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This monthly recap of May 2016 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

26-May-2016

Indonesia

Indonesia Mulls June 1st Public Holiday (Source: The Jakarta Post-ANTARA) - Summary: The Secretary of the Cabinet of Indonesia's Government, Pramono Anung, has announced that a bill is currently being finalized, to be signed by the president, which would declare June 1, Pancasila Day, as a new annual non-working public holiday in Indonesia, to commemorate the birth of Pancasila, in a presidential decree drafted by President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

26-May-2016

Malaysia

Malaysian July 22 Sarawak Public Holiday Gazetted (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuching) - Summary: A statement from the State Administrative Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department of the state Government of Malaysia's state of Sarawak, contains the declaration of July 22 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Malaysia's state of Sarawak, to be known as the "Sarawak Independence Day". Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

25-May-2016

Haiti

Haiti Public Holiday May 26 (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 and the Ministry of Communication of Haiti have announced that Haiti's President has once again issued an Executive Order declaring Thursday, May 26, 2016, as an additional one-off non-working public holiday throughout Haiti to coincide with this year's "Corpus Christi" holiday. Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

25-May-2016

Nigeria

Nigerian 2016 Democracy Day Public Holidays (Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) - Summary: The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Friday, May 29, 2015, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria, on account of the 2016 Democracy Day non-working public holiday of Nigeria. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

25-May-2016

Bolivia

Bolivian Public Holidays June 26-27 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour has issued the "comunicado 27/2016" which confirms that the upcoming Corpus Christi annual non-working public holiday of Bolivia would be observed on Thursday, May 26, 2016, in all sectors of the Bolivian economy. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

25-May-2016

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Public Holiday December 12 (Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) - Summary: The Sri Lankan Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, following yesterday's Cabinet of Ministers' meeting, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided to declare December 12, 2016, as a national day, in addition to it having been declared as an annual non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka in 2016. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

24-May-2016

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holiday May 30 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, "Compañera" Rosario Murillo, issued a communique declaring that Monday, May 30, 2016, 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. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

24-May-2016

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Public Holiday May 26 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued a communiqué confirming that, as per the current public holidays legislation, Thursday, May 26, 2016, would be an official non-working public holiday in the Dominican Republic on account of the upcoming Día Corpus Christi annual immovable non-working public holiday in the Dominican Republic. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

24-May-2016

Iraq

Iraqi Mulls Public Holidays Overhaul Again (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The Committee Chairman of Iraq's Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, has announced that it was in the process of drafting yet another piece of legislation which would overhaul the public holidays law in Iraq. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

24-May-2016

Ghana

Ghana Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Prosper Bani, has announced that the Government of Ghana had declared Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 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.

23-May-2016

Mongolia

Mongolian Public Holiday June 1 (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: The Mongolian government has announced that Wednesday, June 1, 2016, would be a non-working public holiday in Mongolia, on account of International Children’s Day. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

23-May-2016

Taiwan

Taiwan June 10 Public Holiday Compensation (Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration-Taipei) - Summary: The Directorate General of Personnel Administration has reminded the population that, as per its previously-released official annual calendar of official non-working public holidays in Taiwan for the calendar year 2016, Satuday, June 4, 2016, will be a regular working day in Taiwan, due to the one-off bridge public holiday in Taiwan on Friday, June 10, 2016. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

22-May-2016

Luxembourg

Luxemburg 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Luxemburger Bankenvereinigung-Luxemburg) - Summary: The Luxembourg Bankers' Association (Luxemburger Bankenvereinigung) has issued its annual list of official bank holidays in Luxembourg for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Luxembourg news and updates.

21-May-2016

Mauritius

Mauritius 2017 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 2017. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

21-May-2016

Eritrea

Eritrean Public Holiday May 24 (Source: Ministry of Information of the State of Eritrea-Asmara) - Summary: The Eritrean government has declared Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as an official non-working public holiday in Eritrea on account of the upcoming 25th Independence Anniversary of Eritrea. Links: full story and other Eritrea news and updates.

20-May-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 Canaries Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Diario de Avisos-Santa Cruz De Tenerife) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno of the regional government of Spain's autonomous region of las Islas Canarias, has gazetted the previously-announced official list of 2017 regional non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in the Canaries Islands. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

20-May-2016

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cancels May 23 Public Holiday (Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) - Summary: The Sri Lankan Minister of Home Affairs has announced that, "after considering current inclement weather resulting in floods and landslides in several parts of the country", the Sri Lankan Government had decided to cancel its previously-declared day in lieu non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka granted to public officers on Monday, May 23, 2016, due to the annual Vesak full Moon Poya day of Sri Lanka falling on a Saturday in 2016. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

