Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates February 2007


 
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This monthly recap of February 2007 worldwide public holidays news and updates, covering all the countries of the world, is based on our daily review of hundreds of on-line newspapers, government sites, and institutional sources, and over a decade of experience following worldwide public holidays, to place current events in context, and anticipate on possible future changes.

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Date

Country

News Item Summary

28-Feb-2007

Australia

Australia Restricting APEC Public Holiday To Sydney (Source: Sydney Morning Herald) - Summary: The New South Wales Government says that the September 7, one-off, public holiday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit will only apply to Sydney (residents in the Sydney metropolitan and surrounding areas, including suburbs as far as Penrith in the west and Camden in the south-west). Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

28-Feb-2007

USA

(Source: Microsoft) - Summary: Daylight saving time (DST) will start on March 11, 2007, which is three weeks earlier than usual, and it will end on November 4, 2007, which is one week later than usual. Links: other USA (United States) news and updates.

28-Feb-2007

Russia

Russia Not Declaring March 9 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: NEWSru.com) - Summary: International Womens' Day: The Government of the Russian Federation has not made any decisions about the traditional shift of a workday to the weekend. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

28-Feb-2007

Ghana

Ghana Declares Additional Public Holiday On March 7 (Source: Ghana News Agency) - Summary: President John Agyekum Kufuor has declared Wednesday March 7 as an additional public holiday (recall that Tuesday, March 6, which is Independence Day is a statutory public holiday). Links: other Ghana news and updates.

28-Feb-2007

UK

(Source: All Headline News) - Summary: Proposed Public Holiday Reportedly Set For Queen Elizabeth's 60th Wedding Anniversary. Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to announce plans to recognize the queen's achievement in becoming the first monarch in history to achieve 60 years of marriage with a commemorative day. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

27-Feb-2007

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Declares March 9 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Kazakhstan Today News Agency-Almaty) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Masimov, has signed a government resolution which declares Friday, March 9, 2007, as a one-off bridge public holiday, to be observed jointly with the, annual, March 8th, International Women's Day, public holiday which falls on a Thursday this year. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

25-Feb-2007

Chad

Chad Mourns Prime Minister (Source: Reuters) - Summary: Chad's President Idriss Deby declared seven days of national mourning late on Friday after the central African country's prime minister died from a brain hemorrhage in a Paris hospital. Links: other Chad news and updates.

25-Feb-2007

Latvia

Latvia Declares February 28 Day Of Mourning (Source: Gulf Daily News) - Summary: Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis has declared Wednesday, February 28, a day of national mourning, following the worst fire in the country's history, in which at least 25 people died. Links: other Latvia news and updates.

23-Feb-2007

Morocco

Morocco Declares September 7 Public Holiday (Source: Reuters South Africa) - Summary: Morocco will hold a parliamentary election on Friday September 7. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.

23-Feb-2007

New Zealand

(Source: newswire.co.nz) - Summary: A move to have Waitangi Day renamed New Zealand Day, to be observed on the Monday of the week in which February 6 occurs, has failed after a parliamentary select committee rejected it. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

22-Feb-2007

El Salvador

El Salvador Declares 3-Day National Mourning (Source: International Herald Tribune) - Summary: The government declared three days of mourning, following the grisly killings of Eduardo D'Abuisson and two other little-known Salvadoran politicians. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

22-Feb-2007

French Polynesia

French Polynesian 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Journal Officiel de la Polynésie Française-Papeete) - Summary: The Council of Ministers of French Polynesia has released the Arrêté n° 2007-212/CM which officially declares the list of French Polynesian public holidays for the calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other French Polynesia news and updates.

22-Feb-2007

India

India February 24 Public Holiday In Punjab State (Source: IBN) - Summary: By virtue of section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881, a public holiday was declared for most government institutions in Valtoha Assembly Constituency of Punjab, on February 24, on account of election in the constituency, which include state corporations, boards and educational institutions. Links: other India news and updates.

21-Feb-2007

Spain

Spain's Baleares Islands 5-Day School Holiday (Source: Ultima Hora) - Summary: More than 50% of all public and private schools in the Baleares Islands, will be closed for 5 days, from Wednesday February 28 to Monday March 5, inclusively, in what is being called a small white week (una pequeña semana blanca). Links: other Spain news and updates.

21-Feb-2007

Switzerland

Switzerland's Aargau To Keep Catholic Public Holidays (Source: AZ Online) - Summary: After protests from its Catholic regions, the government of the Canton of Aargau, has reversed itself on an earlier plan to stop observing the following public holidays: Fronleichnam, All Saints, Assumption and Immaculate Conception, as of January 1, 2008. Links: other Switzerland news and updates.

