Nový Jičín
February 20 – 26, 2017Česká 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, 2017Mladá Boleslav, Příbram, Tábor, Prachatice, Strakonice, Ústí nad Labem, Chomutov, Most, Jičín, Rychnov nad Kněžnou, Olomouc, Šumperk, Opava, Jeseník
March 6 – 12, 2017Benešov, Beroun, Rokycany, České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Klatovy, Trutnov, Pardubice, Chrudim, Svitavy, Ústí nad Orlicí, Ostrava-město, Prostějov
March 13 – 19, 2017Praha 1 až 5, Blansko, Brno-město, Brno-venkov, Břeclav, Hodonín, Vyškov, Znojmo, Domažlice, Tachov, Louny, Karviná
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Sources:
Czech National Bank, 2016. Bank holidays in the Czech Republic at: https://www.cnb.cz/en/public/media_service/schedules/media_svatky.html.
Idnes.cz, 2016: Kalendář roku 2017: Méně pracovních dnů a šest prodloužených víkendů at http://zpravy.idnes.cz/kalendar-rok-2017-svatky-jarni-prazdniny-skolni-rok-oteviraci-doba-zatmeni-letni-cas-volno-gbz-/domaci.aspx?c=A161130_132424_domaci_mav.
Officeholidays, 2016: Public Holidays in Czech Republic in 2017 at: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/czech_republic/2017.php.
Timeanddate.com, 2016: Holidays in Czech Republic in 2017 at: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/czech/2017.

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