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This monthly recap of May 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

22-May-2015

Paraguay

Paraguay Mulls Papal Public Holidays (Source: Honorable Cámara de Diputados del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: The Paraguayan Senate has approved a motion to declare Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, 2015, as one-off non-working public holidays in Paraguay on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis in Paraguay. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

22-May-2015

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Government of Gibraltar Press Office-Gibraltar) - Summary: The Government of Gibraltar has announced that Monday, May 25, 2015, would be the Spring Bank Holiday, an official non-working public holiday in Gibraltar. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

22-May-2015

Australia

Australian 2016 QLD Public Holidays Amended Again (Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) - Summary: The Department of Justice and Attorney-General of Australia's State of Queensland has issued a revised list of the dates of the annual non-working public holidays for 2016 in Australia's State of Queensland. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

22-May-2015

Singapore

Singapore 2016 Public Holidays Updated (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Following the recent declaration by Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of its annual list of non-working public holidays in Singapore for the upcoming calendar year 2016, and confirmation of the 2015 Deepavali public holiday date in Singapore, the MOM today announced that, in a break with past announcements of public holidays in Singapore, the October 29, 2016, Deepavali date would not be subjected to change. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

21-May-2015

Paraguay

Paraguayan June 15 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: The Paraguayan head of presidential decrees, Edgar Rodas, has released a communique confirming that the date of the upcoming Día de la Paz del Chaco public holiday would not be moved to Monday, June 15, 2015, as per the terms of the previously-released "Decreto número 2.755". Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

21-May-2015

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holidays May 24-25 (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 Sunday, May 24, 2015, 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.

20-May-2015

Ghana

Ghana AU Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Mark Woyongo, has announced that, earlier today, President John Dramani Mahama had declared Monday, May 25, 2015, had been declared 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.

20-May-2015

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Shab-e-Barat June 2 (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 Tuesday, June 2, 2015, to be accompanied by the corresponding annual non-working public holiday in Bangladesh. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

19-May-2015

El Salvador

El Salvador May 22-23 Public Holidays Approved (Source: Presidencia de la República de El Salvador-San Salvador) - Summary: The President of El Salvador has announced that the Salvadorean Congress had approved the draft decree to declare May 22 and 23, 2015, as one-off public holidays in El Salvador on account of the upcoming beatification of monseñor Romero ("Se ha aprobado el asueto y con ello se facilita a los salvadoreños que así lo deseen asistan al acto de beatificación de monseñor Romero"). Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

19-May-2015

Malaysia

Malaysian KTN Public Holiday May 24 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Pengkalan Kubor) - Summary: The Chief Minister of the government of Malaysia's State of Kelantan, Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, has declared Sunday, May 24, 2015, as another one-off state public holiday in Malaysia's State of Kelantan in conjunction with the upcoming Kelantan meeting with Lions XII in the FA Cup final in Kuala Lumpur. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

18-May-2015

Fiji

Fiji Mulls Rugby Public Holiday (Source: Ministry of Information-Suva) - Summary: Following last night's win by Fiji won of the World Sevens Series title, Fiji's Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, has announced that a decision will be made soon on the scale of preparations to honor the World Sevens Series champions, and whether this will include the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in Fiji. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

16-May-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 Aragon Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Gobierno de Aragón-Zaragoza) - Summary: The government of Spain's autonomous region of Aragon has gazetted (BOA de 14 de mayo de 2015) its previously-announced annual list of regional non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) for the upcoming calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

16-May-2015

Jordan

Jordanian Bank Holiday May 25 (Source: The Central Bank of Jordan-Amman) - Summary: The Governor of the Central Bank of Jordan has issued the Memorandum 15/2015, ref.10/2/5925, which announces a bank holiday on Monday, May 25, 2015, on account of the annual Independence Day non-working Jordanian public holiday and bank holiday. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

16-May-2015

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday May 18 (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 18, 2015, would be another bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "Celebración de la Ascensión del Señor" bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

