According to Greek law every Sunday of the year is a public holiday. In addition, there are nine mandatory, official public holidays: New Year's Day, 6 January, 25 March, Orthodox Easter Monday, 1 May, 15 August, 28 October, 25 December and 26 December. There are, however, more public holidays celebrated in Greece than are announced by the Ministry of Labour each year as mandatory. 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 1 May, which is regarded by the locals more as a general strike than a public holiday.
In addition to the national holidays, some 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 it 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.|||
|moveable (48 days before Orthodox Easter)||Clean Monday||Kathará Deftéra||Καθαρά Δευτέρα||The first day of Lent.||3|
|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.|
|moveable (2 days before Orthodox Easter)||Great Friday||Megáli Paraskeví||Μεγάλη Παρασκευή|||
|moveable (day after Orthodox Easter)||Easter Monday||Deftéra tou Páscha||Δευτέρα του Πάσχα|||
|1 May||Labour Day||Ergatikí Protomagiá
(lit. 1 May of the Workers)
|moveable (50 days Orthodox after Easter)||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||Dormition of the Mother of God||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.|||
|25 December||Christmas Day||Christoúyenna||Χριστούγεννα|||
|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|
|30 January||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)|
|17 November||Polytechnio||Polytechnio||Πολυτεχνείο||Education||Anniversary of the 1973 students protests against the junta of the colonels (1967–1974).|