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This monthly recap of August 2016 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

27-Aug-2016

Jersey

Jersey 2017 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 and bank holidays in Jersey for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

27-Aug-2016

Turkey

Turkey 2016 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Confirmed (Source: Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, has issued an official communiqué confirming last month's announcement that the upcoming Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, in Arabic, or Kurban Bayrami, in Turkish) non-working public holidays in Turkey, would be extended to last 9 days as were the recent End of Ramadan non-working public holidays in Turkey. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

26-Aug-2016

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Public Holidays September 1-2-3 (Source: Uzbek National News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: The President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has signed the resolution "On shifting day-off from Sunday, 4 September, to Friday, 2 September 2016, in connection with the 25th anniversary of Independence of Uzbekistan" which declares Friday, September 2, 2016, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan, in connection with the celebration of the Independence Day of Uzbekistan annual non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan to be observed on September 1st, 2016. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

26-Aug-2016

Malaysia

Malaysian PRK 2016 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuala Kangsar) - Summary: A spokesperson for the government of Malaysia's State of Perak, has announced that the Perak government had decided to effect the change of the Perak State public holiday ("Hari Keputeraan Sultan Perak"), from November 27, to early November, effective immediately in 2016, and not only beginning in 2017, as has previously been announced. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

26-Aug-2016

Suriname

Suriname Public Holiday September 12 (Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname-Paramarimbo) - Summary: The government of Suriname, via its Minister of the Interior, Mike Noersalim, has announced that the upcoming "Ied Ul Adha" (Feast of Sacrifice) annual non-working public holiday in Suriname would be observed on Monday, September 12, 2016, a date which has been declared a non-working public holiday in Suriname. Links: full story and other Suriname news and updates.

25-Aug-2016

Moldova

Moldovan Public Holidays August 27-31 (Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat-Moldpres) - Summary: Moldova's Cabinet of Ministers has approved the Government Resolution 1005 of August 24, 2016, which declared Monday and Tuesday, August 29 and 30, 2016, as one-off bridge public holidays in Moldova, to link the upcoming, August 31, Romanian Language Day, annual public holiday of Moldova, with the preceding weekend (which also includes the, August 27, Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova annual public holiday of Moldova. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

25-Aug-2016

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan August 29 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 denying the social media rumor that Monday, August 29, 2016, had been declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kazakhstan, to link the upcoming annual Constitution Day non-working public holiday of Kazakhstan, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, with the preceding weekend, as was done five years ago under similar circumstances. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

25-Aug-2016

Liberia

Liberia Mulls 2 New Muslim Public Holidays (Source: Legislature of Liberia Senate-Monrovia) - Summary: The Liberian Senator for Nimba County, Prince Yormie Johnson, has submitted, for enactment, a bill calling for the declaration of 2 new Muslim non-working public holidays in Liberia, one public holiday to be observed in Liberia for the End of Ramadan and another public holiday to be observed in Liberia for the "Feast of Abraham (Lungee)" (better known as the Feast of sacrifice or Eid al-Adha). Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

24-Aug-2016

Peru

Peruvian August 29 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: Peru's Minister of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo-MTPE), Alfonso Grados, has issued another communique aimed at putting an end to the social media rumours about the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in Peru on Monday, August 29, 2016, to link the upcoming annual Santa Rosa de Lima non-working public holiday of Peru, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, with the preceding weekend. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

23-Aug-2016

New Zealand

New Zealand Rules-Out Land Wars Public Holiday (Source: Radio New Zealand News-Wellington) - Summary: Following last Friday's announcement that a date was likely to be set to commemorate the New Zealand land wars, New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, earlier today, issued a statement that "a public holiday isn't on the agenda" echoed by a similar statement by New Zealand's Deputy PM, Bill English, also ruling-out the addition of a new annual non-working public holiday in New Zealand ("The Land Wars commemoration day will not be a public holiday"). Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

23-Aug-2016

East Timor

Timor Leste 2016 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Komunikadu Imprensa Sekretaria Estadu Konsellu Ministru Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has issued a press communiqué amending its previously-released annual list of official non-working public holidays in Timor Leste for the calendar year 2016 ("Feriadu Idul Adha nian iha tinan 2016"). Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

22-Aug-2016

Liberia

Liberian Public Holiday August 24 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, August 24, 2016, as a national non-working public holiday in Liberia to be observed across the country on account of Liberia's National Flag Day. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

21-Aug-2016

Australia

Australian NT 2018-2019 Public Holidays Announced (Source: NT Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment-Darwin) - Summary: The Government of Australia's Northern Territory has published its list of official non-working public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory for the calendar years 2018 and 2019. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

21-Aug-2016

Nepal

Nepal Mulls Gaijatra Public Holiday Extension (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: Nepalese lawmakers, speaking at the Legislature-Parliament, have demanded that the current regional Gaijatra non-working public holiday of Nepal, currently only observed in the Kathmandu Valley, be declared as a nationwide non-working public holiday in Nepal, starting in 2017. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

20-Aug-2016

Guernsey and Alderney

Guernsey 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: States of Guernsey-St. Peter Port) - Summary: The States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) has published its official list of annual non-working public holidays in Guernsey, for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Guernsey and Alderney news and updates.