15-May-2015

El Salvador

El Salvador May 22-23 Public Holidays Update 2 (Source: Presidencia de la República de El Salvador-San Salvador) - Summary: Details of the draft decree, submitted to the National Assembly earlier this week by the Minister of the Interior of El Salvador, Aristides Valencia, have been released, with a clarification of the extent of the May 22 proposed one-off public holiday in El Salvador, and an extension of the scope of the May 23 proposed one-off public holiday in El Salvador. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

15-May-2015

Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2015 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 tomorrow Saturday, May 16, 2015, as the date for this year's annual Ratting Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

14-May-2015

Macau

Macau Extra Public Holiday September 3 (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Government has followed yesterday's separate announcements by China and Hong Kong that September 3, 2015, would be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in China and Hong Kong to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, by announcing that Thursday, September 3, 2015, would also be a one-off non-working public holiday in Macau. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

13-May-2015

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Mulls September 3 Public Holiday (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: Hong Kong's Labour Department has followed China's earlier announcement that September 3, 2015, would be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in China, by announcing yesterday that it would submit a bill to the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) later this month to also make the day of September 3, 2015, a non-working public holiday in Hong Kong. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

13-May-2015

El Salvador

El Salvador May 22-23 Public Holidays Update (Source: Presidencia de la República de El Salvador-San Salvador) - Summary: Initial comments from members of El Salvador's newly installed legislature tend to indicate widespread support for the proposed declaration of May 22-23, 2015, as one-off non-working public holidays in El Salvador, on account of the upcoming beatification of Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

13-May-2015

China

China 2015 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: Following this morning's announcement by the Chinese government of a national holiday for this year's celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II, China's General Office of the State Council has released an amended list of China's official annual non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

13-May-2015

Mayotte

Mayotte Extra Public Holiday May 15 (Source: Conseil départemental de Mayotte-Mamoudzou) - Summary: The President of the French department of Mayotte, Soibahadine Ibrahim Ramadani, has announced that Friday, May 15, 2015, would be an additional one-off non-working public holiday in Mayotte. Links: full story and other Mayotte news and updates.

12-May-2015

Singapore

Singapore 2016 Public Holidays Released (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has finally released the official list of non-working public holidays in Singapore for the upcoming calendar year 2016 which, for a second consecutive year, does not include an error in the date of the 2016 Deepavali public holiday in Singapore. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

12-May-2015

Switzerland

Switzerland March 16 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Décisions du Conseil fédéral-Berne) - Summary: The Conseil fédéral (the Executive Federal Council of Switzerland) has turned-down a proposal by Bern region Green MP, Aline Trede, to declare March 16 as a new annual non-working federal public holiday in Switzerland. Links: full story and other Switzerland news and updates.

12-May-2015

Lebanon

Lebanon Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms-Republic of Lebanon) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Tammam Salam, has issued a communique declaring Monday, May 25, 2015, as a non-working public holiday in Lebanon on the occasion of "Liberation Day". Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

12-May-2015

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Public Holidays May 16-17 (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The "Ministre de l’Emploi, du Travail et de la Prévoyance Sociale" of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that Saturday, May 16, 2015, would be non-working public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on account of the annual "Révolution du 17 mai 1997" annual non-working public holiday in the DRC falling on a Sunday in 2015. Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

11-May-2015

Singapore

Singapore 2015 Public Holidays Confirmed (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has confirmed the full official list of non-working public holidays in Singapore for the upcoming calendar year 2015 which had been released a year ago, as tentative, due to the usual uncertainty in the determination of the Deepavali public holiday in Singapore. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

11-May-2015

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday May 13 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor-Leste has announced that it had decided to amend the list of 2015 public holidays in Timor Lest by declaring a one-off non-working public sector holiday in Timor Leste (toleránsia pontu) on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, on account of the community celebration of "Our Lady of Fatima and Her message to the People". Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

11-May-2015

Liberia

Liberian Public Holiday May 11 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: Late last night, the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, issued a Proclamation declaring Monday, May 11, 2015, as another one-off non-working public holiday in Liberia to commemorate Liberia being declared Ebola-free. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

