According to Greek Law every Sunday of the year is a public holiday. In addition, there are four obligatory, official public holidays: March 25, Easter Monday, August 15 and December 25. Two more days, May 1 and October 28, are regulated by law as optional but it is customary for employees to be given the day off. There are, however, more public holidays celebrated in Greece than are announced by the Ministry of Labour each year as either obligatory or optional. The list of these non-fixed National Holidays rarely changes and has not changed in recent decades, giving a total of twelve National Holidays each year.
A public holiday that occurs on a Sunday is not transferred to another date, with the exception of May 1, which is regarded by the locals more as a General strike than a Public Holiday.
In addition to the National Holidays, there are Public Holidays that are not celebrated nationwide, but only by a specific professional group or a local community. For example, many municipalities have a patron Saint also called 'Name Day' or a Liberation Day, and at this day is customary for schools to have a day off.
|Date||English Name||Greek Name (transliterated/transcribed)||Greek Name||Remarks|
|1 January||New Year's Day||Protochroniá||Πρωτοχρονιά||Also celebrated ecclesiastically as the feast of St. Basil the Great and of the Circumcision of Christ.|||
Easter – 48 days
Next: 2 March 2020
|Clean Monday||Kathará Deftéra||Καθαρά Δευτέρα||The first day of Lent.|
|25 March||Independence Day||Ikostí-pémpti Martíou
(lit. 25 March)
|Εικοστή Πέμπτη Μαρτίου||Anniversary of the declaration of the start of Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, in 1821.|
Easter – 2 days
Next: 17 April 2020
|Good Friday||Megáli Paraskeví||Μεγάλη Παρασκευή|||
Easter + 1 day
Next: 20 April 2020
|Easter Monday||Deftéra tou Páscha||Δευτέρα του Πάσχα|||
|1 May||Labour Day||Ergatikí Protomagiá
(lit. 1 May of the Workers)
Easter + 50 days
Next: 8 June 2020
|Whit Monday||Deftéra Pentikostís
(lit. Pentecost Monday) or Agíou Pnévmatos
(lit. Of the Holy Spirit)
|Δευτέρα Πεντηκοστής or Αγίου Πνεύματος||Monday of the Holy Spirit or Pentecost Monday.|||
|15 August||Assumption or Dormition of the Holy Virgin||Kímisi tis Theotókou||Κοίμηση της Θεοτόκου||The most important celebration of the Virgin Mary.|||
|28 October||Ochi Day||'To Ochi' or 'Imera tou Ochi'
(lit. Day of the "No")
|Το Όχι or Ημέρα του Όχι||Celebration of the Greek refusal to the Italian ultimatum of 1940.|||
|26 December||Glorifying Mother of God||Sínaxis Yperagías Theotókou Marías||Σύναξις Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου Μαρίας||The religious meaning of the holiday is a coming together to glorify the Theotokos, but in general and in effect the day is considered a holiday because it's the day after Christmas just like Boxing Day in some Commonwealth countries.|||
|Date||English Name||Greek Name (transliterated)||Greek Name||Applies to||Remarks|
|January 30||The Three Holy Hierarchs||Trion Ierarchon||Τριών Ιεραρχών||Education||Commemoration of the patron saints of education (St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom)|
|November 17||Polytechnio||Polytechnio||Πολυτεχνείο||Education||Anniversary of the 1973 students protests against the junta of the colonels (1967–1974).|