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This monthly recap of January 2017 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

15-Jan-2017

Macedonia

Macedonian 2017 Theophany Public Holiday (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 Thursday, January 19, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday for believers of the Orthodox religion in Macedonia on account of the upcoming Orthodox Epiphany (Theophany or Vodici) annual sectorial non-working public holiday of Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

14-Jan-2017

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Public Holidays January 16-17 (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The "Ministère de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Prévoyance Sociale" of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has announced that Monday and Tuesday, January 16-17, 2017, would be non-working public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

13-Jan-2017

Kosovo

Kosovo 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: The Kosovo Banking Association-Shoqata e Bankave të Kosovës) - Summary: The Kosovo Banking Association (Shoqata e Bankave të Kosovës) has, in turn, announced its annual list of bank holidays in Kosovo for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Kosovo news and updates.

13-Jan-2017

India

Indian Tamil Nadu Public Holiday January 17 (Source: Government of Tamil Nadu-Chennai) - Summary: The Chief Secretary of the Government of India's state of Tamil Nadu, Girija Vaithiyanathan, has released a Government Order declaring a one-off non-working public holiday in India's state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, to mark the birth centenary of former Chief Minister and AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

13-Jan-2017

Tanzania

Tanzanian 2017 Bank Holidays Released (Source: Bank of Tanzania-Dar es Salaam) - Summary: The Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania's Central Bank, has, in turn, released its annual list of closed bank holidays in Tanzania for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Tanzania news and updates.

13-Jan-2017

Canada

Canada NB Family Day Public Holiday Update (Source: Province of New Brunswick-Moncton) - Summary: It would seem that the plans to declare a new annual "Family Day" non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, beginning in 2017, announced by the Minister of Social Development of Canada's Province of New Brunswick, Cathy Rogers, have been shelved, at the very least, for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

12-Jan-2017

South Korea

South Korea Encourages May 2017 Public Holidays (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor of the Government of South Korea has announced that it was encouraging employers and employee unions to come to an agreement whereby Tuesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 4, 2017, could be treated as temporary non-working public holidays in South Korea, thus creating a 9-day period of non-working public holidays in South Korea, from Saturday, April 29, until Sunday, May 7, 2017. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

12-Jan-2017

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines Mull February 14 Public Holiday (Source: Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines-Saint Vincent) - Summary: The Minister of transport and Works of the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senator Julian Francis, has announced that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves will soon be proposing to the Cabinet of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the declaration of Tuesday, February 14, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Links: full story and other Saint Vincent and the Grenadines news and updates.

12-Jan-2017

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands 2017 Public Holidays Released (Source: Office of the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands-Majuro) - Summary: The government of the Marshall Islands has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in the Marshall Islands for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Marshall Islands news and updates.

12-Jan-2017

Aruba

Aruba 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Governor of Aruba-Oranjestad) - Summary: The government of Aruba has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Aruba for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Aruba news and updates.

11-Jan-2017

Seychelles

Seychelles 2017 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 calendar year 2017 as related to the list of official public holidays in the Seychelles. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.

11-Jan-2017

Malaysia

Malaysian Sarawak Public Holiday January 12 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuching) - Summary: The Deputy Chief Minister of the state Government of Malaysia's state of Sarawak, Abang Johari Tun Openg, has announced that following today's passing away of Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem, a one-off non-working public holiday had been declared in Malaysia's state of Sarawak on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

11-Jan-2017

Nepal

Nepal To Review Official Public Holidays (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: Nepal's Minister for Information and Communications, Surendra Karki, has announced that, at today's Nepalese Government Cabinet meeting, the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs had been tasked with the review of the number of public holidays enjoyed by the government employees on various festivals and other special occasions. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

11-Jan-2017

Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan 2017 Public Holidays Released (Source: The CNMI Civil Service Commission and Office of Personnel Management-CNMIOPM) - Summary: The Governor of Saipan (CNMI), Victor B. Hocog, has released the list of official annual non-working public holidays in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (aka. CNMI or Saipan), for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Northern Mariana Islands news and updates.

11-Jan-2017

Australia

South Australian 2019 Public Holidays Released (Source: Government of South Australia SafeWork SA-Adelaide) - Summary: The Government of the Australian State of South Australia has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in the Australian State of South Australia for the calendar year 2019, including the current status of Adelaide Cup public holiday. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

11-Jan-2017

India

Indian 2017 Central Public Holidays Amended (Source: The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions-New Delhi) - Summary: India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has bowed to public pressure from within Tamil Nadu and has amended the previously-released list of public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India in Tamil Nadu, for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

10-Jan-2017

Mali

Mali Public Holiday Janauary 13 (Source: Primature Portail Officiel du Gouvernement du Mali-Bamako) - Summary: The Labour Ministry of the Government of Mali has issued a tweet (#SommetAF2017) declaring Friday, January 13, 2017, as a one-off non-working day in lieu public holiday in Mali ("Le vendredi 13-01-2017 est chômée et payée au Mali") on account of the upcoming Sommet Afrique-France 2017. Links: full story and other Mali news and updates.

