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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates August 2017

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This monthly recap of August 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

19-Aug-2017

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Amends Public Holidays (Source: The Herald-Harare) - Summary: Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister, Ignatius Chombo, has announced that the government of Zimbabwe had amended the annual list of non-working public holidays in Zimbabwe by declaring February 21 as Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, a new annual non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe, in honour of Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, and who was born on February 21, 1924. Links: full story and other Zimbabwe news and updates.

18-Aug-2017

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan 2017 Kurman Ait Public Holiday (Source: Kabar Kyrgyz National News Agency-Bishkek) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic has announced that Friday, September 1, 2017, would be the date of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in Kyrgyzstan on account of the Kurman Ait (Feast of Sacrifice) annual public holiday of Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

18-Aug-2017

Swaziland

Swaziland Umhlanga/Reed Dance 2017 Public Holiday (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's government has announced the date when the upcoming non-working public holiday in Swaziland for the 2017 Umhlanga (aka. Reed Dance) would be observed. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

17-Aug-2017

Suriname

Suriname Id-Ul-Adha Public Holiday September 1 (Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname-Paramarimbo) - Summary: The government of Suriname, via its Minister of the Interior, has announced that the upcoming "Ied Ul Adha" (Feast of Sacrifice) annual non-working public holiday in Suriname would be observed on Friday, September 1, 2017, a date which has been declared a non-working public holiday in Suriname. Links: full story and other Suriname news and updates.

17-Aug-2017

Ukraine

Ukraine August 2017 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 August 2017 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, as had been announced late last year. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

17-Aug-2017

Australia

Australia Mulls Further 2018 ACT Public Holidays Amendments (Source: ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) - Summary: The Indigenous Affairs Minister of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT), Rachel Stephen-Smith, has introduced legislation to further amend the annual list of official non-working public holidays observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) of Australia, by replacing the ACT's September Family and Community Day annual public holiday, with a new Reconciliation Day annual public holiday in Australia's Capital Territory in May. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

16-Aug-2017

Armenia

Armenian Public Holiday September 18 (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Government of Armenia has announced that Monday, September 18, 2017, would once again be a non-working public holiday in Armenia, on account of the upcoming Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord feast (Khachverats), to be compensated by declaring Saturday, September 23, 2017, as a regular working day in Armenia. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

16-Aug-2017

Morocco

Morocco 2017 Aid Al Adha Public Holidays Preview (Source: Agence Maroc Arabe Presse-Rabat) - Summary: The Government of Morocco, through its "ministère de la fonction publique et de la modernisation de l'administration", has ruled-out the declaration of an additional non-working public holiday in Morocco, on Monday, September 4, 2017, for the upcoming 2017 Aid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holidays in Morocco, even if the final date of the Aid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holiday fall on Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3, 2017. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.

16-Aug-2017

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Extends 2017 Eid al Adha Public Holidays (Source: Saudi Press Agency-SPA) - Summary: The government of Saudi Arabia has announced that this year's Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public sector holidays would be extended by 6 days, beginning at the end of the working day on Dhul Hijjah 2, and with the last day of the 2017 annual Eid al Adha public holidays of Saudi Arabia being Dhul Hijjah 15. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

15-Aug-2017

Moldova

Moldova Mulls September 1 Public Holiday (Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat-Moldpres) - Summary: Moldova's Cabinet has yet to decide whether or not to declare Friday, September 1, 2017, as a one-off bridge public sector holiday in Moldova to link the weekend to the annual August 31 National Language Day public holiday of Moldova. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

15-Aug-2017

Turkey

Turkey Extends 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (Source: Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) - Summary: Following today's cabinet meeting, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman, Bekir Bozdag, announced that the Turkish cabinet had decided to extend the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays of Turkey in 2017 to last 10 days. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

14-Aug-2017

Guinea

Guinea Conakry Public Holiday August 15 (Source: Portail Officiel du Gouvernement de la République de Guinée-Conakry) - Summary: The government of Guinea Conakry, through its Minister of Labour and of the Public Sector ("le ministère en charge de la fonction publique, de la reforme de l’Etat et de la modernisation de l’administration"), has announced that Tuesday, August 15, 2017, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Guinea Conakry on account of the upcoming "Assomption". Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

