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This monthly recap of August 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.

Date

Country

News Item Summary

31-Aug-2015

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe 2016 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: The Herald-Harare) - Summary: Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Ministers, Ignatius Chombo, has gazetted the annual announcement of the dates for the 2016 non-working public holidays in Zimbabwe in terms of the Zimbabwe Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act (Chapter 10:21). Links: full story and other Zimbabwe news and updates.

30-Aug-2015

Cyprus

Cyprus 2016 Bank Holidays Released (Source: Central Bank of Cyprus-Nicosia) - Summary: The Central Bank of Cyprus has released its annual official list of bank holidays to be observed in Cyprus for the calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Cyprus news and updates.

30-Aug-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 La Rioja Public Holidays Announced (Source: Boletin Oficial De La Rioja-La Rioja) - Summary: The Consejería de Industria, Innovación y Empleo of Spain's Autonomous Region of La Rioja, through its spokesperson, Begoña Martínez, has announced its annual list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) for the upcoming calendar year 2016 in La Rioja ("días inhábiles a efectos laborales, de carácter retribuido y no recuperable, del calendario del próximo año"). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

29-Aug-2015

Palau

Palau Public Holiday September 7 (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: The government of Palau has announced that Monday, September 7, 2015, would be the date of the upcoming Labor Day annual non-working public holiday in Palau. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.

29-Aug-2015

Niue

Niue Public Holidays October 19-20 (Source: Niue Government-Alofi) - Summary: The Government of Niue has announced non-working public holidays in Niue, on Monday and Tuesday, October 19-20, 2015, on account of the Niuean "41 years of Self Governing". Links: full story and other Niue news and updates.

28-Aug-2015

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia National Day Public Holiday Extension Ruled-Out (Source: Saudi Press Agency-SPA) - Summary: A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Civil Service Ministry has announced that there would be no one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday in Saudi Arabia to compensate for the Kingdom’s National Day annual non-working public holiday of September 23, as it falls within the Eid Al-Adha annual public holidays in 2015. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

27-Aug-2015

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Public Holiday August 31 (Source: Uzbek National News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: The President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has signed the resolution "On shifting day-off in connection with the celebrations of the 24th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s Independence" which declares Monday, August 31, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan, in connection with the annual, September 1st, Independence Day non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

27-Aug-2015

Fiji

Fiji Votes September 7 Public Holiday (Source: Ministry of Information-Suva) - Summary: Fiji's Parliament has passed the "Bill For An Act To Amend The Employment Relations Promulgation 2007" which adds an annual, September 7, Constitution Day, non-working public holiday to the list of annual non-working public holidays in Fiji, beginning in 2016. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

26-Aug-2015

Philippines

Philippines 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines-Manila) - Summary: Earlier today, Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III, signed Proclamation No. 1105, s. 2015, which lists the annual special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

26-Aug-2015

Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Public Holiday August 27 (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis-Basseterre) - Summary: The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced a de facto public holiday as Government Offices will remain closed on Thursday, August 27, 2015, due to Tropical Storm Erika approaching the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

25-Aug-2015

Singapore

Singapore 2015 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Earlier today, Singapore's President, Tony Tan Keng Yam, on the advice of Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, dissolved Singapore's 12th Parliament, and announced that Polling Day would be on Friday, September 11, 2015, and that the date would be another one-off non-working public holiday in Singapore. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

24-Aug-2015

Fiji

Fiji 2016 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Ministry of Information-Suva) - Summary: Fiji's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has moved the "Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2015, a Bill for an act to amend the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007" for urgent consideration by Parliament, with a view to enshrine another new annual non-working public holiday in Fiji, Constitution Day. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

22-Aug-2015

Australia

Australia 2016 ACT Public Holidays Amended (Source: ACT Government Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate-Canberra) - Summary: The Chief Minister's Office of Australia's Capital Territory (ACT), Andrew Barr, has announced that, beginning in 2016, it would add Easter Sunday to its annual list of the official non-working public holidays to be observed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

19-Aug-2015

UAE

UAE 2015 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has given orders for a new annual non-working public holiday in the UAE to be added to the list of annual non-working public holidays in the UAE on November 30th, to commemorate "Martyr's Day". Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

19-Aug-2015

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands 2016 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 2016 annual non-working public holidays in the Cayman Islands, including a date to be confirmed for the public holiday for Her Majesty the Queen's birthday. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

19-Aug-2015

East Timor

Timor Leste 40th FALINTIL Public Holiday (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to declare an additional day-off public sector holiday in Timor Leste on Thursday August 20, 2015, for the "celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of National Liberation of Timor-Leste" (FALINTIL). Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

18-Aug-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 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 2016 annual non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in Spain's Autonomous Region of Cantabria. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

17-Aug-2015

Australia

Australian Victoria Confirms New Public Holidays (Source: State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) - Summary: The Small Business Minister of the Government of Australia's State of Victoria, Philip Dalidakis, has announced that the expected declaration of 2 new annual public holidays in Australia's State of Victoria (on the day of the AFL Grand Final parade, and on Easter Sunday), would officially be announced in the government gazette this week. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

16-Aug-2015

Jersey

Jersey 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Source: States of Jersey-Saint Helier) - Summary: The States of Jersey (the government of Jersey) have released the annual list of official Jersey non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

16-Aug-2015

Iran

Iranian Initial 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Islamic Consultative Assembly-Majlis) - Summary: The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), has officially announced the annual official list of non-working public holidays in Iran for the first half of the calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

15-Aug-2015

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Constitution Day 2015 Public Holidays (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: Kazakhstan's government has announced that the upcoming Constitution Day annual non-working public holidays would run for 3 days, from Saturday, August 29, until Monday, August 31, 2015, inclusively. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

