With so many holidays falling on Saturday or Sunday last year, 2016 wasn’t great for long weekends; despite the addition to the calendar of an extra holiday (Good Friday was adopted as an official holiday in 2016) we officially had two fewer days off.
Not so in 2017 which is shaping up to be much more generous with free days with only 250 working days and six long weekends on the calendar.
Only three of the thirteen public holidays fall on a weekend this year: New Year’s Day (Sunday, January 1), Day of the Independent Czechoslovak State (Saturday Oct 28), and Christmas Day (Sunday, December 24).
May will prove an ideal time for planning a holiday as both May 1 and May 8 fall on a Monday; if you want to vacation during the first week of July you will only need to take three days off with the July 5 Day of St. Cyril and St. Methodius falling on Wednesday and the July 6 Day of Jan Hus on Thursday.
The holiday ban on sales will carry on in 2017 with New Year, Easter Monday, May 8, September 28, October 28, and December 25 and 26 seeing the closing of shops with an area more than 200 square meters.
Full list of public holidays in 2017:
Friday, April 14: Good Friday
Monday, April 17: Easter Monday
Monday, May 1: Labor Day
Monday, May 8: Liberation Day
Wednesday, July 5: St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day
Thursday, July 6: Jan Hus Day
Thursday, September 28: St. Wenceslas/Czech Statehood Day
Saturday, October 28: Day of the Independent Czechoslovak State
Friday, November 17: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve
Monday, December 25: First Day of Christmas
Tuesday, December 26: Second Day of Christmas
Monday, January 1, 2018: New Year’s Day/Czech Independence Day