10-May-2015

Oman

Omani 2015 Prophet's Ascension Public Holiday (Source: Oman News Agency-Muscat) - Summary: Omani authorities have announced the date of the upcoming 2015 annual non-working public holiday in Oman for the Prophet's Ascension (Al Isra’a Wal Miraj) for both the private sector and the public sector of Oman. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

10-May-2015

El Salvador

El Salvador Mulls May 22-23 Public Holidays (Source: Presidencia de la República de El Salvador-San Salvador) - Summary: The spokesperson for the President of El Salvador (Secretario de Comunicaciones de la Presidencia), Eugenio Chicas, has announced that the decision as to whether to declare one-off non-working public holidays in El Salvador, on account of the upcoming beatification of Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, would be made by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, once the National Assembly is back in session. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

9-May-2015

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Elections June 8 (Source: British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office-BVI) - Summary: The British Virgin Islands' Acting Governor, V. Inez Archibald, has issued a proclamation announcing that the upcoming general election in the British Virgin Islands would be held on Monday, June 8, 2015. Links: full story and other British Virgin Islands news and updates.

9-May-2015

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2016 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 2016 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, 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.

8-May-2015

Kuwait

Kuwaiti May 17 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission (CSC) has declared, Saturday, May 16, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in Kuwait on account of the upcoming Ascension of Prophet Muhammad Israa wal Meraj annual public holiday of Kuwait. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

7-May-2015

UAE

UAE 2015 Israa wal Mairaj Public Holiday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE Government has announced that the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Israa wal Mairaj had been declared as Saturday, May 16, 2015. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

6-May-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 Aragon Public Holidays Announced (Source: Gobierno de Aragón-Zaragoza) - Summary: The government of Spain's autonomous region of Aragon has announced its annual list of regional non-working public holidays (fiestas laborales, de carácter retribuido y no recuperables e inhábiles, para el año 2016 en la comunidad) for the upcoming calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

5-May-2015

Bolivia

Bolivian Papal Public Holidays Update (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's President, Evo Morales, has confirmed that the Bolivian Government was studying the declaration of one or more nationwide non-working public holidays in Bolivia, on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, and the mass the Pope is scheduled to hold in Santa Cruz. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

4-May-2015

Guyana

Guyana Public Holiday May 11 (Source: Guyana Government Information Agency-GINA) - Summary: The Ministry of Home Affairs of Guyana, via the Minister of Home Affairs of Guyana, Clement J. Rohee, has finally announced that, as per Section 6 of the Public Holiday Act, Monday, May 11, 2015 had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Guyana in observance of the upcoming General and Regional Elections. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.

4-May-2015

Canada

Canada Terry Fox Public Holiday Update (Source: Office of the Premier of the Province of Manitoba-Winipeg) - Summary: The Selinger government of Canada's Province of Manitoba has gone ahead and, as promised, introduced legislation to rename the annual August non-statutory public holiday, commonly called Civic Holiday, in honor of Terry Fox. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

3-May-2015

Syria

Syrian Public Holiday May 6 (Source: Syrian Arab News Agency-SANA) - Summary: Syria’s Prime Minister has issued a statement declaring a non-working public holiday in Syria on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, on the occasion of the upcoming Martyrs' Day annual non-working public holiday of Syria. Links: full story and other Syria news and updates.

2-May-2015

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) - Summary: The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Tuesday, May 5, 2015, would be a non-working public holiday in Ethiopia on account of the annual Ethiopian non-working public holiday for Arbegnoch Qen (Victory Day). Links: full story and other Ethiopia news and updates.

1-May-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 Asturias Public Holidays Announced (Source: Boletín Oficial del Principado de Asturias-BOPA) - Summary: The Principado de Asturias autonomous region of Spain has announced its annual list of regional non-working public holidays in Spain's autonomous regions of the Asturias, for the upcoming calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.


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