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This monthly recap of May 2017 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

31-May-2017

India

India 2017 Jammu and Kashmir Public Holidays Amended Again (Source: Government of Jammu and Kashmir-Srinigar) - Summary: The Government of India's state of Jammu and Kashmir has issued the Government Order No: 690-GAD of 2017 which further amends its annual list of the days which will be non-working public holidays in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir for the upcoming calendar year 2017 ("In partial modification of Government order No. 1345-GAD of 2016 date 09-12-2016, the holiday on account of 'Mela Khir Bhawani' shall be observed on 2nd June, 2017 (Friday) instead of 1st June, 2017 (Thursday) in the government offices and education institutions in Kashmir Province"). Links: full story and other India news and updates.

30-May-2017

Mongolia

Mongolia Public Holiday June 1 (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: The Mongolian government has announced that Thursday, June 1, 2017, would once again be a non-working public holiday in Mongolia, on account of International Children's Day. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

29-May-2017

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Lailatul Qadr June 22 (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: Bangladesh's National Moon Sighting Committee and Religious Affairs Committee has announced that the upcoming Lailatul Qadr (night of destiny) would be observed on the evening of Thursday, June 22, 2017, to be followed on the next day by the corresponding annual non-working public holiday in Bangladesh. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

28-May-2017

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Eid Public Holiday June 26 (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced that Monday, June 26, 2017, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, on account of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) annual public holiday of Trinidad and Tobago in 2017. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

27-May-2017

Saudi Arabia

Saudi 2017 End of Ramadan Public Holidays (Source: Saudi Press Agency-SPA) - Summary: The government of Saudi Arabia, via a Tweet by its Ministry of Civil Service, has announced that the 2017 End of Ramadan public sector holidays would run from Ramadan 25 until Shawwal 5. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

26-May-2017

Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2017 Ratting Day Public Holiday (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: The Chief Islander of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha has declared Friday, May 26, 2017, as the date for this year's annual Ratting Day public holiday in Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

26-May-2017

Pakistan

Pakistan Ramadan 2017 Bank Holiday (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Monday, May 29, 2017, would be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Start of Ramadan Bank Holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

26-May-2017

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday May 29 (Source: Superintendencia de Instituciones del Sector Bancario-Sudeban) - Summary: The Venezuelan regulatory body for the banking sector, Sudeban (Superintendencia de Instituciones del Sector Bancario) has announced that Monday, May 29, 2017, would be another bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "Día de Corpus Christi" ("fiesta del Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo") annual bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

25-May-2017

Afghanistan

Afghanistan 2017 Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday Announced (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: The government of Afghanistan has declared Saturday, May 27, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the upcoming First Day of Ramadan non-working public holidays in Afghanistan. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

24-May-2017

Montserrat

Montserrat Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted (Source: Government of Montserrat-Brades) - Summary: The Montserrat "Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill 2017", which was introduced and first read in the Montserrat Legislative Assembly last January, and was passed by the Montserrat Legislative Assembly earlier this month, was signed into law by Montserrat Governor Lyndell Simpson. Links: full story and other Montserrat news and updates.

24-May-2017

Moldova

Moldova Renews June 1st Public Holiday (Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat-Moldpres) - Summary: The Moldavian Cabinet has once again approved a decree on the declaration of June 1st, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Moldova, on account of International Children's Day. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

23-May-2017

Nepal

Nepalese Bhoto Jatra Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The Home Ministry of the Government of Nepal has announced that the Machhindranath's chariot having arrived at Jawalakhel, Thursday, May 25, 2017, had been declared as the date of this year's Bhoto Jatra non-working public holiday in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

21-May-2017

Jordan

Jordanian 2017 Independence Day Bank and Public Holidays (Source: The Central Bank of Jordan-Amman) - Summary: The Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan has issued a Memorandum which announces a bank holiday on Thursday, May 25, 2017, on account of the annual Independence Day non-working Jordanian public holiday and bank holiday. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

20-May-2017

Hungary

Hungary 2018 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Kormányzat Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium-Budapest) - Summary: The annual list of official non-working public holidays in Hungary for the calendar year 2018, as announced by the Government of Hungary, upon the recommendation of the Hungarian National Economy Minister, has been officially gazetted. Links: full story and other Hungary news and updates.

20-May-2017

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Public Holiday May 24 (Source: Gazette Office Cayman Islands Government-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Supervisor of Elections of the Cayman Islands, Wesley Howell, has confirmed that Wednesday, May 24, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday in the Cayman Islands on account of the upcoming general election. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

19-May-2017

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holiday May 30 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Rosario Murillo, has issued a communique declaring that Tuesday, May 30, 2017, would once again be a non-working public sector holiday in Nicaragua, in accordance with the Decreto Presidencial 22-2010, to mark Nicaragua's Mothers' Day ("Día de las Madres Nicaragüenses"). Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

18-May-2017

Nigeria

Nigerian 2017 Democracy Day Public Holiday (Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) - Summary: The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Monday, May 29, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria, on account of the 2017 Democracy Day non-working public holiday of Nigeria. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

17-May-2017

Ghana

Ghana Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has announced that the Government of Ghana had declared Thursday, May 25, 2017, as a statutory non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of the upcoming African Union Day annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

16-May-2017

Romania

Romanian Public Holiday June 2 (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: The Romanian Government has announced that it would declare Friday, June 2, 2017, as a one-off bridge public holiday in Romania, to link the annual Romanian public holiday of International Children's Day on June 1st, with the subsequent weekend. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

15-May-2017

Bermuda

Bermuda Mulls Bermuda Day Public Holiday Shift Again (Source: Bermuda Department of Communication and Information-Hamilton) - Summary: Bermuda's Shadow Minister of Community, Youth and Sports, Michael Weeks, has once again introduced a the "Public Holidays Amendment Act" in the House of Assembly for Bermuda Day to fall on the Friday before the last Monday of May each year. Links: full story and other Bermuda news and updates.

