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Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Trinidad and Tobago Public Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon New Year's Day Holiday
Feb.    Mon Carnival Monday / J'ouvert (widespread but not official) Other
        Tue Carnival Tuesday (widespread but not official) Other
Mar.    Thu Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Mon Easter Monday
May  30 Tue Arrival Day
June 15 Thu Corpus Christi Day
     19 Mon Labour Day
     26 Mon Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Aug.  1 Tue Emancipation Day
     31 Thu Independence Day
Sep. 24 Sun Republic Day
     25 Mon Republic Day Holiday
Oct. 13 Fri First Peoples Day
     18 Wed Diwali
Dec. 25 Mon Christmas Day
     26 Tue Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

29 Dec 2016 Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has released its official list of Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and of non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago for the calendar year 2017.  20 Nov 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Year-End 2016-2017 Public Holidays Confirmed (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed the dates of the upcoming year-end 2016-2017 non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago in line with its previously-released official list of Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and of non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago for the calendar year 2016.  30 Oct 2016 Trinidad and Tobago To Declare Carib Public Holiday Next Year (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, has announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago will be given a one-off national non-working public holiday, in 2017, in recognition of their contribution to Trinidad and Tobago, thus partially meeting a long-standing request of Trinidad and Tobago's Carib, aka. First Peoples.  05 Oct 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Divali Public Holiday October 29 (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced that, as per an official appointment by Trinidad and Tobago President, Anthony Carmona, Saturday, October 29, 2016, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, on account of the upcoming Divali annual public holiday of Trinidad and Tobago in 2016.  22 Jun 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Eid Public Holiday July 6 (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced that Wednesday, July 6, 2016, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, on account of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) annual public holiday of Trinidad and Tobago in 2016.  10 Jan 2016 Trinidad and Tobago 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has released its official list of Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and of non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago for the calendar year 2016.  27 Jun 2015 Trinidad and Tobago Eid Public Holiday July 18 (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through its Public Utilities Minister, Nizam Baksh, has announced that Saturday, July 18, 2015, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, on account of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) annual public holiday of Trinidad and Tobago in 2015.  09 Nov 2014 Trinidad and Tobago 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has released its official list of 2015, non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago.  10 Jul 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Public Holiday July 29 (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through its Public Utilities Minister, Nizam Baksh, has announced that Tuesday, July 29, 2014, had been announced as a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, on account of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) annual public holiday of Trinidad and Tobago in 2014.  03 Jun 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Public Holiday June 20 (Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through its Communications Minister, Vasant Bharath, has announced that Friday, June 20, 2014, would be another one-off non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, due to the coincidence of the Feast of Corpus Christi public holiday and the Labour Day annual public holidays of Trinidad and Tobago in 2014.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Trinidad and Tobago public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The list and dates of official public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago are regulated by The Public Holidays And Festivals Act, Chapter. 19:05 (An Act relating to Public Holidays and Festivals) of 1872 as most recently amended in 2003.  Weekend Public Holidays: When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday immediately following. When two public holidays fall on the same day, the following day is also given as a public holiday.  Carnival: Most businesses are closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, even though these days are not public holidays.  Indian Arrival Day, celebrated on May 30th, commemorates the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers from India to Trinidad, in May1845. While this event was celebrated among the Est Indian community in Trinidad and Tobago for many years, it was not until 1994 that it was made an official public holiday, when it was called Arrival Day. In 1995 it was re-named Indian Arrival Day .  Diwali is a public holiday since 1966. One of the highlights of the Diwali celebrations here is the staging of the nine-day Diwali Nagar, which attracts over 100,000 people every year. As the choice of the name Diwali (rather than Deepavali) suggests, the public holiday's date calculation in Trinidad and Tobago follows Norther Indian practice, aligning its date with that of India, rather than that of other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, whose Indian emigrants came predominently from the Southern parts of India, and often celebrate Deepavali a day earlier.  March 30 was declared a public holiday in 1996, by former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, in honour of Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day .  The Labour Day public holiday is celebrated, in Trinidad and Tobago, on June 19, rather than the usual May 1st, to commemorate the June 19th, 1937, revolt general strike .  One-Off Public Holidays: At the discretion of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, any other date may also be declared a public holiday.  Trinidad and Tobago International Codes TT and TTO (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .tt (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Trinidad and Tobago information and news: Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Trinidad and Tobago maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Trinidad and Tobago), and Wikipedia (includes Trinidad and Tobago commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Trinidad and Tobago, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Trinidad and Tobago were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Trinidad and Tobago, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Trinidad and Tobago, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Trinidad and Tobago, before planning any trip to Trinidad and Tobago. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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