19-May-2016

Argentina

Argentina Mulls June 17 Public Holiday (Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The Committee on Constitutional Affairs of Argentina's Senate has approved a bill which would declare a new annual non-working public holiday in Argentina on June 17, to commemorate General Martín Miguel de Güemes ("conmemoración al paso a la inmortalidad del general Don Martin de Güemes"). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

18-May-2016

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holiday May 24 (Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced that Tuesday, May 24, 2016, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming "Saints Cyril and Methodius' Day" annual public holiday in Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

18-May-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 Andalucia Public Holidays Announced (Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía-BOJA) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Andalucía has released and gazetted in the BOJA (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía), its annual list of non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia for the calendar year 2017 ("calendario de fiestas laborales en Andalucía para el año 2017"). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

17-May-2016

Ukraine

Ukraine June 2016 Public Holidays (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Ministry of Social Policy of the Ukraine has issued a communiqué confirming and detailing the official list of June 2016 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, as had been announced late last year. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

16-May-2016

Nepal

Nepalese National Day Public Holidays Moved (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal, at its latest cabinet meeting, decided to change the date of the official National Day public holiday in Nepal, from May 28, as recently-announced in the list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2073 (April 2016-April 2017), to the date of the anniversary of the signing of the new constitution last year, on September 20. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

15-May-2016

Tajikistan

Tajikistan Public Holidays Amended (Source: Majlisi namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan-MNMORT) - Summary: Tajikistan’s President, Emomali Rahmon, has issued a decree signing into law the public holidays amendments recently passed by Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament (the Majlisi Namoyandagon) and which declare a new annual non-working public holiday in Tajikistan to mark the presidency of Tajikistan’s longtime ruler Emomali Rakhmon. Links: full story and other Tajikistan news and updates.

14-May-2016

Malaysia

Malaysian State Public Holiday May 15 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Johor Baru) - Summary: Earlier tonight, the State Secretary of Malaysia's State of Johor, Datuk Ismail Karim, has announced that the government of Malaysia's State of Johor had declared that Sunday, May 15, 2016, would be a one-off additional non-working public holiday in the State of Johor, to celebrate tonight's winning by Johor's team of this year's FA Cup. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

13-May-2016

Jordan

Jordanian Bank and Public Holidays May 25 (Source: The Central Bank of Jordan-Amman) - Summary: The Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan has issued the Memorandum 15/2016, Ref.10/2/6720, which announces a bank holiday on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, on account of the annual Independence Day non-working Jordanian public holiday and bank holiday. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

12-May-2016

Liberia

Liberia Public Holiday May 14 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation declaring Saturday, May 14, 2016, as the National Unification Day of the Republic of Liberia non-working public holiday to be observed throughout the Republic as a national holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

11-May-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 Basque Public Holidays Approved (Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco-BOPV) - Summary: The executive of Spain's Basque autonomous region (País Vasco) has approved the recently-released draft of its annual calendar of official regional public holidays and bank holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2017 in Spain's Basque region (calendario oficial de fiestas laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma Vasca). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

11-May-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 Canaries Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario de Avisos-Santa Cruz De Tenerife) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno of the regional government of Spain's autonomous region of las Islas Canarias, has announced its official annual list of 2017 Spanish regional non-working public holidays in the Canaries Islands ("El Consejo de Gobierno de Canarias aprobó ayer el calendario laboral al que a las cuatro fiestas de ámbito nacional se suman siete elegidas por la Comunidad Autónoma"). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

10-May-2016

Comoros

Comoros Public Holiday May 11 (Source: Présidence de l'Union des Comores-Moroni) - Summary: The Comoros Council of Ministers has declared Wednesday, May 11, 2016 as a one-off non-working public holidays in the Comoros ("journée chômée et payée"), on account of the upcoming "partial" presidential election of that same date in the Comoros. Links: full story and other Comoros news and updates.

10-May-2016

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holiday May 27 (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's Minister of Tourism (Ministro de Turismo), Fernando Alvarado, has issued a communique confirming that the upcoming May 24, conmemoración de la Batalla de Pichincha, annual public holiday of Ecuador is a compulsory annual non-working public holiday in Ecuador which will be observed, this year, on Friday, May 27, 2016. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

9-May-2016

Venezuela

Venezuelan May 2016 Public Holidays Extended Further (Source: Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información-Caracas) - Summary: Venezuela's president, Nicolás Maduro, has issued a decree extending the recently-implemented Wednesday-Sunday non-working public holidays weekends for the Venezuelan public sector for another 2 weeks. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

9-May-2016

Uganda

Ugandan Public Holiday May 12 (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda-Kampala) - Summary: The government of Uganda had declared that Thursday, May 12, 2016, would be yet another non-working public holiday in Uganda, this time on account of the upcoming swearing-in ceremony for President Yoweri Museveni. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

8-May-2016

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Shab-e-Barat May 22 (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: Late last night, Bangladesh's National Moon Sighting Committee and Religious Affairs Committee announced that the moon of the month of Shaban had been sighted in Bangladesh's sky earlier that night and therefore that the upcoming Shab-e-Barat (night of fortune and forgiveness) would be observed on Sunday, May 22, 2016, to be accompanied by the corresponding annual non-working public holiday in Bangladesh. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

7-May-2016

Suriname

Suriname Public Holiday May 16 (Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname-Paramarimbo) - Summary: The government of Suriname announced that the upcoming "2e Pinksteren" (Whitmonday) annual non-working public holiday in Suriname would be observed on Monday, May 16, 2016, a date which has been declared a non-working public holiday in Suriname. Links: full story and other Suriname news and updates.

