Cabinet approves 22 public holidays in 2017

Dhaka,  Sun,  04 December 2016
Published : 24 Nov 2016, 18:26:33

Cabinet approves 22 public holidays in 2017

The cabinet on Thursday approved the list of public holidays in 2017.

As per approval, there will be 22 public holidays in the coming year, 10 of which fall on weekends.

The cabinet, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, approved the list of holidays, reports bdnews24.com. 

Of the 22 days, 14 will be general holidays and the other eight are cleared by executive order, Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting. 

Ten of these holidays will fall on Fridays and Saturdays.

The 14 general holidays are composed of Jatiya Dibash and various religious festivals. Six of these days will fall on the weekend next year.

The days cleared by executive order include the Bangla New Year and several important religious occasions. In 2017, four of these days will fall on the weekend.

Alam said that another three days of optional leave had been approved for members of different religious communities to observe their own festivals.

“Government employees of ethnic origin in the Chittagong Hill Tracts can opt for two days additional leave along with the Bangla New Year Holiday. One of these days falls on the weekend,” he added.

This year also had 22 public holidays. Four of those fell on the weekend.

The government had come to a decision on the public holidays after consulting Bangla Academy, the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Weather Department, said the cabinet secretary. - IH
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