The Ministry of Labor has announced the schedule for holidays in the Dominican Republic in 2008. Next year there will be six long weekends. Law 139-97 establishes that holidays falling on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will be celebrated on the following Monday, with the exception of certain dates. For the Ministry calendar, see http://www.set.gov.do/legislacion/dias_feriados.asp
Official holidays 2008
The following holidays are being celebrated on the closest Monday to the actual date:
- Tuesday, 1 January: New Yearís Day.
- Monday, 21 January: Our Lady of Altagracia Day.
- Saturday, 26 January: Duarte Day.
- Wednesday, 27 February: Independence Day.
- Friday, 16 May: Presidential Election Day.
- Saturday, 16 August: Restoration Day.
- Wednesday, 24 September: Our Lady of Mercedes Day.
- Thursday, 25 December: Christmas Day.
Rotating days as per the Roman Catholic Church calendar:
- Thursday, 1 May: Labor Day. To be celebrated on Monday, 5 May.
- Thursday, 6 November: Constitution Day. To be celebrated on Monday, 10 November.
Not a holiday, but observed by many:
- Friday, 21 March: Good Friday.
- Thursday, 22 May: Corpus Christi Day.
Note that December is for Dominicans, what August is for Europeans. Do not expect to get anything major done in December unless it is in the entertainment area. Too many parties going on.
- 19 and 20 March. Wednesday afternoon and Thursday before Good Friday that falls on 21 March.
- 25-26 April. National Secretary Day. Since this year it falls on a Saturday, it is likely to be celebrated on the previous Friday, 25 April.
- Sunday, 25 May. Motherís Day. Last Sunday in May.
- Sunday, 27 July. Fatherís Day. Last Sunday in July.
- Wednesday, 24 December. Christmas Eve Day.
- Wednesday, 31 December. New Yearís Eve.
Long weekends in 2008 (with Mondayís falling on a holiday):
- Friday, 28 December 2007 through Tuesday, 1 January 2008: New Yearís Eve long weekend.
- Friday, 18 January through Monday, 21 January. Our Lady of Altagracia long weekend. Wednesday, 19 March through Sunday, 23 March. Easter long weekend. School is out from Monday, 17 March.
- Friday, 3 May through Monday, 5 May. Labor Day long weekend.
- Friday, 16 May through Sunday, 18 May. Presidential Election Day long weekend.
- Thursday, 22 May through Sunday, 25 May. Corpus Christi Day long weekend. Friday is a working day, but many schools will give it off turning it into a long weekend.
- Wednesday, 24 December through Sunday, 28 December. Christmas long weekend.
- Wednesday, 31 December 2008 through Thursday, 1 January 2009. New Year long weekend.