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This monthly recap of August 2010 worldwide public holidays news and updates, covers all the countries of the world, and is based on our daily review of hundreds of online 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.  Available as free weekly or monthly email newsletters.

Date

Country

News Item Summary

31-Aug-2010

Switzerland

Switzerland 2011 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) - Summary: The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays for 2011 in Switzerland. Links: full story and other Switzerland news and updates.

31-Aug-2010

Australia

Australian NT Announces April 26 Public Holiday (Source: Northern Territory Government-Darwin) - Summary: The Minister for Public Employment of Australia's Northern Territory, Chris Burns, has announced that a public holiday would be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

31-Aug-2010

Taiwan

Taiwan 2011 Public Holidays Draft (Source: The China Post-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Cabinet-level Central Personnel Administration (CPA) has released a draft calendar of official non-working public holidays in Taiwan in 2011. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

31-Aug-2010

Philippines

Philippines Likely To Declare September 10 Eid Public Holiday (Source: Manila Bulletin-Manila) - Summary: The Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Bai Omera D. Dianalan Lucman, has recommended to the government of the Philippines that the date for the upcoming Eid'l Fitr (End of Ramadan) public holiday be declared as Friday, September 10, 2010. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

30-Aug-2010

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Declares August 30 Public Holiday (Source: Government of Antigua and Barbuda-St. John's) - Summary: Overnight, Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor General, Dame Louise Lake-Tack, declared today, Monday, August 30, 2010, a one-off national public holiday to allow residents to clean-up after the passage of Hurricane Earl. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

30-Aug-2010

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Public Holiday Today (Source: Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado-ORHELO) - Summary: Puerto Rico's Governor, Luis G. Fortuño Burset, has declared Monday, August 30, 2010, as a one-off half-day non-working public sector holiday, beginning at 12:00, on account of the impending tropical storm Earl. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

30-Aug-2010

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Public Sector Holidays August 31 (Source: British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office-BVI) - Summary: The British Virgin Islands Deputy Governor, V. Inez Archibald, has announced that Tuesday, August 31, 2010, had been declared a one-off public sector holiday in the British Virgin Islands. Links: full story and other British Virgin Islands news and updates.

29-Aug-2010

Czech Republic

Czech Republic 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Czech National Bank-Prag) - Summary: The central bank of the Czech Republic, the Czech National Bank, has announced the twelve bank and public holidays for calendar year 2011 in the Czech Republic. Links: full story and other Czech Republic news and updates.

28-Aug-2010

Spain

Spain La Rioja 2011 Public Holidays (Source: Boletin Oficial De La Rioja-La Rioja) - Summary: The Consejería de Industria, Innovación y Empleo of Spain's Autonomous Region of La Rioja has published the list of regional public holidays for 2011 in La Rioja. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

27-Aug-2010

India

India Declares August 28 Goa Public Holiday (Source: IBN Live News-Panaji) - Summary: The chief minister of India's State of Goa, Digamber Kamat, has announced that this afternoon, as well as tomorrow, Saturday, August 28, 2010, would be observed as state public holidays. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

27-Aug-2010

Vietnam

Vietnam Declares September 3 Public Sector Holiday (Source: VietNamNet-Hanoi) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam has decided to extend the upcoming, September 2, National Day public holiday by one day, on Friday, September 3, 2010, for government employees and State-run organisations. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

27-Aug-2010

Brazil

Brazil Considering FIFA Public Holidays Bill (Source: Câmara dos Deputados-Brasilia) - Summary: The Committee on Education and Culture of Brazil's lower house of Parliament is currently considering a bill introduced by Deputy Felipe Bornier that would declare a public holiday on days when the Brazilian national football team played in the World Cup. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

27-Aug-2010

Thailand

Thailand 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Stock Exchange of Thailand-Bangkok) - Summary: The list and dates of the 2011 bank holidays and public holidays in Thailand have been announced. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

26-Aug-2010

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares Tomorrow Jigawa Public Holiday (Source: The Punch-Lagos) - Summary: The Jigawa State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports, Alhaji Aminu Mohammed, has announced that the government of the Nigerian State of Jigawa had declared Friday, August 27, 2010, as a regional public holiday to mark the 19th anniversary of the Jigawa state's creation. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

26-Aug-2010

Germany

Germany 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Deutsche Bundesbank-Frankfurt) - Summary: The German Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) has published a list of the 2011 federal and regional public holidays in Germany. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

26-Aug-2010

South Africa

South Africa Could Get New Public Holiday In 2011 (Source: Fin24-Cape Town) - Summary: South Africa's Statistician General, Pali Lehohla, has been quoted as proposing that the upcoming 2011 national census day should be declared a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

25-Aug-2010

Brunei

Brunei Darussalam 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Brunei Information Department-Prime Minister's Office) - Summary: The Information Department of Brunei Darussalam's Prime Minister's Office has released a list of public holidays for 2011. Links: full story and other Brunei news and updates.