21-Feb-2007

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Observes Shaheed Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Star) - Summary: February 21 is Shaheed Day, also known locally as the Bangla Language Martyrs' Day in Bangladesh, and is also being observed internationally as International Mother Language Day (UNESCO declaration in 2000). Links: other Bangladesh news and updates.

21-Feb-2007

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis Declares March 14 Public Holiday (Source: The Sun-St.Kitts and Nevis) - Summary: Wednesday, March 14, 2007, has been designated a one-off public holiday in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

21-Feb-2007

Fiji

Fiji Elections Possible In 2010 (Source: BBC News) - Summary: Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he plans to call parliamentary elections in 2010. Links: other Fiji news and updates.

18-Feb-2007

Venezuela

Venezuela State Public Sector Holiday On February 19-20 (Source: El Tiempo de Venezuela) - Summary: According to the Urepanz, the Civil Servants Union of the State of Anzoátegui (Unión Regional de Empleados Públicos del estado Anzoátegui), the State Governor, Tarek William Saab, decreed the upcoming Monday and Tuesday of Carnival (February 19-20) as días no laborables. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

18-Feb-2007

Nepal

Nepal Declares Public Holiday For Sherpa Community (Source: The Rising Nepal) - Summary: On the occasion of the Me Mo Phaklo 2134 (Lhosar 2007), Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Pradip Kumar Gyawali, extended best wishes to the Sherpa community, and disclosed a recent decision taken by the Government of Nepal, by which a public holiday would be given to the Sherpa community during their festivals. Links: other Nepal news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Peru

Peru February 19 Regional Public Holiday (Source: Diario Metro) - Summary: Many cities of the high Andes (Cajamarca, Junín, Cuzco, Apurímac, Ayacucho, Arequipa, and Huancavelica) have declared Monday February 19 a public holiday. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Ecuador

Ecuador Changes Dates Of Carnival Public Holidays' Recuperation (Source: El Diario) - Summary: This year's 2 compensation Saturdays set as recuperation for the 2 Carnival public holidays, were changed to March 10 and 17, by President Rafael Correa, through the Executive Decree 113 of February 14, amending article 2 of Executive Decree 2369 of January 12, 2007. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Canada

Canada Bill To Make February 15 A Public Holiday (Source: The Province) - Summary: New Democrat MP (Member of Parliament), Peggy Nash, will introduce a private member's bill to declare Flag Day, Feb. 15, a federal holiday. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Algeria

Algeria Announces Legislative Elections Date (Source: The Associated Press) - Summary: Algeria will hold parliamentary elections on May 17. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Argentina

Argentina's Jujuy Provincial Public Holidays (Source: Jujuy al Día) - Summary: The province of Jujuy, northwestern Argentina has declared Monday February 19 as a provincial public holiday (compulsory rest for both public and private sectors) and Tuesday February 20> as a día no laborable (compulsory for the public sector, but optional for the private sector). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Spain

Spain's Murcia Announces 2008 Public Holidays Changes (Source: El Faro de Murcia) - Summary: Next year, the autonomous community of Murcia, will replace January 7th (the day after Epiphany) with the anniversary of the proclamation of the autonomy of the region (June 9), as one of the 4 regional public holidays. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Bahrain

Bahrain Pressure To Declare March 8 Public Holiday (Source: Gulf News-Manama) - Summary: Bahrain's Women Union has called for International Women's Day on March 8 to be made a public holiday in the kingdom. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

China

China Considering Lunar New Year's Eve Public Holiday (Source: Xinhua News Agency) - Summary: The National People's Congress will be asked, next month, to consider making New Year's Eve the last day in Chinese lunar calendar and one of the most important for families a public holiday. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Jordan

Jordan Considering Non-Working Status Of Various Public Holidays (Source: Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit's Office) - Summary: Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit this week identified official holidays (religious and national) during which public institutions and ministries will remain closed, as well as events which will be observed without a holiday. Links: other Jordan news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Jordan

Jordan will introduce daylight saving time, beginning in 2011 (Source: Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit's Office) - Summary: Clocks will move forward by 60 minutes (GMT + 3) at midnight on the last Thursday in March. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

17-Feb-2007

Congo (DRC)

(Source: Le Potentiel) - Summary: Christian organizations have renewed their calls to add February 16, to the list of official public holidays, in remembrance of February 16, 1992, when President Mobutu's personal guard shot and killed peaceful marchers. Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

