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This monthly recap of December 2014 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

18-Dec-2014

Paraguay

Paraguay 2015 Public Holidays Finalized (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: The President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, has signed the "Decreto número 2.755" which confirms that in 2015 only one of the annual non-working public holidays of Paraguay, the Battle of Boquerón anniversary, will be moved to adjoin a nearby weekend. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

17-Dec-2014

Belarus

Belarus Public Holiday December 26 (Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The government of Belarus has confirmed that the upcoming, December 20, non-working day, would be moved to December 26, 2014, which will therefore be a non-working public holiday in Belarus to link the annual Catholic Christmas Day public holiday of Belarus with the subsequent weekend. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

17-Dec-2014

Romania

Romania Gazettes January 24 Public Holiday (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: Romania's outgoing president, Traian Basescu, has signed a decree promulgating the recently-voted law declaring January 24 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Romania to mark the anniversary of the Romanian Principalities' Union. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

16-Dec-2014

China

China 2015 Public Holidays Released (Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: After axing the National Holiday Office (NHS), created in 2000, and tasked with the determination of China's annual non-working public holidays schedule, last summer, and a lot of hesitation, China's General Office of the State Council has finally released the official list of China's annual non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

15-Dec-2014

Argentina

Argentina Adds 2014-2015 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Jorge Capitanich, the Chief of Cabinet of Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has released the Decreto 2458/2014, declaring once again three, year-end, public holidays for Argentina's public sector, in addition to the previously-announced 2014 and 2015 official public holidays in Argentina. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

14-Dec-2014

Curaçao

Curacao 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Eilandgebied Curaçao-Willemstad) - Summary: The government of Curaçao has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Curaçao for the calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Curaçao news and updates.

14-Dec-2014

Vanuatu

Vanuatu 2015 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 calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Vanuatu news and updates.

14-Dec-2014

Peru

Peruvian 2015 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The government of Peru, only days after it had released its annual list of the official non-working public holidays for both the private and public sectors of Peru for the upcoming calendar year 2015, has issued the "Decreto Supremo DS N° 073-2014-PCM" which declares Friday, January 2, 2015, as a one-off nationwide non-working public holiday in Peru ("Se declara no laborable a nivel nacional el 2 de enero 2015 para trabajadores del sector público y privado"). Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

13-Dec-2014

Australia

Austalia 2017 NSW Public Holidays Released (Source: NSW Government-Sydney) - Summary: The State Government of Australia's State of New South Wales has released its annually expanded list of official non-working public holidays in Australia's State of New South Wales (NSW) for the calendar year 2017. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

13-Dec-2014

Bolivia

Bolivia Mulls Dakar Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's President, Evo Morales, has indicated that the Bolivian government was considering the declaration of Monday, January 12, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday on the occasion of the 3rd day in Bolivia of the upcoming Dakar automobile rally. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

12-Dec-2014

Bermuda

Bermuda Public Holidays Amendment Update (Source: Bermuda Department of Communication and Information-Hamilton) - Summary: The Bermuda "Public Holidays Amendment Act 2014", introduced last summer by Bermuda's Shadow Minister of Economic Development, Michael Weeks, has garnered support from the Government’s Minister of Community, Culture and Sport, Wayne Scott, during its current second reading. Links: full story and other Bermuda news and updates.

12-Dec-2014

South Korea

South Korean 2015-2016 Public Holidays (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security announced the official dates of 2015 and 2016 South Korean annual non-working public holidays, including those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar, and those 2015-2016 South Korean public holidays which fall on a Sunday. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

11-Dec-2014

Monaco

Monaco Extends 2015 Public Holidays (Source: Communiqués de presse-Principauté de Monaco) - Summary: Monaco's Palace has confirmed that January 7, 2015, the date of the presentation to the public of the Monaco Royal Twins would be a one-off non-working public holiday in Monaco. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

10-Dec-2014

Romania

Romania Extends 2014 Public Holidays (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: The Romanian Government has announced that it had declared Wednesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 31, 2014, as additional, one-off non-working public sector holidays in Romania. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

10-Dec-2014

Laos

Laos 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) - Summary: The government of Laos has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the upcoming calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Laos news and updates.

9-Dec-2014

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan December 15 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has announced that Monday, December 15, 2014, would not be declared as a bridge non-working public holiday in Kazakhstan to link the annual December 16-17 public holidays of Kazakhstan to the previous weekend. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

9-Dec-2014

Peru

Peruvian 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The government of Peru has released its annual list of the official non-working public holidays for both the private and public sectors of Peru for the upcoming calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

8-Dec-2014

USA

USA Federal Public Sector Holiday December 26 (Source: The White House-Washington DC) - Summary: US President, Barak Obama, released an Executive Order, dated December 5, once again indicating that "All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, the day after Christmas Day". Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

8-Dec-2014

Thailand

Thailand 2015 Public Holiday Completed (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: The government of Thailand has announced the date of the 2015 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 2015. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

7-Dec-2014

San Marino

San Marino 2015 Public Holidays Released (Source: Banca Centrale della Repubblica di San Marino-San Marino) - Summary: San Marino's Central Bank has published the San Marino Government's annual official list of bank holidays and non-working public holidays in San Marino for the upcoming calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other San Marino news and updates.

