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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates February 2017

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This monthly recap of February 2017 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

28-Feb-2017

Australia

Australia 2018 ACT Public Holidays Amended (Source: ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) - Summary: The Chief Minister's Office of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT) has released an amended version of the list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, during the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

27-Feb-2017

Ghana

Ghana Public Holidays March 6 (Source: Ghana Government Portal-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior has issued a statement, signed by the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, reminding the public that Monday, March 6, 2017, will be a statutory public holiday marking Ghana's Independence Anniversary, under this year's theme "Mobilizing for Ghana’s future". Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

26-Feb-2017

Latvia

Latvian 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia-Riga) - Summary: The government of Latvia has released the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

25-Feb-2017

Tonga

Tongan Public Holiday March 1st (Source: Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications-Nuku'alofa) - Summary: Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, would be marked as an official non-working public holiday in Tonga in honour of the Queen Mother, Halaevalu Mata’aho, who died last Sunday. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

24-Feb-2017

Bolivia

Bolivian Public Holidays February 27-28 (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour has issued a communiqué announcing that Monday and Tuesday, February 27-28, 2017, would be observed as official non-working public holidays throughout Bolivia to on account of the upcoming Carnival. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

23-Feb-2017

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday March 1st (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste announced that it had once again decided to grant an additional day-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste ("Governu deside ona hodi fó toleránsia pontu iha loron 1 fulan-marsu ­- Kuarta-Feira Sinzas, iha kalendáriu katóliku") for Ash Wednesday, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, to to all employees and agents of the ministries or their dependent services, as well as the institutes and integrated indirect State administration bodies. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

23-Feb-2017

Haiti

Haiti 2017 Carnival Public Holidays Extended (Source: Communiqués de presse de la Présidence de la République d'Haïti-Port-au-Prince) - Summary: The Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti announced that Haiti's President had issued an Executive Order (arrêté présidentiel) declaring Wednesday, March 1, 2017, had been declared as another non-working public holidays in Haiti to coincide with the 2017 Carnival public holidays in Haiti, and most particularly Ash Wednesday. Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

22-Feb-2017

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Public Holidays February 23 (Source: Kabar Kyrgyz National News Agency-Bishkek) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic has announced that Wednesday, February 22, 2017, would be official non-working public holidays in Kyrgyzstan on account of the upcoming Defender of the Fatherland Day annual non-working public holiday in Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

21-Feb-2017

Kuwait

Kuwait Public Holidays February 25-26 (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission has announced that it had declared Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, as non-working public holidays for the upcoming National Day and Liberation Day annual public holidays, without, this time, a day in lieu public holiday due to the upcoming Liberation Day annual public holiday falling on a weekend day in Kuwait. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

20-Feb-2017

Slovenia

Slovenian Constitutional Court Public Holidays Ruling (Source: Slovenska tiskovna agencija-Ljubljana) - Summary: The Constitutional Court of Slovenia has rejected a petition to review the constitutionality of the list of official annual public holidays in Slovenia, based on the fact that it does not contain any Muslim public holidays. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.

19-Feb-2017

Australia

Australian Victoria 2018 Public Holidays (Source: State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) - Summary: The State Government of Australia's State of Victoria has officially announced the list of annual official non-working public holidays in Australia's State of Victoria for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

18-Feb-2017

Germany

Germany Mulls Reformation Public Holiday Bremen Extension (Source: Radio Bremen-Bremen) - Summary: The major parties of the German City-State of Bremen, the CDU and SPD, are in discussions about the possibility of making Reformation Day, on October 31, a new annual non-working public holiday in Germany's City-State of Bremen. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

17-Feb-2017

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan March 2017 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has released an amended version of its previously-released annual official list of non-working public holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the month of March 2016. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

16-Feb-2017

The Gambia

Gambian Public Holidays February 18 (Source: Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) - Summary: Gambia's president-elect, Adama Barrow, has declared Saturday, February 18, 2017, as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "in commemoration of his inauguration ceremony and our 52nd Independence Celebrations". Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

16-Feb-2017

India

Indian 2017 West Bengal Public Holidays Expanded (Source: Government of West Bengal-Kolkata) - Summary: The Chief Minister of the Government of India's state of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, has announced that Buddha Purnima would be a non-working public holidays in India's state of West Bengal. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

15-Feb-2017

Malaysia

Malaysian KTN Public Holiday February 19 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Pengkalan Kubor) - Summary: The Deputy Chief Minister of the government of Malaysia's State of Kelantan, Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, has declared Sunday, February 19, 2017, as another one-off state public holiday in Malaysia's State of Kelantan to allow Kelantanese to participate in the Act 355 rally, which will take place on February 18, 2017, in Kuala Lumpur. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

14-Feb-2017

Canada

Canada BC Family Day Public Holidays Update (Source: The Government of the Province of British Columbia-Victoria) - Summary: The petition launched in 2015 to request that the Government of Canada's Province of British Columbia change the date of the annual Family Day non-working public holiday has now reached 20000 signatures. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

13-Feb-2017

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Public Holiday February 14 (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: The government of Afghanistan has declared Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Dalwa 26 in the Afghan calendar), as a non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on account of the upcoming "Soviet defeat and withdrawal from Afghanistan". Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

12-Feb-2017

Sudan

Sudan 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Secretariat General of the Sudanese Council of Ministers of the Republic of Sudan-Khartoum) - Summary: The Secretariat General of the Sudanese Council of Ministers of the Republic of Sudan has released its annual list of the official non-working national public holidays in the Republic of Sudan for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Sudan news and updates.

