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This monthly recap of February 2015 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-2015

Maldives

Maldives March 2 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Maldives President's Office Press Release-Male) - Summary: The Office of the President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has not yet issued a press communique indicating that, in line with past practice, though not last year's, Monday, March 2, 2015, would be declared a one-off public holiday in the Maldives to coincide with the year's first sitting of the People’s Majlis. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

27-Feb-2015

East Timor

Timor Leste 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Komunikadu Imprensa Sekretaria Estadu Konsellu Ministru Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has issued a press communiqué containing its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Timor Leste for the calendar year 2015 (Feriadu sira iha tinan 2015). Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

26-Feb-2015

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Public Holiday March 2 (Source: Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina News-Sarajevo) - Summary: The governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina has announced that Monday, March 2, 2015, would be another additional day in lieu non-working public holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

26-Feb-2015

Tonga

Tongan Public Holiday March 2 (Source: Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications-Nuku'alofa) - Summary: Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué that the Tongan Cabinet has declared Monday, March 2, 2015, as a one-off official non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark the "appointment of His Eminence Cardinal Soane Patita Mafi to the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church". Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

25-Feb-2015

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Public Holidays March 7-9 (Source: Ministry of Labor Employment and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic-Bishkek) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic has announced that the Government of Kyrgyzstan had decided to declare another additional non-working public holiday in Kyrgyzstan on Monday, March 9, 2015, effectively transferring the upcoming Women's Day annual public holiday of Kyrgyzstan from Sunday March 8. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

24-Feb-2015

Armenia

Armenian 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Government of Armenia has announced the annual list of official public holidays in Armenia for the calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

23-Feb-2015

Philippines

Philippines 2015 EDSA Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The government of the Philippines has once again confirmed that, despite many reports to the contrary, the upcoming EDSA Special Holiday was restricted to schools only, and that Wednesday, February 25, 2015, would therefore be a regular working day in the Philippines, and not a non-working public holiday in the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

22-Feb-2015

Indonesia

Indonesian 2015 Public Holidays Amended Again (Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat-Jakarta) - Summary: The Government of Indonesia's Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, announced that it had once again amended the previously-gazetted annual decree (Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama Tahun 2015) designating public holidays and collective leave days ("cuti bersama") for the calendar year 2015, for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

21-Feb-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 Murcia Public Holidays Announced (Source: Dirección General de Trabajode la Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia-Murcia) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of La Murcia has released its annual calendar of official non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) for the upcoming calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

20-Feb-2015

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan 2015 Novruz Public Holidays Extended (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: The Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers has issued a decision, once again extending the upcoming 2015 Novruz non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan to 9 consecutive days of non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

20-Feb-2015

Vanuatu

Vanuatu February 23 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Government of Vanuatu-Port Vila) - Summary: The Public Relations Officer of the Government of Vanuatu, Kiery Manassah, in an email sent by the Ministry of Education and Training, announced that, this time, despite the annual Vanuatu non-working public holiday for Father Lini Day falling on a Saturday, there would be no compensatory non-working public holiday in Vanuatu on Monday, February 23, 2015. Links: full story and other Vanuatu news and updates.

19-Feb-2015

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 Wednesday and Thursday, February 25 and 26, 2015, as non-working public holidays for the upcoming National Day and Liberation Day annual public holidays, without, this time, an additional bridge public holiday to link the upcoming National Day and Liberation Day annual public holidays to a nearby weekend in Kuwait. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

18-Feb-2015

Jordan

Jordanian Public Holiday February 19 (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, has issued a circular decreeing another one-off non-working public holiday in Jordan for tomorrow, Thursday, February 19, 2015, due to freezing weather conditions stemming from a polar front that brought heavy rain across the country and is forecast to bring snow in most areas tomorrow. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

17-Feb-2015

Australia

Australian NT Rules-Out July 1st Public Holiday (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, despite his 2014 announcement to the contrary, he was dropping the idea of making July 1st, NT's Territory Day, a new annual non-working public holiday in Australia's Northern Territory. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

17-Feb-2015

Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Public Holiday February 18 (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis-Basseterre) - Summary: The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has finally announced that Team Unity Leader and Prime Minister-Elect, Timothy Harris, had advised the Governor General, Sir Edmund W. Lawrence, to declare Wednesday, February 18, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in St. Kitts and Nevis, "in commemoration of the People’s victory". Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

16-Feb-2015

Cape Verde

Cape Verde Public Holidays February 17-18 (Source: Ministro da Administração Interna-República de Cabo Verde) - Summary: The Government of Cape Verde, through the Gabinete do Secretário de Estado da Administração Pública, has declared one-off non-working public holidays (tolerância de ponto) on account of the upcoming Carnival and subsequent Ash Wednesday (na quadra carnavalesca e na celebração do dia das Cinzas). Links: full story and other Cape Verde news and updates.