6-May-2016

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Public Holidays May 14-15 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Presidency of the Dominican Republic has issued a decree announcing that, as per the provisions of electoral law, Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, 2016, would be an official non-working electoral public holidays in the Dominican Republic ("establece los días no laborables por el proceso votación el 15 de mayo"). Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

6-May-2016

Djibouti

Djibouti Inaugural Public Holiday May 8 (Source: Secrétariat Général du Gouvernenement, Présidence-Djibouti) - Summary: The Djibouti Presidency has once again issued a decree making the date of the upcoming investiture of recently re-elected President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Sunday, May 8, 2016, a one-off non-working public holiday in Djibouti ("A l'occasion de l'Investiture du Président de la République, Son Excellence Monsieur Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, la journée du Dimanche 08 mai 2016 est déclarée journée fériée, chômée et payée"). Links: full story and other Djibouti news and updates.

5-May-2016

Macau

Macau 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: The government of the Macau SAR has announced its annual full list of official Macau non-working annual public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2017, thus completing the recently-released list of one-off public holidays in Macau for 2017 Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

4-May-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 Galicia Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial de Galicia-DOG) - Summary: The government of Spain's Autonomous Region of Galicia (Consejo de la Xunta de Galicia) has published its annual official list of regional public holidays ("calendario laboral") in Galicia for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

3-May-2016

Thailand

Thailand Public Holiday May 9 (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: The government of Thailand has confirmed the date of the 2016 Royal Ploughing Ceremony annual non-working public holiday, on May 9, 2016, in line with the previously-released list of official annual non-working public holidays in Thailand for the calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

3-May-2016

Bolivia

Bolivia Decrees Extended Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's government has issued a decree, signed by President Evo Morales, which regulates the declaration of one-off day in lieu non-working public holidays in Bolivia, whenever a fixed-date annual non-working public holiday falls on a Sunday ("regula el calendario y traslado de feriados nacionales del país cuando caen en domingo"). Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

2-May-2016

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Public Holiday May 23 (Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) - Summary: The Sri Lankan Minister of Home Affairs has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had decided to declare Monday, May 23, 2016, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka in view of the annual Vesak full Moon Poya day of Sri Lanka falling on a Saturday in 2016. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

2-May-2016

Australia

Australian Territory Day Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: NT Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment-Darwin) - Summary: The Chief Minister of the Government of Australia's Northern Territory, Adam Giles, has announced that he had ruled-out the replacement of the May Day annual non-working public holiday in the Australian Northern Territory, by a new annual non-working Australian public holiday for Territory Day. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

1-May-2016

Palau

Palau Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: The government of Palau has announced that Thursday, May 5, 2016, would be the date of the upcoming Senior Citizens' Day annual non-working public holiday in Palau. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.

1-May-2016

Fiji

Fiji November 11 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Ministry of Information-Suva) - Summary: Fiji's Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has announced that there would be no one-off, or otherwise, non-working public holiday in Fiji, on Friday, November 11, 2016, to commemorate the centennial of the end of the arrival of Indian indentured laborers to Fiji. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

1-May-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 Cataluña Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya-DOGC) - Summary: The Consell Català de Relacions Laborals has released its annual list of the 2017 non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Cataluña (calendario oficial de fiestas laborales para el año 2017), including both the nationwide public holidays in Spain, as well as the Catalonia-specific public holidays in 2017. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

1-May-2016

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2017 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 2017 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong ("General holidays for 2017"), 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.

1-May-2016

Egypt

Egyptian Public Holiday May 2 (Source: Egypt State Information Service-Cairo) - Summary: The Egyptian government has announced that the upcoming Sham el Nessim (Spring Festival) non-working public holiday in Egypt would be observed on Monday, May 2, 2016. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

1-May-2016

Rwanda

Rwanda Public Holiday May 2 (Source: Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) - Summary: The Government of Rwanda has released a communique reminding the population of Rwanda that Monday, May 2, 2016, will be a day in lieu non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda on account of the upcoming annual Rwandan public holiday to mark Workers' Day falling on a Sunday in 2016. Links: full story and other Rwanda news and updates.


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