Official Holidays, in Austria: January 1 (New Year´s Day), January 6 (Epiphany), Easter Monday, May 1 ( May Day, Staatsfeiertag), Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, Corpus Christi, August 15 (Assumption of the Virgin), October 26 ( National Holiday), November 1 (All Saint´s Day), December 8 (Immaculate Conception), December 25 (First Day of Christmas) and December 26 (Boxing Day), for Protestants, Methodists and Old Catholics also Good Friday, but excluding Reformation Day (October 31). Provincial holidays are school holidays and holidays for members of certain occupations. Official Holidays, Provincial .
According to the Law on Sunday and Holiday Observance of 1983 (Feiertagsruhe-Gesetz) the total time spent not working on the weekend is to amount to 36 continuous hours and begin on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the latest. Several exceptions are allowed, for instance, for shift work, construction, newspapers, hotels, bakers, actors. Leave is also to be granted for the fulfilment of religious duties. On official holidays all government offices and courts of law are closed, as are all schools. Allowance is also made for religious holidays of faiths other than Christian (Islam, Judaism) in public offices and for examinations.
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