2018 National Holidays in Hungary

  • 4 Jan 2018 12:06 AM
2018 National Holidays in Hungary
There are 11 bank holidays, and several extra ‘rest days’ in Hungary this year. As you can see from the easy to read lists below, instead of having one free day in the middle of the work week, Hungarians usually prefer to have long weekends in exchange for a Saturday that would otherwise be a ‘rest day’.

Consequently, depending on which day of the week a bank holidays falls on, the previous or the following day is deemed to be a ‘rest day’ to make a long weekend for employees to enjoy. In such cases, a Saturday is declared a work day instead, to keep the number of work days the same during 2018.

Bank Holidays & Rest Days

1 January (Monday) New Year’s Day

15 March (Thursday) to commemorate the Hungarian 1848 Revolution

16 March (Friday) rest day to make a 4 day long-weekend between 15 – 18 March

30 March – 2 April (Friday – Monday) Good Friday to Easter Monday

30 April (Monday) rest day to make a 4 day long-weekend between 28 April – 1 May

1 May (Tuesday) May Day / Labour Day

20-21 May (Sunday and Monday) Pentecost

20 August (Monday) St. Stephen’s Day

22 October (Monday) rest day to make a 4 day long-weekend between 20 – 23 October

23 October (Tuesday) to commemorate the 1956 Revolution

1 November (Thursday) All Hallows Day / Day of the Dead

2 November (Friday) rest day to make it a 4 day long-weekend between 1 – 4 November

24 December (Monday) rest day to make it a 5 day long Christmas holiday between 22 – 26 December

25 – 26 December (Tuesday – Wednesday) the 1st and 2nd day of Christmas holiday

31 December (Monday) rest day for a long weekend to celebrate New Year

Working Saturdays

10 March for the long-weekend 15 – 18 March

21 April for the long-weekend of Labour Day 28 April – 1 May

13 October for long-weekend of 20 – 23 October

10 November for long-weekend of 1 – 4 November

1 December for long Christmas holiday between 22 – 26 December

15 December for long weekend to celebrate New Year 29 December – 1 January

Short Working Days

Also worth noting is that that near the end of the year there are two special short work days in Hungary, which are not bank holidays but most employees leave early, shops close around noon, and public transport switches to night service from 4 pm.

24 December (Monday) Christmas Eve

31 December (Monday) New Year’s Eve

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