19-Aug-2016

Thailand

Thailand September 24-27 Public Holidays Ruled-Out (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: Thailand Government spokesman, Maj-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, has announced that, in line with recent remarks by Thailand's Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-ocha, the recent proposal to declare September 24-27, 2016, as additional one-off non-working public holidays in Thailand to promote internal tourism, was not discussed at yesterday's cabinet meeting, and that it would not be discussed at any later cabinet meeting. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

18-Aug-2016

Philippines

Philippines 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines-Manila) - Summary: Earlier today, Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, signed Proclamation No. 50, s. 2016, which lists the annual special and regular non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

17-Aug-2016

Ukraine

Ukraine 2017 Public Holidays Draft (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: Ukraine's Ministry of Social Policy has prepared a draft resolution for the Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine specifying the annual official list of 2017 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, but in contrast to last year's announcement of the official list of 2016 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, does not yet include a decision to postpone working days in 2016, in order to create favorable conditions for the rational use of working time. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

16-Aug-2016

Vanuatu

Vanuatu 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Vanuatu-Port Vila) - Summary: The government of Vanuatu has announced its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Vanuatu for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Vanuatu news and updates.

15-Aug-2016

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Public Holiday August 16 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: Over this past weekend, the Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic once again issued a communiqué announcing that, as per the current public holidays legislation, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, would be the date of the official annual non-working public holiday in the Dominican Republic on account of the upcoming Día de la Restauración non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

14-Aug-2016

Thailand

Thailand 2017 Public Holidays Completed (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: The government of Thailand has announced the date of the 2017 Royal Ploughing Ceremony annual non-working public holiday, thus completing the previously-released partial list of official annual non-working public holidays in Thailand for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

13-Aug-2016

Guinea

Guinea Conakry Public Holiday August 15 (Source: Portail Officiel du Gouvernement de la République de Guinée-Conakry) - Summary: The government of Guinea Conakry, through its Ministers of Labour and of the Public Sector ("les Ministres en charge du Travail et de la Fonction Publique"), has announced that Monday, August 15, 2016, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Guinea Conakry on account of the upcoming "Assomption". Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

13-Aug-2016

Peru

Peru Declares 3 APEC Public Holidays (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The Peruvian executive has issued the "decreto supremo 059-2016-PCM" declaring 3 days in November 2016 as one-off non-working public holidays in Peru, on account of the upcoming 24th meeting of the leaders of the APEC countries ("Foro de Cooperación Económica Asia Pacífico"). Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

12-Aug-2016

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Mother's Day 2016 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Minister of Public works and Transportation (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes - MOPT) has 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, and that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica, its observance would not and could not be moved to another date. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

12-Aug-2016

Bénin

Benin Public Holiday August 15 (Source: Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin-Cotonou) - Summary: The government of Benin has released a communiqué signed by Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, Adidjatou Mathys, announcing that the government of President Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon had declared Monday, August 15, 2016, as a non-working public holiday throughout Bénin on account of the upcoming "fête de l’Assomption" annual non-working public holidays in the Bénin. Links: full story and other Bénin news and updates.

12-Aug-2016

Fiji

Fiji Public Holiday August 22 (Source: Ministry of Information-Suva) - Summary: Fiji's Acting Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has confirmed that Fiji's Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, had declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Fiji, on Monday, August 22, 2016, to celebrate it's Olympic Team's victories in Rio. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

11-Aug-2016

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday August 15 (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, August 15, 2016, would be another bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "Asunción de Nuestra Señora") annual bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

10-Aug-2016

Swaziland

Swaziland Umhlanga/Reed Dance 2016 Public Holiday (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Indvuna Yembali Nonduduzo Zubuko in a joint statement with Sijabuliso Ginindza and Swaziland's Chairman of Culture, Prince Bukhosi, has announced the date when the upcoming non-working public holiday in Swaziland for the 2016 Umhlanga (aka. Reed Dance) would be observed. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

9-Aug-2016

Zambia

Zambian Public Holiday August 11 (Source: The Lusaka Times-Lusaka) - Summary: The Zambian Government Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Zambia on Thursday, August 11, 2016, "to facilitate the holding of the general elections and referendum". Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

8-Aug-2016

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holiday August 12 (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's Minister of Tourism (Ministro de Turismo) has issued a communique confirming that the upcoming August 10, Primer Grito de Independencia, annual public holiday of Ecuador is a compulsory annual non-working public holiday in Ecuador which will be observed, this year, on Friday, August 12, 2016. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

7-Aug-2016

Slovakia

Slovakian 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministerstvo zahranicných vecí Slovenskej republiky-Bratislava) - Summary: The government of Slovakia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published its annual official list of 2017 Slovakian bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Slovakia for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Slovakia news and updates.