10-Jan-2017

Cambodia

Cambodia 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: National Bank of Cambodia-Phnom Penh) - Summary: The National Bank of Cambodia (Cambodia's Central Bank) has released a communiqué establishing Cambodia's annual list of bank holidays for the calendar year 2017, in line with the previously-announced list of official non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Cambodia news and updates.

9-Jan-2017

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holiday January 10 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministry of Labour (MITRAB) has announced that Tuesday afternoon, January 10, 2017, would be a half-day public holiday in Nicaragua's capital, Managua, on account of that day's inauguration of Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo, as President and Vice-President of Nicaragua, respectively. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

9-Jan-2017

Iran

Iranian Public Holiday January 10 (Source: Islamic Republic News Agency-Tehran) - Summary: The government of Iran has declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Iran on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, on the day of the upcoming burial of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died last night. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

9-Jan-2017

USA

USA Bank Holidays 2020-2021 Announced (Source: The Federal Reserve System-Washington DC) - Summary: The US Federal Reserve has announced the list of USA bank holidays when the US banks and financial markets will be closed for the calendar years 2020 and 2021. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

9-Jan-2017

Kosovo

Kosovo 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Office of the Prime Minister-Republic of Kosovo) - Summary: The government cabinet of Kosovo has announced its annual list of official non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Kosovo for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Kosovo news and updates.

8-Jan-2017

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Gazette Office Cayman Islands Government-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Deputy Governor's Office of the Cayman Islands has released its listing of the 2017 annual non-working public holidays in the Cayman Islands, including the date for the public holiday for Her Majesty the Queen's birthday. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

8-Jan-2017

Hungary

Hungary 2017 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Kormányzat Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium-Budapest) - Summary: The Government of Hungary has released an updated list of non-working Hungarian public holidays for the calendar year 2017, which now includes the recently-announced new annual non-working public holiday in Hungary for Good Friday. Links: full story and other Hungary news and updates.

8-Jan-2017

Japan

Japanese 2018 Bank and Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Bank of Japan-Tokyo) - Summary: The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its annual list of official national holidays, public holidays and bank holidays in Japan for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Japan news and updates.

7-Jan-2017

Peru

Peruvian 2017 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The Peruvian government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has released an amended and expanded version of its previously-released list of the official non-working public holidays in Peru for the upcoming calendar year 2017 ("feriados para sector público y privado"). Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

7-Jan-2017

Egypt

Egyptian 2017 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: The Central Bank of Egypt-Cairo) - Summary: Egypt's Central Bank has released its annual list of 2017 bank holidays in Egypt, dates when all Egyptian banks will be closed in the calendar year 2017, corresponding generally to the list of official non-working public holidays in Egypt in 2017. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

7-Jan-2017

Lithuania

Lithuanian 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Lietuvos Respublikos Uzsienio Reikalu Ministerija-Vilnius) - Summary: The Government of Lithuania has announced the annual dates of official non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Lithuania for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Lithuania news and updates.

6-Jan-2017

Bénin

Benin Public Holiday Jaanuary 10 (Source: Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin-Cotonou) - Summary: The government of Benin has released a communiqué, signed by Benin's Ministry of Labour's Cabinet Director, David Vidéhouénou, on behalf of the Ministre Du Travail, De La Fonction Publique Et Des Affaires Sociales, Adidjatou Mathys, announcing that Tuesday, January 10, 2017, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Bénin for the "célébration des cultes endogènes" (traditional religions day). Links: full story and other Bénin news and updates.

6-Jan-2017

Bolivia

Bolivian Public Holidays January 22-23 (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Elizabeth Molina, has issued a communiqué announcing that Monday, January 23, 2016, would be observed as an official non-working public holiday ("feriado con suspensión de actividades públicas y privadas") throughout Bolivia to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of the plurinational state of Bolivia ("aniversario del Estado Plurinacional"), which falls on a Sunday in 2017. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

5-Jan-2017

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic 2017 Reyes Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued an official communiqué confirming that, as per the current legislation on public holidays in the Dominican Republic, the upcoming "Día de los Santos Reyes" annual non-working public holiday would be moved, in 2017, from its traditional date of January 6, to Monday, January 9, 2017. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

5-Jan-2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Serb Republic January 6-7-9 Public Holidays (Source: Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina News-Sarajevo) - Summary: The government of the Republika Srpska (RS) of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Banja Luka, has proclaimed Monday, January 9, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in the Republika Srpska as a secular event without religious connotations, to heed the ruling of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court ruling about the law in its original form. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

5-Jan-2017

Chile

Chile 2017 Census Public Holiday Progress (Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas-INE) - Summary: The Labour Commission of Chile's lower house of Parliament (comisión de Trabajo de la Cámara de Diputados) has approved the declaration of the date of the upcoming National Census, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, as a one-off compulsory public holiday in Chile (feriado irrenunciable). Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

4-Jan-2017

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced its annual list of the non-working public holidays in the DRC for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

