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Hungary 2017 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Kormányzat Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium (Budapest)
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016


The Government of Hungary, upon the recommendation of the Hungarian National Economy Minister, has confirmed that there would be no expanded version of its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Hungary for the calendar year 2017, due to the fact that there are no "orphan" Hungarian public holidays on Tuesday or Thursday in the upcoming calendar year 2017.

In past years (2015-06-30, 2015-04-30, 2014-07-25, 2013-09-28, 2012-11-22, 2012-09-07, 2011-10-15, 2010-11-21, 2009-09-29, 2008-07-22, 2007-11-20, and 2006-09-12), the Government of Hungary, upon the recommendation of the Hungarian National Economy Minister, would announce a list of bridge, and other one-off, public holidays for the upcoming calendar year, along with the list of Saturdays that were to be regular working days, in compensation. These applied to both the private and public sectors ("E rendelet hatálya kiterjed minden munkáltatóra és az általuk foglalkoztatottakra").

However, and this is possibly the reason why this year's final announcement of the list of official non-working public holidays in Hungary for the calendar year 2017 was so late, speaking at the commemorative session of the Hungarian Reformed Church Synod recently, Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, announced that beginning in 2017, Good Friday would be a new annual non-working public holiday in Hungary, and this was confirmed by an official press release of the Prime Minister's page on the Government of Hungary website.

Recall that, after years of discussions on the matter (2015-06-22, 2015-10-24, 2010-04-08, 2007-02-07 and 2006-11-03), neighboring Czech Republic finally declared Good Friday as a new annual public holiday in the Czech Republic beginning in 2016 (2015-12-03).


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