6-Aug-2016

Isle of Man

Isle of Man 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Isle of Man Public Services-Tynwald) - Summary: The Isle of Man Treasury Finance has officially announced the actual dates of the official annual Isle of Man bank holidays and of the non-working public holidays in the Isle of Man for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Isle of Man news and updates.

5-Aug-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 La Rioja Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Boletin Oficial De La Rioja-La Rioja) - Summary: The recently released annual list of regional public holidays in Spain's autonomous region of La Rioja for the upcoming calendar year 2017 ("días inhábiles a efectos laborales, de carácter retribuido y no recuperable, del calendario del próximo año") has been gazetted. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

4-Aug-2016

Samoa

Samoan 2016 Public Holidays Revised (Source: Samoan Ministry Of Commerce, Industry And Labour-Matagaluega o Pisinisi, Alamanuia, Leipa) - Summary: The Samoan Ministry of Commerce, Industry And Labour has released a revised list of the official non-working public holidays in Samoa for the calendar year 2016. Links: full story and other Samoa news and updates.

4-Aug-2016

Spain

Spain 2017 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 2017 in Extremadura. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

4-Aug-2016

Russia

Russian 2017 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed and officially gazetted its previously-announced annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2017" (Decree No.756 of August 4, 2016), which lists the official non-working public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

4-Aug-2016

Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast Public Holidays August 7-8 (Source: Gouvernement de Côte d'Ivoire-Abijan) - Summary: The government of the Ivory Coast, through its Ministère de l’Emploi, des Affaires Sociales et de la Solidarité Nationale, has announced that it had declared Monday, August 8, 2016, the day after the upcoming Independence Day non-working public holiday in the Ivory Coast, as another non-working public holiday in the Ivory Coast. Links: full story and other Côte d'Ivoire news and updates.

3-Aug-2016

Cook Islands

Cook Islands Public Holiday August 4 (Source: Office of Prime Minister Organization-Avarua) - Summary: The government of the Cook Islands has announced that Thursday, August 4, 2016, would be a non-working public holiday in the Cook Islands on account of the upcoming Cook Islands public holiday for Constitution Day. Links: full story and other Cook Islands news and updates.

3-Aug-2016

Suriname

Suriname Public Holiday August 9 (Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname-Paramarimbo) - Summary: The government of Suriname announced that the upcoming Dag der Inheemsen (Indigenous People's Day) annual non-working public holiday in Suriname would be observed on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, a date which has been declared a non-working public holiday in Suriname. Links: full story and other Suriname news and updates.

2-Aug-2016

Argentina

Argentina Mulls August Public Holiday Change (Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: A bill has been introduced into Argentina's Lower House (Cámara de Diputados), by MP Gustavo Valdés (UCR), which would change the rule governing the date when the "conmemoración del fallecimiento del General Don José de San Martín", annual non-working public holiday in Argentina, is observed, from the current 3rd Monday of August to the fixed date of August 17. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

2-Aug-2016

Bolivia

Bolivian Public Holidays August 5-6 (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour has issued a communique confirming that the upcoming May 24, aniversario de fundación del actual Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, annual public holiday of Bolivia is a compulsory annual non-working public holiday in Bolivia for both the private and public sectors and that it will be observed on Friday, Saturday, August 6, 2016. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

1-Aug-2016

Thailand

Thailand 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Bank of Thailand-Bangkok) - Summary: The official list and dates of the annual bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Thailand, for the upcoming calendar year 2017, has been released. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

1-Aug-2016

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Nida Public Holiday August 2 (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: Early Tuesday morning, local Hong Kong time, a level 8 cyclone warning was raised in Hong Kong, in expectation of cyclone Nida's passage later in the day, and the government of Hong Kong declared Tuesday, August 2, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in Hong Kong, as well as a bank holiday in Hong Kong, with closed government offices and schools for the day. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

1-Aug-2016

Australia

Australian NT 2016-2017 Public Holidays Amended (Source: NT Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment-Darwin) - Summary: The Government of Australia's Northern Territory has gazetted, late last week, amendments to its previously-released list of 2016 public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory and list of 2017 public holidays in Australia's Northern Territory. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

1-Aug-2016

Rwanda

Rwanda Public Holiday August 5 (Source: Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting-ORINFOR) - Summary: The Government of Rwanda through the Rwandan Ministry of Labor, has released a communique declaring Friday, August 5, 2016, as a non-working public holiday throughout Rwanda on account of the upcoming annual Umuganura Rwandan public holiday, which "normally takes place on August, 1st every year". Links: full story and other Rwanda news and updates.


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