25-Aug-2010

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Declares August 30 Public Holiday (Source: AKI Press-Bishkek) - Summary: The Labor Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the upcoming working day on Monday, August 30, 2010, had been shifted to Saturday, August 28, 2010. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

24-Aug-2010

Russia

Russian 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Russian Government has announced an RF Government Resolution, which specifies the official public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for 2011. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

24-Aug-2010

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Revises Janmashtami Public Holiday Date Again (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: The government of Bangladesh has announced that it had agreed to change the scheduled date for the upcoming Janmashtami public holiday to September 1, 2010. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

24-Aug-2010

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Declare August 25 Public Holiday (Source: The Solomon Star-Honiara) - Summary: Early this morning, the government of the Solomon Islands declared tomorrow, Wednesday, August 25, 2010, as a one-off public holiday on account of the Prime Minister’s Election Day. Links: full story and other Solomon Islands news and updates.

21-Aug-2010

New Zealand

New Zealand Introduces Public Holidays Bill (Source: New Zealand Parliament-Wellington) - Summary: The New Zealand government has introduced The Holidays Amendment Bill, which includes a late amendment in order to clarify the law around the Christmas and New Year public holidays. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

20-Aug-2010

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Declares 2010 End of Ramadan Public Holiday (Source: The Trinidad and Tobago Express-Port of Spain) - Summary: Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, Fazal Karim, has announced that a public holiday would be granted on Friday, September 10, 2010, for the observance of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

20-Aug-2010

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Considering August 25 Public Holiday (Source: Solomon Times-Honiara) - Summary: The Solomon Islands' Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, has announced that he was in talks with the Ministry of Home Affairs in view of having a public holiday declared for Wednesday, August 25, 2010, the date of the upcoming election of the Prime Minister. Links: full story and other Solomon Islands news and updates.

20-Aug-2010

China

China Declares August 27 Shenzhen Public Holiday (Source: China Daily-Shenzhen SEZ) - Summary: The Chinese government has declared next Friday, August 27, 2010, a one-off regional public holiday in the Shenzhen SEZ to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Shenzhen special economic zone. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

20-Aug-2010

Kuwait

Kuwait To Limit Eid Public Sector Holidays (Source: Al Watan-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's Undersecretary at the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Mohammed Al-Roumi, has announced that, regardless of the date of the upcoming End of Ramadan, public sector employees would get four days of public sector holidays only for the Eid-Al-Fitr. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

19-Aug-2010

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island 2011 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Norfolk Island Government Gazette-Kingston) - Summary: The Minister for Community Services for the Australian territory of Norfolk Island, Timothy John Sheridan, has announced an amended version of the list of 2011 official public holidays in Norfolk Island. Links: full story and other Norfolk Island news and updates.

19-Aug-2010

Spain

Spain Cantabria 2011 Public Holidays (Source: Consejería de Empleo y Bienestar Social del Gobierno de Cantabria-Santander) - Summary: The Gobierno de Cantabria has published the list of 2011 public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Cantabria. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

18-Aug-2010

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Declares August 30-31 Public Holidays (Source: Uzbek National News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: The President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed the resolution "On Moving the Days Off in Connection with the Celebration of the 19th Anniversary of the Country's Independence On September 1st" which declares Monday and Tuesday, August 30-31, 2010, as one -off non-working public holidays in Uzbekistan. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

18-Aug-2010

Germany

Germany Rejects Additional Regional Public Holidays (Source: Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine-Hannover) - Summary: The recent bill, introduced by a coalition led by Die Linke, to add 2 regional public holidays in Niedersachsen has been rejected in that Land's parliament. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

18-Aug-2010

East Timor

East Timor Declares FALINTIL Public Holiday (Source: Governo de Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has declared Friday, August 20, 2010, the date of the upcoming 35th anniversary of the Armed Forces for the National Liberation of Timor-Leste (FALINTIL) as a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

17-Aug-2010

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Declares 16-Day Eid Public Sector Holidays (Source: Saudi Press Agency-SPA) - Summary: The government of Saudi Arabia has declared a 16-day period of public sector holidays for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan). Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

16-Aug-2010

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Kurukurus 2-Day Public Holidays Rumoured (Source: Solomon Times-Honiara) - Summary: Local media in the Solomon Islands are reporting the the caretaker Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Derek Sikua, has called the champion Kurukuru team to tell them that he would soon declare a 2 day public holiday to honour the team's recent win. Links: full story and other Solomon Islands news and updates.