16-Feb-2007

Jordan

Jordan Announces Public Holidays For 2007-2011 (Source: The Jordan Times-Amman) - Summary: Earlier this week, Jordan's Prime Minister, Marouf Bakhit, identified official holidays (religious and national) during which public institutions and ministries will remain closed, for the period from 2007-2011. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

15-Feb-2007

Estonia

Estonia Amends Public and National Holidays Act (Source: Estonia's Official Gazette- Riigi Teataja-Tallinn) - Summary: Estonia's parliament has approved the Public and National Holidays Act Amendment Act (RT I 2007, 22, 118) which amends the current legislation governing public holidays, days off, and national holidays in Estonia. Links: full story and other Estonia news and updates.

15-Feb-2007

North Korea

North Korea Extends Lunar New Year Public Holidays For 5 Days (Source: The Daily NK) - Summary: North Korean authorities have decided to extend and joint the annual public holidays for the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's birthday (February 16-17) with the upcoming, February 18-20 Lunar New Year public holidays. Links: full story and other North Korea news and updates.

15-Feb-2007

UAE

UAE Revises Public Holidays Legislation (Source: Al Jarida Al Rasmiyah) - Summary: The UAE has gazetted the "Federal Law No. 14 of 2007 regarding Official Holidays" which specifies the officials public holidays for the Ministries and the general institutions in the UAE. Links: other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

14-Feb-2007

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Adds Soviet Evacuation Public Holiday (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: Earlier today, the government, on the recommendation of the lower house of parliament, declared the 26th day of Dalwo (around February 15) as a new annual public holiday to commemorate the victory of mujahidin against the invading Soviet troops eighteen years ago. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

14-Feb-2007

Brazil

(Source: Jornal Folha de Boa Vista) - Summary: The Febraban, Federação Brasileira dos Bancos (Brazilian Banking Federation), has decided that all banks in Brazil would close on Carnival Monday and Tuesday (February 19 and 20), and only reopen from 10-13 on Ash Wednesday, February 21. Links: other Brazil news and updates.

14-Feb-2007

Brazil

(Source: Jornal Folha de Boa Vista) - Summary: The Minister of Planning, Organization and Management (Ministério do Planejamento, Orçamento e Gestão) has issued decree 740 giving a Carnaval ponto facultativo to all federal civil servants on Monday and Tuesday February 19 and 20, and on Wednesday the 21st, until 14:00. Links: other Brazil news and updates.

14-Feb-2007

Colombia

(Source: Office of the Press Secretary-the White House) - Summary: US President, George W. Bush, and First Lady, Mrs. Bush, will travel to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico (in that order) from March 8-14, 2007. Links: full story and other Colombia news and updates.

13-Feb-2007

Lebanon

Lebanon Declares February 14 Public Holiday (Source: Middle East Online) - Summary: Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, has declared tomorrow, February 14, a public holiday in Lebanon, to commemorate the second anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Links: other Lebanon news and updates.

12-Feb-2007

Ecuador

Ecuador Extends Carnival Public Holidays To Private Sector (Source: El Universo) - Summary: Although officially restricted to banks and civil servants, the upcoming Carnival public holidays (February 19 and 20, beginning on Sunday the 18th) will be observed by workers in the private sector as well. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

11-Feb-2007

Brazil

(Source: Maracaju News) - Summary: Over the last few days, many state, local and municipal governments have re-affirmed the status of ponto facultativo, for their civil servants, on the occasion of Carnival (February 19 to 21). Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

11-Feb-2007

Argentina

Argentina Carnival Public Holiday Status Update (Source: El Tribuno) - Summary: Although abolished since 1976 in Argentina, the movement to re-instate Carnival (February 19 and 20, this year) has grown to the point where many municipalities and states will now be observing it in some way or another (usually, at the very least, by giving civil servants the 2 days off). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

8-Feb-2007

Macedonia

Macedonia Revamps Official Public Holidays List (Source: Makfax Vesnik-Skopje) - Summary: The Macedonian Parliament adopted, today, the Bill on Amending the Law on State Holidays. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

7-Feb-2007

Czech Republic

Czech Good Friday Public Holiday Stalled (Source: Radio Praha-Prague) - Summary: The recent senatorial amendment to add Good Friday to the list of Czech public holidays was not voted upon in the lower house, yesterday. Links: full story and other Czech Republic news and updates.

7-Feb-2007

Switzerland

Switzerland Referendum On January 2 Public Holiday (Source: 20 Minutes) - Summary: The Grand Conseil has voted that the Canton of Vaud will hold a referendum as to whether January 2 and Whit Monday are to be added to the list of official cantonal public holidays. Links: full story and other Switzerland news and updates.

