National holidays and compulsory collective closures

Which days are national holidays and which are compulsory closures? Which days are deducted from your leave balance? You can read more about this below. Leiden University is in any event closed on:

National holidays

The following are national holidays: 

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • King's Official Birthday (that is to say, the day that the King's birthday is celebrated nationally)
  • Liberation Day: 5 May
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday and Monday
  • 3 October (the day that 3 October/Leiden’s Relief is celebrated)
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day

National holidays are not deducted from your leave balance, whereas compulsory closures are.

Local holiday

‘3 October’ is a local holiday in Leiden. Staff do not usually work on this day, unless this is in the interest of the University. (NB. If 3 October falls on a Sunday the holiday is celebrated on Monday 4 October).

Compulsory (also collective) closures

The Executive Board can specify a maximum of seven days per year as compulsory closures. You are obliged to take leave on a compulsory closure and the number of hours that you would normally have worked on this day are deducted from your holiday balance. These leave hours are automatically deducted from your leave balance in Self Service around the time of the closure.

It mayhappen that you do have to work on a compulsory closure day. In this case the day is considered a normal working day and is therefore not deducted from your leave balance.

Compulsory closures 2016–2018:    

2016     6 May, 27, 28, 29 and 30 December
2017     26 May, 27, 28 and 29 December
2018     11 May, 24, 27, 28 and 31 December

Import dates to Outlook

You can import the dates of the national holidays and compulsory closures for the period October 2015 - December 2018 to your Outlook calendar. Follow these steps:

  1. Download the .ics-file for your Outlook calendar
  2. Open Outlook and click on File menu > Open > Import
  3. Select "Import an iCalendar (.ics) or vCalendar file (.vcs)" then click Next
  4. Choose the location where the iCalendar (.ics) file is saved and click OK
  5. Click on Import. This will import the data to your calendar.

Last Modified: 28-04-2016