13-Aug-2010

Armenia

Armenia Declares August 16 Public Holiday (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Armenian government's head of staff, David Sargsyan, has announced that at its session of last night, the Armenian government had decided to declare Monday, August 16, 2010, a one-off non-working public holiday on the occasion of the Day of Commemoration which follows the August 15 Grape Blessing Day. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

13-Aug-2010

Philippines

Philippines Declare August 30 A Public Holiday (Source: Philippines Information Services-PIA) - Summary: Earlier this morning, Philippines' presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, has announced that Monday, August 30, 2010, had been declared a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

13-Aug-2010

Ukraine

Ukraine Public Holiday August 23 (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has issued a resolution declaring Monday, August 23, 2010, as a non-working public holiday to link the annual Independence Day public holiday with the previous weekend. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

12-Aug-2010

Kenya

Kenya Declares August 27 Public Holiday (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: Earlier this afternoon, Kenyan governmental spokesman, Alfred Mutua, announced that the government of Kenya had declared Friday, August 27, 2010, a one-off public holiday to give Kenyans time to witness the promulgation of the new Constitution. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

12-Aug-2010

Philippines

Philippines Could Cancel August 30 Public Holiday (Source: Philippines Information Services-PIA) - Summary: Philippines' presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, has announced that, in addition to yesterday's cancellation of the upcoming August 23 public holiday, it was also possible that the upcoming National Heroes' Day, on August 30, might also be declared a regular working day. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

12-Aug-2010

Swaziland

Swaziland Announces Umhlanga Public Holiday (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, has announced that the date of the upcoming Umhlanga (aka. Reed Dance) public holiday had been declared as Monday, August 30, 2010. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

12-Aug-2010

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Could Extend End of Ramadan Public Holidays (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: Bangladesh's Home Minister, Sahara Khatun, has announced that an inter-ministerial meeting had recommended to the government of Bangladesh that it extend the upcoming Eid-ul-Fiter (End of Ramadan) public holidays from three to five days. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

11-Aug-2010

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Announces Start of Ramadan (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: At a meeting of the Bangladesh National Moon Sighting Committee, chaired by the State Minister for Religious Affairs, Shahjahan Mian, it was decided that the upcoming month of Ramadan in Bangladesh would begin tomorrow, Thursday, August 12, 2010. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

11-Aug-2010

Philippines

Philippines Cancels August 23 Public Holiday (Source: Philippines Information Services-PIA) - Summary: In an, as of yet unnumbered, proclamation, Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III, has announced that the upcoming public holiday marking the death anniversary of Benigno Aquino Jr would be on Saturday, August 21, 2010, rather than the previously announced date of Monday, August 23, 2010. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

11-Aug-2010

Pakistan

Pakistan Bank Holiday On August 12 (Source: State Bank of Pakistan-SBP) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that it, and all offices of the SBP Banking Services Corporation, including public debt offices, will remain closed on Thursday, August 12, 2010, which will be observed as the annual bank holiday for the beginning of Ramadan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

11-Aug-2010

Saint Helena

Saint Helena Declares May 2011 Public Holiday (Source: St Helena Government-Jamestown) - Summary: The Governor of St Helena, Andrew Murray Gurr, has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, May 20, 2011, as a public holiday in lieu of the annual, May 20, St Helena’s Day public holiday which falls on a weekend in 2011. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

10-Aug-2010

Kenya

Kenya Moves Constitutional Promulgation To August 27 (Source: The Standard-Nairobi) - Summary: Kenyan President Kibaki has announced Friday, August 27, 2010, as the date of the promulgation the new constitution, rather than the previously announced date of August 20. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

10-Aug-2010

Moldova

Moldova Declares Public Holiday August 30 (Source: Jurnal-Chisinau) - Summary: Earlier this afternoon, the government of Moldova announced that it had declared Monday, August 30, 2010, as an additional one-off non-working public holiday throughout Moldova. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

10-Aug-2010

Philippines

Philippines Announces Start of Ramadan (Source: Manila Bulletin-Manila) - Summary: Earlier tonight, the Philippines National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), announced Thursday, August 12, 2010, would be the first day of the upcoming month of Ramadan. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

10-Aug-2010

Gabon

Gabon Declares August 15-18 Public Holidays (Source: Gouvernement de la République Gabonaise-Libreville) - Summary: The government of Gabon has announced that the upcoming National Day holidays would extend from Monday to Wednesday, August 16-18, 2010. Links: full story and other Gabon news and updates.

