Commonly Observed National and Religious Holidays 2017


To see the 2018 version of this article, click here.

As I remind everyone each year: if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to update your project schedules with non-working days for 2017. Below is a list of commonly observed national and religious holidays, and the dates they are commonly observed. Naturally, you’ll need to confirm which holidays apply to your project team.

And here are instructions for updating the working calendar in MS Project.

Holiday Weekday Celebrated
New Year’s Day Sunday 1/1/2017
Martin Luther King’s Birthday (US) Monday 1/16/2017
Republic Day (India) Thursday 1/26/2017
Chinese / Vietnamese New Year Saturday 1/28/2017
President’s Day (US) Monday 2/20/2017
Ash Wednesday Wednesday 3/1/2017
Holi (India) Monday 3/13/2017
Beginning of Passover Tuesday 4/11/2017
Good Friday Friday 4/14/2017
Easter Monday (UK) Monday 4/17/2017
May Day (China: Labor Day) Monday 5/1/2017
Early May Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 5/1/2017
Victoria Day (Canada) Monday 5/22/2017
First day of Ramadan Saturday 5/27/2017
Spring Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 5/29/2017
Memorial Day (US) Monday 5/29/2017
Shauvot Wednesday 5/31/2017
Eid al-Fitr Monday 6/26/2017
Canada Day Saturday 7/1/2017
Independence Day (US) Tuesday 7/4/2017
Pioneer Day (Utah, US) Monday 7/24/2017
Independence Day (India) Tuesday 8/15/2017
Summer Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 8/28/2017
Eid al-Adha / Festival of Sacrifice Saturday 9/2/2017
Labor Day (US and Canada) Monday 9/4/2017
Rosh Hashanah Thursday 9/21/2017
Yom Kippur Saturday 9/30/2017
Dussehra (India) Saturday 9/30/2017
National Day (China) Sunday 10/1/2017
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (India) Monday 10/2/2017
Sukkot Thursday 10/5/2017
Columbus Day (US) Monday 10/9/2017
Thanksgiving (Canada) Monday 10/9/2017
Diwali (India) Wednesday 10/18/2017
Veteran’s Day (US) / Remembrance Day (Canada) Saturday 11/11/2017
Thanksgiving Day (US) Thursday 11/23/2017
Day after Thanksgiving (US) Friday 11/24/2017
First day of Chanukah Wednesday 12/13/2017
Christmas Eve Sunday 12/24/2017
Christmas Day Monday 12/25/2017
Boxing Day (UK, Canada) Tuesday 12/26/2017
Kwanzaa Tuesday 12/26/2017
New Year’s Eve Sunday 12/31/2017


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Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.

6 thoughts on “Commonly Observed National and Religious Holidays 2017

  1. Thank you so much for this! I’ve overlooked a few holidays on my teams calendar. By the way, Holi (March 13) isn’t listed. That’s pretty big holiday in India.

    Thanks again!

  2. Hi Senita,

    Thanks for the input – I’ve added Holi to the list, and I’ll be sure to include it in future years. If you think others should be included, let me know.

  3. Pioneer day in Utah (US) is July 24. Apparently it’s a major state holiday, very few people work.

  4. It’s my goal to take off for every one of these days next year. It’s important to have big aspirations.

  5. It’s good to have goals, John. And as Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet pointed out, it’s always five o’clock somewhere. Salud!

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