15-Aug-2015

Moldova

Moldova Public Holidays August 27-28 (Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat-Moldpres) - Summary: The government of Moldova has confirmed the declaration of Friday, August 28, 2015, as a one-off bridge non-working public holiday in Moldova, on account of the upcoming Independence Day annual non-working public holiday of Moldova. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

14-Aug-2015

Honduras

Honduras October Public Holidays Amended (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Late last night, Honduras' legislative assembly (Congreso Nacional), approved the bill which amends last year's "Decreto Legislativo No. 75-2014 del 29 de septiembre" and moves the 3 annual October public holidays of Honduras from the last week of October to the beginning of October. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

13-Aug-2015

Swaziland

Swaziland Umhlanga/Reed Dance 2015 Public Holiday (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Indvuna Yembali Nonduduzo Zubuko has announced that the upcoming non-working public holiday in Swaziland for the 2015 Umhlanga (aka. Reed Dance) would be on August 31, 2015. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

13-Aug-2015

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Public Holiday August 19 (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, August 19, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the National Day of Afghanistan. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

12-Aug-2015

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Mother's Day 2015 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has once again confirmed that the upcoming August 15 non-working public holiday for Mother's Day (Día de la Madre) was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

11-Aug-2015

Pakistan

Pakistan Independence Day 2015 Bank Holiday (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that the State Bank of Pakistan and the commercial banks of Pakistan would remain closed on Friday, August 14, 2015, which would be marked as a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Independence Day bank holiday and non-working public holiday of Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

10-Aug-2015

Chad

Chad August 12 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Agence Tchadienne de Presse-N’Djamena) - Summary: Chad's Ministre de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has issued a communiqué declaring Tuesday, August 11, 2015, as the date of the 55ème Anniversaire de l’indépendance, and a nationwide non-working public holiday in Chad ("déclarée fériée, chômée et payée sur l’ensemble du territoire nationale"), but has stressed that Wednesday, August 12, 2015, would not be an additional non-working public holiday in Chad ("La journée du 12 août est déclarée ouvrable"). Links: full story and other Chad news and updates.

9-Aug-2015

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani 2015 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers has issued a decree declaring Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25, 2015, as non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan on account of this year's annual Gurban Bayram (Feast of Sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha) public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

8-Aug-2015

USA

USA Election Day Public Holiday Update (Source: US News and World Report-Washington DC) - Summary: US populist presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, has in turn called for election day to be a non-working public holiday in the USA. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

7-Aug-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 Extremadura Public Holidays (Source: Diario Oficial de Extremadura-DOE) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Extremadura of Spain's Autonomous Region of Extremadura has published its annual list of regional public holidays (Calendario Laboral) for the calendar year 2016 in Extremadura. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

6-Aug-2015

Spain

Spain 2016 Canaries Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario de Avisos-Santa Cruz De Tenerife) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno of the regional government of Spain's autonomous region of las Islas Canarias, has announced its official annual list of 2016 regional non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in the Canaries Islands. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

5-Aug-2015

Honduras

Honduras October Public Holidays Changes Update (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: A bill has been introduced, into Honduras' legislative assembly, which would amend last year's "Decreto Legislativo No. 75-2014 del 29 de septiembre" and move the 3 annual October public holidays of Honduras from the last week of October to the beginning of October. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

4-Aug-2015

Egypt

Egyptian Public Holiday August 6 (Source: Egypt State Information Service-Cairo) - Summary: Egyptian Cabinet spokesperson, Hossam El-Qaweish, has announced that the Egyptian cabinet had declared Thursday, August 6, 2015, as another one-off non-working public holiday in Egypt on account of the upcoming inauguration of the new Suez Canal. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

4-Aug-2015

South Korea

South Korean August 14-15 Public Holidays Approved (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The South Korean government, at its cabinet meeting of earlier today, approved the previously-discussed declaration of Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the annual Liberation Day non-working public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

3-Aug-2015

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2016 Public Holidays (Source: Office of the Administrator-Indian Ocean Territories) - Summary: The Administrator of Australia's Indian Ocean Territories, Barry Haase, has signed "Community Bulletin A39/2015 and Gazette 04-2015 for Cocos (Keeling) Islands" which officially gazettes the annual bank holidays and public holidays in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands for the upcoming calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Cocos (Keeling) Islands news and updates.

3-Aug-2015

Christmas Island

Christmas Island 2016 Public Holidays (Source: Office of the Administrator-Indian Ocean Territories) - Summary: The Administrator of Australia's Indian Ocean Territories, Barry Haase, has signed the "Community Bulletin A38/2015 and Gazette 03-2015 for Christmas Island" which officially gazettes the annual bank holidays and public holidays on Christmas Island for the upcoming calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Christmas Island news and updates.

2-Aug-2015

South Korea

South Korea Mulls August 14-15 Public Holidays (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: Earlier today, an official for the South Korean government cabinet announced that the South Korean government was considering declaring Friday, August 14, 2015, the day before the annual National Liberation Day non-working public holiday of South Korea, as a one-off ("temporary") non-working public holiday in South Korea, due to the annual Liberation Day non-working public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, the 70th anniversary of South Korea's liberation. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

2-Aug-2015

Kuwait

Kuwaiti 2015 Eid Al-Adha Public Holidays (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission has proposed to the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers that the dates of the upcoming Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holidays in Kuwait should run, this year, again, for 5 days, unless later amended as has happened in the past. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

1-Aug-2015

El Salvador

El Salvador Clarifies August 2015 Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Previsión Social-San Salvador) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour and Social security of the Government of El Salvador has clarified the scope and dates of the upcoming August 2015 non-working public holiday in El Salvador on account of the annual "Celebración del Divino Salvador del Mundo" nationwide non-working public holiday of El Salvador, and of the municipal "Fiestas Patronales". Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.


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