16-Feb-2015

Uganda

Uganda To Amend Public Holidays Legislation (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda-Kampala) - Summary: Uganda's President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has announced that, beginning next year, February 16 would be a new annual non-working public holiday in Uganda, in honour of Archbishop Janani Luwum who was killed on February 16, 1977, during Idi Amin’s rule. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

16-Feb-2015

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday February 18 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to grant an additional, half day, day-off public sector holiday (Governu Konstitusionál Timor-Leste nian deside fó toleránsia pontu iha loron 18 fulan Fevereiru tinan 2015, to’o oras 12) for Ash Wednesday, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, to to all employees of ministries, departments and State agencies including all State institutes and bodies. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

15-Feb-2015

Australia

Australian Queensland Labour Day Public Holiday Update (Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) - Summary: The recently sworn-in Palaszczuk government of the Australian State of Queensland, has confirmed that it was planning to make further amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, so that, perhaps as early as this year, the Labour Day annual public holiday, in the State of Queensland, would no longer be observed on the first Monday in October. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

Singapore

Singapore Thaipusam Public Holiday Update (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued a formal response to recent calls to have Thaipusam re-instated into the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Singapore. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

New Caledonia

France Votes New Caledonia Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other New Caledonia news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

Réunion

France Votes Reunion Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Réunion news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

Saint Barthélemy

France Votes Saint-Barthélémy Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Saint Barthélemy news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

French Guiana

France Votes French Guiana Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other French Guiana news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

Saint Martin

France Votes Saint-Martin Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Saint Martin news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

Guadeloupe

France Votes Guadeloupe Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Guadeloupe news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

Martinique

France Votes Martinique Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Martinique news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

Mayotte

France Votes Mayotte Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Mayotte news and updates.

14-Feb-2015

France

France Votes Public Holidays Amendment (Source: Le Monde-Paris) - Summary: France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other France news and updates.

13-Feb-2015

Seychelles

Seychelles 2015 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: The Central Bank of Seychelles-Victoria) - Summary: The Central Bank of the Seychelles has released its annual list of the official bank holidays in the Seychelles for the current calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.

12-Feb-2015

Thailand

Thailand Bank Holiday May 4 (Source: The Bank of Thailand-Bangkok) - Summary: The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has announced that Monday, May 4, 2015, had also been declared another additional, one-off non-working bank holiday for all banks and financial institutions throughout Thailand. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

11-Feb-2015

Greece

Greece Extends Annual Public Holidays (Source: Kathimerini-Athens) - Summary: Greece's new Minister of Labour, Panos Skurletis, has announced that, as part of his government's policies, the Greek government had decided to declare all Sundays of the year as official non-working public holidays in Greece. Links: full story and other Greece news and updates.

11-Feb-2015

Bolivia

Bolivian Public Holidays February 16-17 (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's government has issued a communique confirming Monday and Tuesday, February 16 and 17, 2015, as the dates of the upcoming Carnival non-working public holidays in Bolivia for the private sector and for the Bolivian public sector. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

10-Feb-2015

Liberia

Liberian Armed Forces Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, as the date of the upcoming Armed Forces Day, a non-working public holiday to be observed throughout the country as a national holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

9-Feb-2015

Haiti

Haiti 2015 Carnival Public Holidays (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 has announced that Haiti's President had issued an Executive Order declaring the afternoon of Monday, February 16, and all day Wednesday, February 18, 2015, as additional one-off non-working public holidays to coincide with this year's Carnival public holidays in Haiti. Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

9-Feb-2015

Qatar

Qatari Public Holiday February 10 (Source: Qatari News Agency-QNA) - Summary: Qatar's Emiri Diwan has confirmed that Tuesday, February 10, 2015, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Qatar on account of the upcoming 2015 National Sport Day non-working public holiday of Qatar. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

8-Feb-2015

Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast Afcon Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Gouvernement de Côte d'Ivoire-Abijan) - Summary: The President of the Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, has declared tomorrow, Monday, February 9, 2015, as another one-off non-working public holiday in the Ivory Coast on account of today's victory of the Ivory Coast football team in the Africa Cup of Nations final. Links: full story and other Côte d'Ivoire news and updates.

8-Feb-2015

Lebanon

Lebanon Hariri Bank Holiday February 14 (Source: Association des Banques du Liban-ABL) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Lebanon has announced that Saturday, February 14, 2015, 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.

7-Feb-2015

Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis-Basseterre) - Summary: The Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced its annual list of official non-working public holidays in St. Kitts and Nevis for the calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

6-Feb-2015

Malta

Malta 2015 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Malta Bankers Association-Valetta) - Summary: Malta Bankers' Association has released its annual list of bank holidays in Malta for the calendar year 2015, dates when banks in Malta will be closed in addition to the previously-announced 2015 general non-working public holidays in Malta for the calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

5-Feb-2015

Madagascar

Madagascar 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's Conseil de Gouvernement has approved the "Décret fixant la liste des jours fériés, chômés et payés au titre de l'année 2015", which officially declares the list of non-working public holidays in Madagascar for the calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.

4-Feb-2015

Brazil

Brazil 2015 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Ministério do Planejamento Orçamento e Gestão-Brasilia) - Summary: The Federal Government of Brazil, through its Ministério do Planejamento, Orçamento e Gestão, has gazetted its previously-released annual list of the official Brazilian non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

3-Feb-2015

Lebanon

Lebanon Public Holiday February 9 (Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms-Republic of Lebanon) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Government of Lebanon, Tammam Salam, has declared Monday, February 9, 2015, as the date of the annual non-working public holiday to mark Saint Maron. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

2-Feb-2015

Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Clarifies February 5 Public Holiday (Source: Turks and Caicos Office Of Public Service Management-Providenciales) - Summary: The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Rufus Ewing, has issued a statement clarifying the status and observance of the recently-declared, February 5, 2015, non-working public holiday by the Government Cabinet of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Links: full story and other Turks and Caicos Islands news and updates.

1-Feb-2015

Honduras

Honduras Half-Day Public Holiday February 3 (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' Secretario de Estado en los Despachos de Derechos Humanos Justicia y Gobernación y Descentralización, Rigoberto Chang Castillo, has once again announced an executive decree making the afternoon of Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 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.


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