14-Aug-2017

Fiji

Fiji 2018 Public Holidays Announced And Gazetted (Source: Ministry of Information-Suva) - Summary: The Fiji Governing Cabinet has approved, through Gazette Notice No. 79, dated from last Friday, its annual list of the dates of official non-working public holidays in Fiji for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

13-Aug-2017

Turkey

Turkey 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Extension Update (Source: Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) - Summary: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the decision to extend, or not, the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays of Turkey, as was done last year, would be taken at, and announced immediately after, the upcoming cabinet meeting of Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

13-Aug-2017

Jordan

Jordan Public Holiday August 15 (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: The Jordanian cabinet of the government of Jordan has announced that Tuesday, August 15, 2017, had been declared a non-working public holiday in Jordan on account of that day's decentralized and municipal elections. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

12-Aug-2017

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday August 14 (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, August 14, 2017, would be another bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "Asunción de Nuestra Señora") annual bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

11-Aug-2017

Cameroon

Cameroon Public Holidays August 14-15 (Source: Présidence de la République du Cameroun-Yaoundé) - Summary: The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, has signed another decree declaring Monday, August 14, 2017, as a bridge non-working public holiday (feriée chômée sur toute l'étendue du territoire de la république du Cameroun) to link the annual upcoming, August 15, non-working public holiday of Cameroon to the preceding weekend. Links: full story and other Cameroon news and updates.

11-Aug-2017

Gabon

Gabonese Public Holidays August 15-17 (Source: Gouvernement de la République Gabonaise-Libreville) - Summary: Gabon's Ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Prévoyance Sociale has announced that the upcoming annual National Day non-working public holidays in Gabon would run from Wednesday, August 15, 2017, until Friday, August 17, 2017. Links: full story and other Gabon news and updates.

10-Aug-2017

El Salvador

El Salvador August 15 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Asamblea Legislativa de la República de El Salvador-San Salvador) - Summary: El Salvador's legislative assembly has a bill by the president of the FMLN group, Sánchez Cerén, to declare Tuesdya, August 15, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in el Salvador, to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

10-Aug-2017

Spain

Spain 2018 Cantabria Public Holidays Announced (Source: Consejería de Economía y Hacienda del Gobierno de Cantabria -Santander) - Summary: The Consejería de Economía y Hacienda del Gobierno de Cantabria has gazetted its annual list of 2018 annual non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in Spain's Autonomous Region of Cantabria. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

10-Aug-2017

Bénin

Benin Public Holiday August 15 (Source: Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin-Cotonou) - Summary: The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Tuesday, August 15, 2017, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "fête de l'Assomption" annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin. Links: full story and other Bénin news and updates.

10-Aug-2017

Botswana

Botswana Announces Makwala Public Holiday (Source: Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) - Summary: Botswana's Sports Minister, Thapelo Olopeng, has announced that a one-off public holiday in Botswana would be declared to honour Isaac Makwala's performance at the World Athletics Championship Links: full story and other Botswana news and updates.

9-Aug-2017

Spain

Spain 2018 Castilla La-Mancha Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial de Castilla-La Mancha-DOCM) - Summary: The Consejera de Gobierno de Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla La-Mancha, through the regional vice-president, José Luis Martínez Guijarro, has announced the annual list of regional non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Región of Castilla La-Mancha for the upcoming calendar year 2018 ("calendario laboral de las fiestas laborales de carácter retribuido y no recuperable en el año 2018, en Castilla-La Mancha"). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

9-Aug-2017

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Mulls August 31 Public Holiday (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan is reported to be considering the declaration of Thursday, August 31, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kazakhstan, to link the upcoming annual Constitution Day non-working public holiday of Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, with this year's Kurban-ait (Feast of Sacrifice) on Friday, September 1, 2017, and adjoining weekend. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

9-Aug-2017

Iraq

Iraqi Public Holiday August 10 (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The Iraqi Government, via the Iraqi Cabinet, has once again declared a mandatory non-working public holiday in Iraq, on Thursday, August 10, 2017, due to forecasted high temperatures. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