11-Feb-2017

Bénin

Bénin 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi-Cotonou) - Summary: The government of Bénin has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Bénin for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Bénin news and updates.

10-Feb-2017

Malta

Malta 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Malta Bankers Association-Valetta) - Summary: The Malta Bankers' Association has released its annual list of bank holidays in Malta for the calendar year 2017; dates when banks in Malta will be closed in addition to the previously-announced 2017 general non-working public holidays in Malta for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

10-Feb-2017

India

India 2017 Maharashtra Public Holidays February 16 and 21 (Source: Government of Maharashtra-Mumbai) - Summary: The Government of India's state of Maharashtra has declared 2 one-off non-working public holidays for its employees on Thursday, February 16, and Tuesday, February 21, 2017, on account of the upcoming Maharashtra state polling days. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

9-Feb-2017

Liberia

Liberian Armed Forces Public Holiday February 11 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, February 11th, 2017, as the date of the upcoming Armed Forces Day, a non-working public holiday of Liberia to be observed throughout the country as a national holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

8-Feb-2017

Indonesia

Indonesian Public Holiday February 15 (Source: The Jakarta Post-ANTARA) - Summary: Jakarta's Acting Governor Sumarsono has announced a regional non-working public holiday in Jakarta, Indonesia's political and economic capital, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, on the date of the upcoming Jakarta gubernatorial election (Pemilukada). Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

7-Feb-2017

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines Public Holiday February 14 (Source: Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines-Saint Vincent) - Summary: The Governor General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Fredrick Ballantyne, at the recommendation of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, has declared Tuesday, February 14, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines for the official opening and commencement of operations at the Argyle International Airport. Links: full story and other Saint Vincent and the Grenadines news and updates.

7-Feb-2017

Thailand

Thailand Public Holidays Overhaul Update (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: Assistant government spokesman, Athisit Chainuwat, has announced that Thailand's Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, at the request of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, had signed a resolution to keep December 5th as an annual non-working public holiday in Thailand in honour of his Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

6-Feb-2017

Haiti

Haiti Public Holiday February 7 (Source: Communiqués de presse de la Présidence de la République d'Haïti-Port-au-Prince) - Summary: In a communiqué released earlier today, the Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti (Bureau de la communication de la Primature) has announced that Tuesday February 7, 2017, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Haiti to coincide with the inauguration of President Jovenel Moïse. Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

5-Feb-2017

Australia

Australia 2018-2019 ACT Public Holidays Announced (Source: ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) - Summary: The Chief Minister's Office of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT) has released the list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, during the calendar years 2018 and 2019. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

4-Feb-2017

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Public Holiday February 5 (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: Faced with a second day of record snowfall tomorrow, the government of Afghanistan has declared Sunday, February 5, 2017, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

3-Feb-2017

Panama

Panama 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Banco Nacional de Panamá-Panama City) - Summary: The Banco Nacional de Panamá has released its annual list of bank holidays and public holidays in Panama for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

3-Feb-2017

Mexico

Mexico Bank Holiday February 6 (Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación-Ciudad de México) - Summary: Mexico's Asociación de Bancos de México (ABM) and Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNVB) have jointly issued a communiqué announcing that Monday, February 6, 2017, would be a bank holiday throughout Mexico, on account of the upcoming Constitution Day annual non-working public holiday in Mexico. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

2-Feb-2017

Honduras

Honduras Suyapa Public Holiday February 3 (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' Presidency has once again issued an executive decree declaring Friday, February 3, 2017, a one-off public sector holiday, on the occasion of the "Day of the Virgin of Suyapa", the patron saint of Honduras. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

2-Feb-2017

Argentina

Argentina Public Holidays Legislation Additional Changes Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia (Decreto 80/2017), announced earlier this week by Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, as a follow-up to last week's Decreto 52/2017, has been published in the Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina, thus further amending the legislation governing non-working public holidays in Argentina, effective immediately. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

2-Feb-2017

Lebanon

Lebanon Hariri Bank Holiday February 14 (Source: Association des Banques du Liban-ABL) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Lebanon has announced that Tuesday, February 14, 2017, had once again been declared a bank holiday for all banks and financial institutions of Lebanon, including the Beirut Stock Exchange and the Central Bank of Lebanon, to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (Commémoration de l'assasinat du PM Rafic Hariri). Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

1-Feb-2017

Madagascar

Madagascar 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's Conseil de Gouvernement has taken into advisement the "Projet de décret fixant la liste des jours fériés, chômés et payés au titre de l’année 2017", which declares the list of non-working public holidays in Madagascar for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.


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