7-Dec-2014

Peru

Peru Mulls December 9 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo del Perú-MTPE) - Summary: Peru's Ministra de Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo, Ana Ethel del Rosario Jara Velásquez, has announced that it had not come to a final decision concerning the possibility of declaring Tuesday, December 9, 2014, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Peru on account of the COP20. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

7-Dec-2014

Paraguay

Paraguay 2015 Public Holidays Preview (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: The government of Paraguay has released initial elements of the list of annual official non-working public holidays in Paraguay for the upcoming calendar year 2015. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

6-Dec-2014

Maldives

Maldives Public Holidays December 7-8 (Source: Maldives President's Office Press Release-Male) - Summary: The Office of the President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, has released a communique declaring Sunday and Monday, December 7 and 8, 2014, as one-off non-working public holidays in the Maldives. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

6-Dec-2014

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Electoral Public Holiday December 23 (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: The Azerbaijani Central Elections Commission has announced that the date of the then upcoming municipal elections, December 23, 2014, would once again be a one-off, non-working, electoral public holiday in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

6-Dec-2014

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday December 8 (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, December 8, 2014, would be another bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "Día de la Inmaculada Concepción" annual bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

5-Dec-2014

Portugal

Portugal 2014 Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) - Summary: The Government of Portugal has announced the traditional year-end non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto) in Portugal as Wednesday, December 24, 2014, and one day to choose among December 26, 31 or January 2, 2015. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

4-Dec-2014

Vietnam

Vietnam 2015 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hanoi) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam has announced a revised version of its recently-released list of annual non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2015, with the April/May triple public holidays starting one day later. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

4-Dec-2014

Madagascar

Madagascar Public Holidays Amended (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's Conseil de Gouvernement, at its meeting of last Tuesday, issued a decree amending the "Décret N°2014- 042 fixant la liste des jours fériés, chômés et payés au titre de l'année 2014", which officially declared the list of non-working public holidays in Madagascar for the calendar year 2014, as well as the annual public holidays to come in 2015 and subsequent years. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.

3-Dec-2014

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Public Holiday December 8 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministry of Labour (MITRAB) has announced that Monday, December 8, 2014, would be a non-working public holiday in Nicaragua ("feriado nacional obligatorio con goce de salario para todos los trabajadores del país") on account of the annual Immaculate Conception Day public holiday in Nicaragua. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

3-Dec-2014

Romania

Romanian January 24 Public Holiday Official (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: The Romanian Chamber Of Deputies has voted its final approval to the Senate Bill that would declare January 24 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Romania to mark the Union of Romanian Principalities. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

2-Dec-2014

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Amends Public Holidays Legislation (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: Following last spring's passage by the Dominican Republic Senate of a bill amending the current law on the public holidays of the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic National Assembly has voted the emergency, and unanimous, passage of the iniciativa No.04467-2010-2016-CD ("Proyecto de ley mediante el cual se modifican los artículos 2 y 4 de la Ley No.139-97, del 19 de junio del 1997"). Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

2-Dec-2014

Armenia

Armenian 2014-2015 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Government of Armenia has announced amendments to the yet-to-be released annual list of official non-working public holidays in Armenia for the upcoming calendar year 2015, as well as the list of official non-working public holidays in Armenia for the calendar year 2014, announced earlier this year. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

1-Dec-2014

Nauru

Nauru Public Holiday December 3 (Source: Government Information Office of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The Government of Nauru has declared Wednesday, December 3, 2014, as another one-off non-working public holiday in Nauru on the occasion this year's International Day of Persons with Disability. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

1-Dec-2014

Ghana

Ghana Public Holiday December 5 (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Deputy Minister of the Interior, James Agalga, has announced that Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Mark Owen Woyongo, had declared Friday, December 5, 2014, as a statutory non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of the upcoming Farmers Day annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

1-Dec-2014

Australia

Australian Victoria Announces New Public Holidays (Source: State Government of Victoria-Melbourne) - Summary: The recently-elected Premier-elect of the State Government of Australia's State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has announced that he would make good on his promise of 2 new public holidays in Victoria by the publication of their declaration in the Government Gazette (as opposed to a possibly lengthy parliamentary debate). Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.


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