4-Jan-2017

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan January 9 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan, via its Ministry of Health and Social Development, has issued a statement ruling-out the declaration of Monday, January 9, 2017, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Kazakhstan, due to the Orthodox Christmas public holiday of Kazakhstan falling on a Saturday in 2017. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

4-Jan-2017

India

India Delhi NCT Public Holiday January 5 (Source: Government of Delhi NCT-New Delhi) - Summary: The newly-appointed lieutenant-governor of the Government of India's Delhi NCT (National Capital Territory), Anil Baijal, has announced the gazetted declaration of tomorrow, Thursday, January 5, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in India's Delhi NCT on the occasion of the 350th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

4-Jan-2017

Denmark

Denmark 2018 Bank Holidays Released (Source: Danmarks Nationalbanken-Copenhagen) - Summary: Denmark's Central Bank (Danmarks Nationalbanken) has released its annual list of bank holidays in Denmark, as well as non-working public holidays in Denmark, for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Denmark news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

Madagascar

Madagascar 2017 Public Holidays Expected Next Week (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's General Manager at the "ministère de la Fonction publique et de la réforme administrative, du travail et des lois sociales", Hermann Tandra, has announced that the decree listing the official non-working 2017 public holidays in Madagascar, will be released next week. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

Morocco

Morocco 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Agence Maroc Arabe Presse-Rabat) - Summary: Morocco has released its annual list of non-working public holidays in Morocco for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

India

Indian Karnataka Public Holiday January 3 (Source: The Hindu-Bangalore) - Summary: Following the death, earlier today, from a heart attack of Karnataka Cooperation and Sugar Minister, H S Mahadev Prasad, the Government of India's State of Karnataka has declared a one-day government holiday for today, Tuesday, January 3, 2016. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

Macedonia

Macedonian Christmas 2017 Public Holidays (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 Saturday, January 7th, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming annual "first day of Christmas by the Orthodox calendar" annual non-working public holiday of Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

Micronesia

Micronesia 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Yap State Government-Colonia) - Summary: The government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has announced the list of non-working public holidays in the Federated States of Micronesia for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Micronesia news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

Rwanda

Rwanda 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) - Summary: The Government of Rwanda has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Rwanda for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Rwanda news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

Bhutan

Bhutanese January 5 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) - Summary: The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Thursday, January 5, 2017, would not be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming Ngyenpa Guzom (Meeting of the Nine Evils) former Bhutanese non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

Philippines

Philippines Public Holiday January 9 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The Mayor of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada, has declared Monday, January 9, 2017, as a one-off non-working municipal public holiday on account of the upcoming annual Procession of the Black Nazarene. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

3-Jan-2017

UAE

UAE 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's government has announced its annual list of expected non-working public holidays in the UAE for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

2-Jan-2017

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Public Holiday January 4 (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The Minister of Labour of the RDC (République Démocratique du Congo), Lambert Matuku Memas, has announced that Wednesday, January 4, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("déclarée chômée et payée sur toute l’étendu du territoire national"). Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

2-Jan-2017

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina News-Sarajevo) - Summary: The governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that is to say, those of the Bosnian Federation (FBiH) and of the Republic of Srpska (RS), have announced the dates of the 2017 non-working public holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

2-Jan-2017

Cameroon

Cameroon 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Prime Minister's Office Republic of Cameroon-Yaoundé) - Summary: The government of Cameroon has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Cameroon for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Cameroon news and updates.

2-Jan-2017

Chile

Chilean 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social-Valparaiso) - Summary: Chile's Ministro Secretario General de Gobierno, jointly with Chile's Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social, has announced the annual list of bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Chile ("Feriados de carácter general" and "Irrenunciable") for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

2-Jan-2017

Portugal

Portugal To Vote On Carnival Public Holiday (Source: Assembleia da República-Lisboa) - Summary: On January 11, Portugal's National Assembly will examine a proposal by governing coalition partner, the Greens, to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

1-Jan-2017

Ukraine

Ukraine 2017 Bank Holidays (Source: National Bank of Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: Ukraine's Central Bank, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), has announced the official list of 2017 non-working bank holidays in the Ukraine, as well as the postponement of some working days in 2017. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

1-Jan-2017

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday January 9 (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, January 9, 2017, would be a bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "celebración del Día de Reyes" bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

1-Jan-2017

Australia

Australian 2018 Queensland Public Holidays Announced (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 announced the dates of the annual non-working public holidays for 2018 in Australia's State of Queensland, taking into account all the changes to the annual non-working public holidays in Australia's State of Queensland of the past few years, including the most recent one concerning Easter Sunday. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

1-Jan-2017

Seychelles

Seychelles Announces Public Holidays Amendments (Source: State House Office of the President of the Seychelles-Victoria) - Summary: In today's televised message to the Nation, Seychelles President Danny Faure announced that he would propose an amendment to the law that governs public holidays in the Seychelles, swapping the June 5 annual public holiday of the Seychelles for Easter Monday. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.


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