7-Feb-2007

Portugal

(Source: Rádio Lumena) - Summary: Municipal and regional civil servants in the Azores will get a tolerância de ponto on the occasion of the Carnival public holiday (Tuesday February 20), allowing them to be on holidays from February 17-21, inclusively. Links: other Portugal news and updates.

6-Feb-2007

India

India's Punjab State Moves February Public Holiday (Source: Punjab Newsline) - Summary: The Punjab Government has declared that Tuesday, February 13, 2007 shall be a closed day for all shops and commercial establishments, in lieu of any close day falling on any day between February 14 and 20. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

6-Feb-2007

India

India Nationwide Banking Strike Expected On February 23 - Summary: The United Forum of Bank Union has made a preliminary call for a nation-wide banking strike on February 23, 2007. Links: other India news and updates.

6-Feb-2007

China

China Confirms Lunar New Year Public Holidays Dates (Source: China Daily) - Summary: The General Office of the State Council confirmed that the Chinese New Year holiday this year would begin on February 18. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

5-Feb-2007

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea Amends Official Public Holidays List (Source: Sitio oficial de la República de Guinea Ecuatorial-Malabo) - Summary: Last Friday, Equatorial Guinea's Council of Ministers, with President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo present, approved the "Decreto por el que se fijan los Días Feriados en la República de Guinea Ecuatorial" which replaces the current official list of public holidays (Calendario Oficial del 19 de Abril de 1989). Links: full story and other Equatorial Guinea news and updates.

4-Feb-2007

Brazil

(Source: MS Notícias) - Summary: The prefect of Mato Groso, José Garibaldi da Rosa Neto, has decreed a municipal public holiday, Dia Municipal de Combate a Dengue, on Wednesday February 7, in the city of Bela Vista (south-west of Sao Paulo). Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

4-Feb-2007

East Timor

East Timor Presidential Elections Announced (Source: TV NZ) - Summary: East Timor will hold presidential elections on April 9. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

3-Feb-2007

Peru

Peru Celebrates Pisco Sour Day (Source: La República) - Summary: For the 4th year in a row, Lima and its surrounding communes will be celebrating Picso Sour Day (Día del Pisco Sour), from Friday February 2, until Sunday February 4. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

2-Feb-2007

Tonga

Tonga Heilala Festival On New Public Holiday (Source: Matangi Tonga) - Summary: The Tonga Visitors Bureau Office yesterday confirmed that the 2007 Heilala Festival would run from June 30 to July 13. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

2-Feb-2007

South Africa

South Africa Not Declaring a Public Holiday For Adelaide Tambo (Source: On-Site Reporting) - Summary: As of today, there have been no reports of any official public holiday mourning the passing away, on January 31st, of Adelaide Tambo, the widow of African National Congress' anti-apartheid movement hero, Oliver Tambo (after whom the Johannesburg airport was recently renamed). Links: other South Africa news and updates.

2-Feb-2007

Vietnam

Vietnam Considering New Historical Public Holiday (Source: Tranh Nien Daily) - Summary: The government is contemplating a new annual public holiday on the 10th day of the 3rd lunar month, the death anniversary of the Hung Kings who, according to legend, ruled over what is now modern Vietnam. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

2-Feb-2007

Vietnam

Vietnam Extended Bank And Financial Holiday (Source: Hanoi Securities Trading Centre-HASTC) - Summary: In addition to the public holidays declared from February 16 to 21, 2007, the Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi Securities Trading Centres as well as the Vietnam Securities Depository (VSD) will be closed on February 22 and 23, 2007. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

1-Feb-2007

Guinea

Guinea Considering January 22 Public Holiday (Source: Radio-Kankan) - Summary: Following the recent end to the 18-day general strike, the Dyama Party has proposed the creation of a new national public holiday on January 22 every year. Links: other Guinea news and updates.

1-Feb-2007

Morocco

Morocco To Consider Election Day Public Holiday (Source: Magharebia) - Summary: A report released to the public last week by Transparency Maroc and Democracy Reporting International (DRI), concerning the organizational framework for elections in Morocco, recommended that election day be declared a public holiday. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.

1-Feb-2007

Ghana

Ghana Urged To Declare September 21 Public Holiday (Source: The Statesman) - Summary: Edmund Delle, the National Chairman of the Convention People's Party, has described as a must-do his view that September 21, the birthday of the late Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of the Republic of Ghana, be declared an official public holiday. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.


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