Public Holidays

Trinidad and Tobago is a multi-cultural country that celebrates its diversity with a wide range of public holidays.  Public holidays are authorised by law and limit work or official business on those dates.  Therefore all government offices, banks and most businesses are closed on public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago.  Please visit the About T&T section for information on the many festivals, celebrations and events that occur outside of our official public holidays.

Public Holidays in Trinidad and Tobago

The official public holidays being celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago during 2008 are listed below.

Public HolidayMonthDate
New Year's Day January1
Good Friday   March21
Easter MondayMarch24
Spiritual Baptist Liberation DayMarch30
Corpus ChristiMay22
Indian Arrival DayMay30
Labour Day June19
Emancipation Day August1
Independence Day August31
Republic Day September24
Divali TBA*TBA*
Christmas Day December25
Boxing Day December26

* TBA = To Be Announced

Please note the following:

  • At the discretion of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, any other date may also be declared a public holiday.
  • Good Friday and Easter Monday are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago.  However since they are determined by the Christian calendar, the date for each public holiday varies from year to year.
  • The Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitr and the Hindu Festival of Divali are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago.  However, since they are determined by the respective Muslim and Hindu religious organisations, the calendar date for each public holiday varies from year to year.  These dates are usually announced one to two weeks prior to their observance each year.
  • 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.
  • Most businesses are closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, even though these days are not public holidays.  Please follow the link below for more information on Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival.

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

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Other Festivals, Events and Celebrations

There is always something happening in Trinidad and Tobago.  Please visit the About T&T or Events sections of this site for more information on what's going on, or follow the link below.

Calendar of Events

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Where can I find more information?

For further information, please contact:

Destination Information Services Unit
Tourism Development Company Limited (Head Office)
Level 1 Maritime Centre
29 Tenth Street
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 675-7034-7 Ext. 311, 312, 232, 282
Fax. (868) 675-7338
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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Forms and Other Downloads

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