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Indian Andhra Pradesh Sri Rama Navami Public Holiday Moved (Source: Government of Andhra Pradesh-Hyderabad) - Summary: The Government of India's State of Andhra Pradesh has issued the Government Order amendment No. 679, 680 of 23.03.2018 ("Notification in partial modification of the orders issued in G.O.Rt.No.2437, General Administration (Poll.B) Department, Dt:31.10.2017"), which amends the terms of the extra-ordinary Gazette announcement of the days which shall be non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2018, by moving the upcoming "Sri Rama Navami" public holiday in India's State of Andhra Pradesh, from Sunday, March 25, to Monday, March 26, 2018. Links: full story and other India news and updates.
Ghana 2018 Easter Public Holidays (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, via Ambrose Derry, has announced that Friday, March 30, and Monday, April 1, 2018, had once again been declared statutory non-working public holidays in Ghana on account of the upcoming annual Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays in Ghana. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.
Paraguay Public Sector Holiday March 28 (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 Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, to let Paraguayan civil servants begin their Holy Week non-working public holidays earlier. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.
Venezuelan Easter 2018 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información-Caracas) - Summary: Venezuela's president, Nicolás Maduro, has issued a decree declaring public sector holidays in Venezuela, for the entire upcoming Holy Week, from Saturday, March 24, 2018, until Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusively. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.
Spain 2019 Asturias Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial del Principado de Asturias-BOPA) - Summary: The Principado de Asturias autonomous region of Spain has gazetted its annual list of regional non-working public holidays in Spain's autonomous regions of the Asturias (calendario laboral en el ambito del Principado de Asturias), for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.
Antigua and Barbuda Public Holiday March 22 (Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs-St. John's) - Summary: Antigua and Barbuda's returned Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has announced that as per tradition, he would declare tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018, as a one-off post-election public holiday in Antigua and Barbuda. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.
Botswana Public Holiday April 3 (Source: Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) - Summary: The government of Botswana has announced that a one-off public holiday in Botswana had been declared on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Links: full story and other Botswana news and updates.
Nicaraguan Easter 2018 Public Sector Holidays Extended (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministerio del Trabajo (Mitrab) has announced that Nicaragua's public sector workers and government services would, this year, close down for 9 consecutive days of public sector holidays in Nicaragua on account of the upcoming Holy Week 2018. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.
Honduras Public Sector Holidays March 24-April 1 (Source: La Prensa Libre-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The secretaría de Derechos Humanos, Justicia, Gobernación y Descentralización of Honduras, has once again approved the declaration of the entire upcoming Holy Week (March 24-April 1, 2018) as additional non-working public holidays for Honduras' public sector employees. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.
Venezuelan Bank Holiday March 19 (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, March 19, 2018, would be a bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "Día de San José") annual bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.
Spain 2019 Balears Public Holidays Announced (Source: Dirección General de Trabajo Y Salud Laboral-Govern de les Illes Balears) - Summary: The Consell de Govern of Spain's autonomous region of the Balears (ámbito autonómico de las Islas Baleares) has announced its official annual calendar of 2019 regional and national public holidays in Spain's autonomous region of the Balears (calendario laboral). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.
Macau Declares Additional 2019 Public Holidays (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Chief Executive has once again announced additional, one-off, non-working public holidays (Special Grant for exempt from work for staff in Public Administration by the Chief Executive on 12 March 2018) for the upcoming calendar year 2019. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.
Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays March 24-April 1 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that the Costa Rican public sector and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 24, until Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusively. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.
Swaziland Public Holidays April 19-20 (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Minister for Home Affairs, Princess Tsandzile, has announced in Parliament that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in Swaziland to mark King Mswati III's birthday would be observed on Thursday, April 19, 2018, to be followed by a one-off public holiday on Friday, April 20, 2018. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.
Philippines Public Holiday March 28 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The Mayor of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada, has declared Wednesday, March 28, 2018, as a one-off non-working municipal public holiday on account of the upcoming annual Holy Wednesday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.
Guatemala Electoral Public Holiday April 16 (Source: Diario de Centro América-Diario público de Guatemala) - Summary: Guatemalan vice-president, Jafeth Cabrera, has confirmed that the Guatemalan government has declared Monday, April 16, 2018, as a one-off non-working public sector holiday in Guatemala on account of the upcoming elections. Links: full story and other Guatemala news and updates.
