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This monthly recap of March 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.



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East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday April 2 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to extend the annual Easter non-working public holidays in Timor Leste by declaring an additional day-off public sector holiday (toleránsia pontu) for Maundy Thursday, on April 2, 2015. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.



Australian 2015 ACT Public Holiday April 27 (Source: ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) - Summary: The Municipal Services Minister of the Government of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT), Shane Rattenbury, has confirmed that ACT government employees have been given a non-working public holiday day off on Monday, April 27, 2015 because Anzac Day falls on a Saturday in 2015. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.


Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Holidays April 2-3 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, 2015, would be non-working public holidays in Costa Rica on account of the upcoming feasts of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday ("Jueves y Viernes Santo son feriados de pago obligatorio para los trabajadores"). Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.



Spain 2016 Andalucia Public Holidays Announced (Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía-BOJA) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Andalucía has released and gazetted in the BOJA (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía), its annual list of non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia for the calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.



Jordanian Public Holidays April 5 and 12 (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, has issued a circular decreeing 2 additional one-off non-working public holidays in Jordan for Sunday, April 5, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, on account of the upcoming Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.



Madagascar 2015 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's Conseil de Gouvernement has approved the "Projet de décret portant additif du décret n°2015-055 du 03 février 2015 fixant la liste des jours fériés, chômés et payés au titre de l’année 2015", which amends the list of non-working public holidays in Madagascar for the calendar year 2015, by the addition of 2 non-working public holidays reserved for Muslims. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.



Panama Public Holidays April 10-11 (Source: Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia-Panama City) - Summary: Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela, has declared Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 2015, as one-off non-working public holidays on account of the upcoming Cumbre de las Américas being held on those days in Panama City. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.



Honduras Public Holiday April 1st (Source: La Prensa Libre-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The private employers' confederation of Honduras (Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada - Cohep), has announced that employees of the Honduras private sector would start the annual Easter non-working Honduras public holidays on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 12 noon. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.


Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Public Holiday April 1st (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis-Basseterre) - Summary: The Deputy Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Eustace John, acting on the advice of the Nevis Island Administration Cabinet, has declared Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, from 12 noon, as a one-off regional non-working public half-holiday on the island of Nevis, on the occasion of the Gulf Insurance Inter-Primary Schools Championship. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.



Honduras Public Sector Holidays March 30 to April 1 (Source: La Prensa Libre-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, has once again approved the declaration of the entire upcoming Holy Week (March 30 to April 3, 2012) as additional non-working public holidays for Honduras' public sector employees. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.



Paraguay Public Sector Holiday April 1 (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's President, Horacio Cartes, has once again decreed a non-working public sector holiday for Wednesday, April 1, 2015, to let Paraguayan civil servants begin their Holy Week non-working public holidays earlier. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.



Malaysian November 22 State Public Holiday Canceled (Source: Bernama News Agency-Johor Baru) - Summary: The Malaysian State of Johor has announced that it was in the process of removing the November 22, annual state non-working public holiday, commemorating the birthday of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.



Malaysian State Public Holiday March 22 (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, March 22, 2015, as another one-off state public holiday in conjunction with the upcoming Chempaka by-election. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.



Australian 2016 Public Holidays Amended in Queensland (Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) - Summary: The Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian State of Queensland, Curtis Pitt, has finally announced the details of the announced further amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, involving the change of date of the Labour Day annual non-working Queensland public holiday. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.



Namibian March 20 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: The Namibian-Windhoek) - Summary: An official from Namibia's Ministry of Information, Elizabeth Amagola, has issued another "Media Announcement" which dismisses recent rumours about a possible non-working public holiday on Friday, March 20, 2015. Links: full story and other Namibia news and updates.



Kyrgyzstan March 23 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (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 ruled-out the declaration of another additional non-working public holiday in Kyrgyzstan on Monday, March 23, 2015, to compensate the fact that the upcoming Nowruz annual non-working public holiday of Kyrgyzstan falls on a Saturday in 2015. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.



Malaysia Confirms March 23 State Public Holiday (Source: Bernama News Agency-Johor Baru) - Summary: The Head of the Malaysian State of Johor Royal Council, Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli, has urged the Johor private sector to observe the previously-announced March 23 one-off non-working public holiday in the Malaysian State of Johor. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.



Liberian Public Holiday March 15-16 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, March 15, 2015, as a non-working public holiday to be observed throughout the Republic of Liberia as a national non-working public holiday marking the 206th Birth Anniversary of Liberia's first President Joseph Jenkins Roberts. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.