9-Aug-2017

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Confirms August 16 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has once again issued a communiqué announcing that, as per the current public holidays legislation, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, would be the date of the official annual non-working public holiday in the Dominican Republic on account of the upcoming Día de la Restauración non-working public holiday of the Dominican Republic. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

8-Aug-2017

Turkey

Turkey Mulls 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Extension (Source: Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) - Summary: After a 2017 End of Ramadan which covered 2 weekend days, the tourism industry of Turkey is calling on the government of Turkey to extend the upcoming Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, in Arabic, or Kurban Bayrami, in Turkish) non-working public holidays in Turkey, as was done in recent years. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

7-Aug-2017

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Emancipation Day Public Holidays Ruled-Out (Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs-St. John's) - Summary: The Festivals and Culture Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, E. P. Chet Greene, has ruled-out the declaration of a new official non-working public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda on Emancipation Day. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

6-Aug-2017

Australia

Australia Mulls NSW Aboriginal Public Holiday (Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation-ABC) - Summary: The Shadow Minister for Human Services of the Labor Party of Australia's State of New South Wales, Linda Burney, has announced that, in the event of a victory by the Labor Party in the 2019 NSW state elections, the government of New South Wales would declare a new non-working public holiday to celebrate the culture, people and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

5-Aug-2017

Argentina

Argentina Mulls October 31 Public Holiday (Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: A bill has been introduced into Argentina's Lower House (Cámara de Diputados), by MP Marcelo Daletto (UCR), which add a new annual non-working public holiday in Argentina on October 31st, to mark the "Día de las Iglesias Evangélicas". Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

4-Aug-2017

Jamaica

Jamaican Public Holiday August 6-7 (Source: Jamaica Information Service-JIS) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica, has announced that the upcoming Independence Day non-working public holiday of Jamaica would be observed on Monday, August 7, 2017. Links: full story and other Jamaica news and updates.

3-Aug-2017

Bolivia

Bolivian Public Holidays August 6-7 (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Elizabeth Molina, has issued a communiqué announcing that Monday, August 7, 2017, would be observed as an official non-working public holiday ("feriado con suspensión de actividades públicas y privadas") to commemorate the "Día de la Patria", which falls on a Sunday in 2017. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

2-Aug-2017

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Mulls Mid-Week Public Holidays Repeal (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Dominican Republic National Assembly, in an emergency joint session, has passed yet another bill that would remove some of the non-working public holidays of the Dominican Republic, this time almost all, from the scope of the law No.139-97 which moves some mid-week public holidays in the Dominican Republic ("proyecto de ley que modifica los artículos 2 y 4 de la Ley No.139-97, para que los días feriados del calendario que coincidan con los días martes, miércoles, jueves o viernes sean trasladados de fecha, para excluir el 6 de enero, Día de Reyes; el 26 de enero, Día de Duarte; el primero de mayo, Día del Trabajo ; y 6 de noviembre, Día de la Constitución, del ámbito de los días feriados sujetos a traslado"). Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

2-Aug-2017

Paraguay

Paraguay August 15 Public Holiday Re-Confirmed (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: The Paraguayan Presidency has released yet another communique confirming that, notwithstanding the Decreto Presidencial N° 9393, the upcoming Día de la fundación de Asunción Paraguayan annual non-working public holiday would remain on its set date of Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

1-Aug-2017

Kenya

Kenyan Public Holiday August 8 (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: Kenya's Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, has announced that Tuesday, August 8, 2017 has been declared a public holiday in Kenya to coincide with the upcoming general elections. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

1-Aug-2017

Malaysia

Malaysian 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Laman Web Rasmi Bahagian Kabinet Jabatan Perdana Menteri-Kuala Lumpur) - Summary: Malaysia's Cabinet's and the Constitution and Government Relations Department of the Prime Minister's Office have jointly issued the annual official Federal Public Holidays Schedule 2018 and State Public Holiday Schedule 2018 containing the list of official national non-working public holidays in Malaysia for the calendar year 2018 as well as the state-specific regional non-working public holidays in Malaysia for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.


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