14-May-2017

Russia

Russian 2018 Public Holidays Decree (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Russian Ministry of Labor has released a draft decree for the Russian government to postpone the days off in 2018, in the context of the announcement of the list of official non-working public holidays in Russia in the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

13-May-2017

Mauritius

Mauritius 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Prime Minister's Office-Port-Louis) - Summary: The Cabinet of the Government of Mauritius has released its official annual list of the non-working public holidays in Mauritius for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

12-May-2017

Liberia

Liberia Public Holidays May 14-15 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation declaring Sunday, May 14, 2017, as the National Unification Day of the Republic of Liberia non-working public holiday to be observed throughout the Republic as a national holiday and "to be observed on Monday, May 15, 2017 throughout the country as a National Holiday". Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

11-May-2017

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Public Holiday October 13 (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, has announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago would be given a one-off national non-working public holiday, on Friday, October 13, 2017, "in recognition of their contribution to the islands". Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

10-May-2017

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea 2017 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea-Port Moresby) - Summary: The Government of Papua New Guinea, Michael Ogio, has announced that Tuesday, June 27, 2017, would be declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in Papua New Guinea on account of the upcoming general elections. Links: full story and other Papua New Guinea news and updates.

9-May-2017

Canada

Canada Votes June 21 Public Holiday Extension (Source: The Government of Yukon-Whitehorse) - Summary: The Community Services Minister of Canada's Yukon Territory, John Streicker, has announced that the territorial government had made good on its promise to add a new annual non-working public holiday, National Aboriginal Day on November 21, to "recognize the contributions of Yukon's indigenous peoples". Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

8-May-2017

Hungary

Hungary Mulls 2017 Public Holidays Amendments (Source: Kormányzat Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium-Budapest) - Summary: Hungary's Parliament is considering a bill to make December 24 a new annual non-working public holiday in Hungary. Links: full story and other Hungary news and updates.

7-May-2017

Malta

Malta Day In Lieu Public Holidays In Electoral Debate (Source: Malta Department of Information-Government of Malta) - Summary: Launching his re-election campaign, earlier this week, Malta Labour leader and Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, has once again promised that, should his party win a re-election, it would restore the day in lieu public holidays for Malta public holidays that fall on a weekend, canceled "without prior consultation" by the preceding PN government. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

6-May-2017

Maldives

Maldives Public Holiday May 7 (Source: Maldives President's Office Press Release-Male) - Summary: The President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has decided to declare Sunday, May 7, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the Maldives "as a high number of government employees and the public were involved in conducting the local council elections held today". Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

6-May-2017

Jamaica

Jamaican Bank Holidays 2021-2022 (Source: Bank of Jamaica-BOJ) - Summary: The Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica's Central Bank, has released the official list of bank holidays in Jamaica for the calendar years 2021 and 2022. Links: full story and other Jamaica news and updates.

5-May-2017

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2018 Public Holidays Released (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its annual official list of the gazetted 2018 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2018"), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

4-May-2017

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan June 2017 Public Holidays (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers has issued a decree declaring June 24-28, 2017, inclusively, as non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan on account of this year's annual Armed Forces Day and the Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr) annual public holidays of Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

4-May-2017

Spain

Spain 2018 Basque Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco-BOPV) - Summary: The executive of Spain's Basque autonomous region (País Vasco) has gazetted its annual calendar of official regional public holidays ("calendario laboral") and bank holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2018 in Spain's Basque region. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

3-May-2017

Montserrat

Montserrat Public Holidays Amendments Voted (Source: Government of Montserrat-Brades) - Summary: The Montserrat "Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill 2017", which was introduced to the Montserrat Legislative Assembly and had its first reading last January 24, was passed by the Montserrat Legislative Assembly yesterday. Links: full story and other Montserrat news and updates.

3-May-2017

Bhutan

Bhutanese Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) - Summary: The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Friday, May 5, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming Zhabdrung Kuchoe (Death Anniversary of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the Unifier of Bhutan), annual Bhutanese non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

3-May-2017

Spain

Spain 2018 Andalucia Public Holidays Announced (Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía-BOJA) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Andalucía has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia for the calendar year 2018 ("calendario de fiestas laborales en Andalucía para el año 2018"). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

3-May-2017

Philippines

Philippines Votes December 8 Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The Philippines House of Representatives has unanimously approved, in its third and final reading, the House Bill 5241 declaring December 8 of every year a special national non-working public holiday in the Philippines on account of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

2-May-2017

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Public Holidays May 7-8-9 (Source: Uzbek National News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: Earlier today, the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed the resolution "On shifting day-off from Saturday, 6 May, to Monday, 8 May 2017" which declares Monday, May 8, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan, in connection with the celebration of the 2017 Day of Memory and Honour non-working public holiday of Uzbekistan. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

2-May-2017

Algeria

Algerian Public Holiday May 4 (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: In a communiqué released earlier this morning, the Algerian government's Direction générale de la Fonction publique et de la Réforme administrative has announced that Thursday, May 4, 2017, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday, for both the private and public sectors, on account of the upcoming legislative elections in Algeria. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

1-May-2017

Portugal

Portugal Papal Public Holiday May 12 (Source: Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) - Summary: The government of Portugal has declared a national public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) on Friday, May 12, 2017, to coincide with the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Portugal. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

1-May-2017

Transdniestria

Transdniestrian 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Interfax-Tiraspol) - Summary: Transdniestria's government has announced its annual list of official non-working public holidays in the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic (TMR, aka Transdniestria or also the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic) for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Transdniestria news and updates.


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