Romanian Good Friday Public Holiday Update (Source: Senatului României-Bucharest) - Summary: Ealier today, Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, promulgated a law to add a new annual non-working public holiday in Romania, as well as bank holiday in Romania, on Good Friday (Vinerea Mare). Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.
Algerian Cabinet to Enshrine Amazigh Public Holiday (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian law on public holidays is to be the main topic at the upcoming Council of Ministers, and is expected to enshrine the addition of Amazigh (aka. Berber) New Year as a new public holiday in Algeria. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.
Palau Public Holiday March 15 (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: The government of Palau has announced that Thursday, March 15, 2018, would be the date of the annual non-working public holiday in Palau on account of the upcoming Youth Day non-working public holiday in Palau. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.
Liberian Public Holidays March 14-15 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday and Thursday, March 14-15, 2018, as non-working public holidays to be observed throughout the Republic of Liberia as national non-working public holidays marking "the 209th Birth Anniversary of Liberia's first President Joseph Jenkins Roberts" and Decoration Day, respectively. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.
Saint Helena 2018 Tristan Public Holiday March 12 (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: The Chief Islander of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha has declared Monday, March 12, 2018, as the date for this year's annual Queen's Day public holiday in Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.
Finland 2021 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Suomen Pankki- Finlands Bank-Helsinki) - Summary: Finland's Central Bank (Suomen Pankki) has released its annual list of official bank holidays (Pankkivapaapäivät), as well as related non-working public holidays in Finland for the calendar year 2021 ("National holidays when banks are closed"). Links: full story and other Finland news and updates.
Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Update (Source: LETA News Agency-Riga) - Summary: A bill which would make Orthodox Christmas a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia, passed its first reading in the Saeima (Latvian parliament), by a small majority of votes. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.
Peruvian Public Holidays March 29-30 (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The Peruvian government has announced that March 29 and 30, 2018, would be public holidays in Peru. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.
Germany To Add Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony (Source: Norddeutscher Rundfunk-Hannover) - Summary: The State Chancellery of Germany's state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) has announced that the Cabinet has approved a draft bill from the Ministry of Interior to declare October 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.
Zambian Public Holiday March 9 (Source: The Lusaka Times-Lusaka) - Summary: The Zambian Government Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared Friday, March 9, 2018, as one-off non-working public holidays in Zambia on account of the upcoming "commemoration of the International Women’s Day on Thursday". Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.
Armenian Public Holiday April 2 (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Government of Armenia has announced, once again, that Monday, April 2, 2018, would be a non-working public holiday in Armenia, on account of the upcoming "Day after the Holy Resurrection of Christ" (Merelotz). Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.
Lebanon 2018 Bank Holidays Amended Again (Source: Banque du Liban-Beirut) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Lebanon in conjunction with the Banque du Liban (Lebanon's Central Bank), has issued yet an amended version of the annual list of Lebanese non-working bank holidays in Lebanon for the calendar year 2018, by moving the non-working bank holiday in Lebanon in 2018 for the Annunciation, to Saturday, March 24. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.
Mongolian Public Holiday March 8 (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: The Mongolian government has announced that Thursday, March 8, 2018, would be a non-working public holiday in Mongolia, on account of International Women's Day. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.
Qatari Bank Holiday March 4 (Source: Qatari News Agency-QNA) - Summary: Qatar's Central Bank (QCB) has announced that all banks and financial institutions under its control (ie. all banks in Qatar) would be closed to the public on Sunday, March 4, 2018, on account of the annual early-March bank holiday. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.
Canada Federal November 11 Public Holiday (Source: The House of Commons of Canada-Ottawa) - Summary: The Canadian House of Commons bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), to extend the observance of the regional, November 11, Remembrance Day, non-working public holiday of Canada ("is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such throughout Canada") and by specifying a day in lieu when November 11 falls on a weekend ("When November 11 is a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such"), was enacted by its signature by Canada's Governor General. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.
Germany Hamburg State Adds Reformation Public Holiday (Source: Hamburger Abendblatt-Hamburg) - Summary: Yesterday, as scheduled, the Parliament of Germany's Hamburg State voted on a new October 31 annual public holiday, with effect in 2018, and approved it by a vote of 66 out of 116 votes cast (the issue was not whether to add a new annual public holiday in Germany's Hamburg State, but which date it should be). Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.