Can a public official be absent on the day of a religious holiday?

Verified 23 November 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Administrations may grant absence permits on the occasion of certain non-Catholic or Protestant religious festivals.

These absence authorizations shall be granted if the service requirements allow it.

You are concerned if you are of Armenian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim or Orthodox denominations.

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Armenian festivals

  • Nativity Day
  • Feast of the Vartanant Saints
  • Commemoration of April 24

Buddhist festival

Vesak Day (Buddha Day).

As the date of this celebration is fixed to the nearest day, leave authorizations can be granted with a lag or a lag.

Jewish holidays

  • Sculpin (Pentecost)
  • Rosh Hashana (New Year's Day: 2 days)
  • Yom Kippur (Forgiveness)

The parties start the night before.

Muslim feasts

  • Eid El Adha
  • Al Mawlid Ennabi
  • Eid El Fitr

Since the dates of these holidays are fixed to the nearest day, the absence permits can be granted with a delay of one day or less. These parties start the night before.

Orthodox feasts

  • Teophany according to the Gregorian or Julian calendar
  • Good Friday
  • Ascension

This list is onlyindicative.

The heads of department shall examine on a case-by-case basis whether the granting of an absence permit for a holiday other than one of those listed above is compatible with service requirements.


The main Catholic and Protestant festivals are covered by the holiday calendar.