Singapore Public Holidays August 7-10 (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Earlier this morning, Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) issued a press release declaring an additional, one-off non-working public holiday in Singapore on Friday, August 7, 2015, to extend the upcoming annual National Day public holiday in Singapore to 4 consecutive days. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.



Mexico Mulls Public Holidays Revision (Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación-Ciudad de México) - Summary: Mexico's parliament ("Cámara de Diputados") is considering a bill by Chihuahua federal legislator, Karina Velázquez, which would repeal the terms of the 2006 amendments to the Mexican labour code, which moved to the nearest Monday the Mexican annual non-working public holidays of February 5, March 21 and November 20. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.



Australian Queensland Labour Day Public Holiday Change Re-Confirmed (Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) - Summary: A spokesman for Premier Palaszczuk government of the Australian State of Queensland, has re-confirmed that it would carry-out further amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, so that, the Labour Day annual non-working Queensland public holiday, would be moved back to "its traditional place on the Queensland calendar", the first Monday in May. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.



Swaziland Public Holiday April 20 (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Home Affairs Minister, Princess Tsandzile, has announced that, once again, the annual non-working public holiday in Swaziland to mark King Mswati III's birthday would be observed on Monday, April 20, 2014, due to its set date falling on a Sunday, in 2015. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.


El Salvador

El Salvador Public Holiday March 26 (Source: Presidencia de la República de El Salvador-San Salvador) - Summary: The National Assembly of El Salvador has approved a bill requested by President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and which declares a new March 26 non-working public holiday in El Salvador to be called "Día Nacional por la Vida la Paz y la Justicia" (National day of life, peace and justice). Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.



Jersey May 8 Public Holiday Also Ruled-Out (Source: States of Guernsey-St. Peter Port) - Summary: The States of Jersey has issued an official commentary on the proposition of proposition of Deputy S.Y. Mézec of St. Helier for an additional non-working public holiday in Jersey on Friday, May 8, 2015, the second such proposal to compensate the fact that the 70th anniversary of the end of Jersey's WW2 occupation falls on a Saturday this year. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.



Slovenia Adds October 25 National Holiday (Source: Slovenska tiskovna agencija-Ljubljana) - Summary: The Slovenian National Assembly has approved by a vote of 70-4 the declaration of October 25, henceforth to be observed as "Sovereignty Day", a new national holiday in Slovenia to mark the day in 1991 when the last Yugoslav soldier left Slovenia. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.



Vietnam 2015 Public Holidays Amendments Confirmed (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hanoi) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam has confirmed the previously-announced revised version of the initial list of annual non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.



Palau Public Holiday March 15 (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: The government of Palau has announced that Sunday, March 15, 2015, would be the date of the upcoming Youth Day annual non-working public holiday in Palau. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.



Netherlands May 5 Public Holiday Recommended (Source: Netherlands Info Services-Amsterdam) - Summary: The "Comité 4 en 5 mei", the committee which organises the commemorations for the end of World War II in the Netherlands, has once again come out in support of the movement to make the May 5th, Liberation Day, public holiday a nationwide annual non-working public holiday in the Netherlands. Links: full story and other Netherlands news and updates.



Ukraine Amends Annual Public Holidays Law (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Parliament of the Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) has voted amendments to the Ukrainian Labour Law by declaring October 14 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the Ukraine to be called "the Day of Defender of Ukraine". Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.


Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Public Holiday March 9 (Source: Turks and Caicos Office Of Public Service Management-Providenciales) - Summary: The Office Of Public Service Management of the Government Cabinet of the Turks and Caicos Islands had announced that Monday, March 9, 2015, is a nationwide non-working public holiday throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, to coincide with the date of the upcoming Commonwealth Day which will be marked in 2015 with the theme "A Young Commonwealth". Links: full story and other Turks and Caicos Islands news and updates.



Angola Public Holiday March 9 (Source: Rádio Nacional de Angola-Luanda) - Summary: The Cabinet Director of Angola's Ministry of Public Service and Social Security (MAPESS) has announced that as per the law revising Angolan official non-working public holidays, Monday, March 9, 2015, would be a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Angola news and updates.



Nepalese 2015-2016 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has gazetted its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S.2072 (April 2015-April 2016). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.



Suriname Public Holiday March 6 (Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname-Paramarimbo) - Summary: The government of Suriname has announced that the upcoming Holi (Holi Phagwa) annual non-working public holiday in Suriname would be observed on Friday, March 6, 2015. Links: full story and other Suriname news and updates.



Azerbaijan Public Holidays March 7-9 (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: The Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers has issued a decision, once again declaring the Monday after the upcoming Women's Day annual non-working public holiday in Azerbaijan, Monday, March 9, 2015, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.



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

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