Public holidays, in general, are important dates for a country, and in many cases are days without work for public and private sector workers. In most countries, these holidays have fixed dates, but some of them are mobile, depending on some factors such as the moon cycle or day in the week. In this selection are highlighted the 10 countries with the most public holidays in the world. This may all seem like a mess of terms as there is no universal rule of thumb to say how holidays should be managed. In Brazil, for example, we have 12 national holidays, but some states have their own municipal holidays. For this reason, we have tried to make a selection of holidays for countries that have more public holidays, only those government-mandated public holidays. Among them will surely be some of the most celebrated holidays in the world as well. The search for countries with more public holidays was based on the points raised by the World Atlas site , Human Resources, Gulf Business, Jakub Marian and Telegraph . Even though they all mention the same countries more or less, the numbers differed, so we checked all the countries mentioned individually to see what the actual numbers should be. If government information on public holidays was not accessible, the primary resource for the survey was Office Holidays . Source: carswers.com
10. JAPAN – 15 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
During the month of May there is a public holiday lasting 7 days, called Golden Week , including Showa Day, Memorial Day , Greenery Day , and Children’s Day . Children’s Day was proclaimed in 1948 dedicated to children and their happiness. On this day, parents and families pray for the young, and display samurai dolls that represent strength and success, with Japan standing 10th in this selection of the 10 countries with the most public holidays in the world.
9. ARGENTINA – 17 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The interesting holiday in Argentina is the 2-day holiday, Monday and Tuesday Carnival, before Ash Wednesday. Carnival is similar to Brazil, and Argentina is ninth in this selection of the 10 countries with the most public holidays in the world. Other holidays include religious holidays such as St. Martin’s Day, Immaculate Conception Day, and such as Veterans Day, National Flag Day, Independence Day, Day of Truth and Justice, in memory of those who disappeared in the 1976 military junta, etc.
8. HONG KONG – 17 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Hong Kong is one of the countries that have a large amount of public holidays in the world. The New Year is celebrated for 2 days in Hong Kong, and the Chinese New Year for 3 days. Ching Ming is an interesting holiday on the worship of ancestors.
7. INDIA – 17 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
It is amazing the number of holidays in India. By confirming the information of the Indian public holidays in the National Portal of India, only Gazette holidays were calculated, these holidays are obligatory in former British colonies. There are officially 17 of them in India today.
6. COLOMBIA – 18 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
In addition to public religious holidays, such as the Immaculate Conception Day and Mary’s Assumption Day, Colombia is also celebrating Independence Day, when it gained independence from Spain, and the Declaration of Independence, events that led to independence, and Labor Day.
5. PHILIPPINES – 19 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Philippine Independence Day was celebrated on July 4 until 1962, since it gained independence from the United States on this day in 1948, and was changed to June 12 since then, the date when the Philippines declared independence from Spain in 1898. Others public holidays include Labor Day, Passion Friday, Black Saturday, All Saints’ Day, etc.
4. LEBANON – 21 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
There are many holidays in Lebanon such as nationals, Christians and Muslims as well. So there is, for example, Christmas Day on December 25, and also Armenian Orthodox Christmas on January 6. They also celebrate Labor Day, Resistance and Liberation Day, Independence Day, among other holidays.
3. CHINA – 23 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
There are long public holidays in China called Golden Weeks (Golden Week). They occur twice a year, for Chinese New Year’s Day, and the days of Golden Week. In China, they also celebrate Duanwu, the Dragon Boat Festival which occurs every fifth day of the fifth moon.
2. THAILAND – 24 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
In Thailand there are public holidays lasting up to 4 days for New Year, and Thai New Year, or Songkran Festival. There is also Queen’s Birthday, which now falls on August 12, and Constitution Day as the national day that marks the adoption of the constitutional monarchy.
1. SRI LANKA – 25 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The fun fact about Sri Lanka is that every full moon is considered a public holiday, so many of these are full moon holidays, so Sri Lanka is the leader in this selection of the 10 countries with the most public holidays in the world. These holidays are related to Buddhism and lunar calendar, meaning they belong to a mobile group of public holidays. These days are called Poya days, and there are logically 12 of them a year. Other Sri Lankan public holidays include Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim Holidays, and National Holidays, Christmas Day, National Day, Good Friday, Idul Adha and a few others.