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Portugal Bill To Restore Public Holidays (Source: Assembleia da República-Lisboa) - Summary: The leader of the Communist Party caucus of Portugal's parliament has introduced a bill that would restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays, whose cancelation was recently ruled constitutional. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.
Kenyan Public Holidays December 12-13 (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: The Kenyan Government's Cabinet Secretary for Sports Art and Culture, Hassan Arero Wario, has issued a communiqué informing the public that, notwithstanding his previous communiqué, the government of Kenya had decided to declare Friday, December 13, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya, as part of the celebrations to mark Kenya's 50th birthday. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.
Seychelles Bank Holiday December 9 (Source: The Central Bank of Seychelles-Victoria) - Summary: The Central Bank of the Seychelles has announced that Monday, December 9, 2013, would be a substitute bank holiday in the Seychelles on account of the annual Immaculate Conception bank holiday falling on a Sunday in 2013. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.
Spain Basque Public Holiday July 25 (Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco-BOPV) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has announced that it has finally decided on July 25 (Santiago Apóstol) as the date of the public holiday, in 2014 at least, to replace the recently-canceled October 25 public holiday, and that it would soon amend the relevant decree ("Decreto 381/2013, de 9 de julio, de la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco/Euskadi, por el que se aprueba el Calendario Oficial de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Euskadi para el año 2014") accordingly. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.
Swaziland Little Incwala Tomorrow (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: The acting Governor of the Ludzidzini Royal Residence has announced that the start of the annual Little Incwala, attended by King Mswati III, will take place tomorrow. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.
Israel Referendum Public Holiday Restored (Source: The Times of Israel-Jerusalem) - Summary: The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation has approved the declaration of a national non-working public holiday in Israel, to coincide with a yet-to-be-announced "land for peace" referendum. Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.
Macedonian Public Holidays December 8-9 (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, December 8, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday for all the citizens of Macedonia on account of the upcoming "St.Kliment Ohridski" Macedonian annual non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.
Indian Capital Public Holiday December 4 (Source: The Hindu-Delhi) - Summary: The Lieutenant-Governor of India's Delhi Capital State, Najeeb Jung, has declared Wednesday, December 4, 2013, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming assembly polls. Links: full story and other India news and updates.
Senegal Magal Public Holiday Becomes Law (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: During yesterday's full session of Senegal's parliament, its members uninamously approved the recent bill ("Projet de loi n°10/2013 complétant et modifiant certaines dispositions de la loi n° 74-52 du 04 novembre 1974 relative à la fête nationale et aux fêtes légales, modifiée") which finally makes the Magal de Touba a new official annual non-working public holiday in Senegal. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.
Romanian 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, has announced a resolution declaring Friday, December 27, 2013, and Friday, January 3, 2014, as additional one-off non-working public sector holidays in Romania. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.