9-Aug-2010

Rwanda

Rwanda Declares August 10 Public Holiday (Source: Rwanda News Agency-Kigali) - Summary: The government of Rwanda, ministry of labour, has announced that all employees will have a day off from work on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, as the country waits for preliminary results from today's presidential elections. Links: full story and other Rwanda news and updates.

9-Aug-2010

Uganda

Uganda Declares August 11 Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Monitor-Kampala) - Summary: Uganda's Information Minister, Kabakumba Masiko, has announced that Wednesday, August 11, 2010, had been declared a public holiday to coincide with the funeral of former president Godfrey Binaisa. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

9-Aug-2010

Qatar

Qatar Extends 2010 Eid Public Holidays (Source: Qatari News Agency-QNA) - Summary: The Qatari Council of Ministers has announced Decision No.6 of 2010 which extends the Eid al-Fitr public sector holidays for all the government departments, to range from September 7 to September 18, 2010, inclusively. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

9-Aug-2010

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Administrator-Indian Ocean Territories) - Summary: The Administrator of Australia's Indian Ocean Territories, Brian Lacy, has signed Community Bulletin A14/2010 which officially gazettes the public holidays for the calendar year 2011 in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Links: full story and other Cocos (Keeling) Islands news and updates.

9-Aug-2010

Libya

Lybia Announces Ramadan Public Holidays (Source: Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science-LCRSSS) - Summary: The Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science (LCRSSS) has announced that, in Libya, according to astronomical calculations, the upcoming Muslim month of Ramadan will start on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

9-Aug-2010

Christmas Island

Christmas Island 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Administrator-Indian Ocean Territories) - Summary: The Administrator of Australia's Indian Ocean Territories, Brian Lacy, has signed Community Bulletin A13/2010 which officially gazettes Christmas Island public holidays for the calendar year 2011. Links: full story and other Christmas Island news and updates.

8-Aug-2010

Kenya

Kenya Set To Declare August 20 Public Holiday (Source: The Standard-Nairobi) - Summary: Following this past week's constitutional referendum, the Kenyan media are reporting that, "according to impeccable sources", Friday, August 20, 2010, will soon be declared a one-off public holiday to allow Kenyans to witness the promulgation of the new constitution. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

8-Aug-2010

Rwanda

Rwanda Declares August 9 Public Holiday (Source: Rwanda Minister of Information-Kigali) - Summary: The Rwandan government has announced that Monday, August 9, 2010, the date of the upcoming presidential election, would be a one-off non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Rwanda news and updates.

7-Aug-2010

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Asked To Change Date Of Janmashtami Public Holiday (Source: bdnews24-Dhaka) - Summary: The Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, responsible for the celebrations of the Bangladeshi Hindu community, has urged the government of Bangladesh to bring forward the scheduled date for the upcoming Janmashtami public holiday to September 1, 2010. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

6-Aug-2010

Philippines

Philippines Could Cancel August 23 Public Holiday (Source: Manila Bulletin-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, has announced that recently inaugurated President Benigno Aquino III was considering not declaring a day in lieu public holiday on August 23 on the occasion of this year's Ninoy Aquino Day. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

6-Aug-2010

Belgium

Belgium To Re-Consider July 11 Public Holiday Status (Source: RTBF INFO-Antwerpen) - Summary: The ministre-président of Belgium's Flemmish region, Kris Peeters, has announced in Parliament that he would like to make July 11 a full-fledged public holiday in Flanders. Links: full story and other Belgium news and updates.

5-Aug-2010

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Updates Carnival Public Holidays Status (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: The government of Trinidad and Tobago has published a revised set of footnotes, on the Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal, concerning the observance of the annual Carnival holidays. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

4-Aug-2010

Bolivia

Bolivian Indigenous Public Holidays Update (Source: Erbol Comunicaciones-Santa Cruz) - Summary: The Bolivian native people's association (Confederación de Pueblos Indígenas de Bolivia, CIDOB) has petitioned the Bolivian government to declare August 15 as the "Día Indígena Originario". Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

2-Aug-2010

Bermuda

Bermuda 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bermuda Online-Hamilton) - Summary: The Bermuda Online web site, owned by The Royal Gazette daily newspaper of Bermuda, has posted a list of 2011 public holidays in Bermuda. Links: full story and other Bermuda news and updates.


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