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Bhutan bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 5 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Bhutan Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan.  2 Tue Winter Solstice (Nyilo)
     17 Wed Traditional Day of Offering
Feb. 16 Fri Dangpa Losar (Lunar New Year) (Year of the Earth Male Dog)
     17 Sat Losar Holiday
     21 Wed Anniversary of His Majesty the King
     22 Thu Anniversary of His Majesty the King Holiday
     23 Fri Anniversary of His Majesty the King Holiday
Apr. 25 Wed Zhabdrung Kuchhoe (Death Anniversary of Zhabdrung)
May   2 Wed Anniversary of the 3rd Druk Gyalpo
     29 Tue Lord Buddha's Parinirvana
June    Sat Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche
July    Mon The First Sermon of Lord Buddha
Sep.    Sat Thimphu Drubchoe (Thimphu) Municipal
        Wed Thimphu Tshechu (Thimphu) Municipal
        Thu Thimphu Tshechu (Thimphu) Municipal
        Fri Thimphu Tshechu (Thimphu) Municipal
        Sun Blessed Rainy Day (Thrue Bab)
Oct.    Fri Dassain
        Wed Descending Day of Lord Buddha (Lhabab Duechen)
Nov.    Thu Druk Gyalpo Coronation Anniversary
        Sun Anniversary of the 4th Druk Gyalpo / Constitution Day / GNH Day
Dec.    Mon National Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

24 Sep 2017 Bhutanese Public Holiday September 26 (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced Tuesday, September 26, 2017, as the date of the upcoming non-working public holiday in Bhutan and in its capital, Thimphu, for the annual Bhutanese public holiday of Thimphu Drubchen.  21 Sep 2017 Bhutanese 2017 Thrue Bab Public Holiday (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced and confirmed that Saturday, September 23, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming 2017 Blessed Rainy Day or Thrue-Bab annual Bhutanese public holiday.  23 Jul 2017 Bhutanese Public Holiday July 27 (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Thursday, July 27, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Bhutanese non-working public holiday for the Drukpa Tshe Zhi (First Sermon of Lord Buddha).  28 Jun 2017 Bhutanese Public Holiday July 3 (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Monday, July 3, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Bhutanese non-working public holiday for the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have brought Buddhism to Bhutan.  03 May 2017 Bhutanese Public Holiday May 5 (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Friday, May 5, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming Zhabdrung Kuchoe (Death Anniversary of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the Unifier of Bhutan), annual Bhutanese non-working public holiday.  30 Apr 2017 Bhutanese Public Holidays May 2 and 5 (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Tuesday, May 2, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Birth Anniversary of the Third King of Bhutan non-working public holiday, and that Friday, May 5, 2017, would likewise be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Zhabdrung Kuchoe public holiday of Bhutan.  11 Mar 2017 Bhutanese Public Holiday March 11 (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) Bhutan's Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs have declared today, Saturday, March 11, 2017, a government non-working public holiday in Bhutan, due to the "first" snowfall of the winter.  03 Jan 2017 Bhutanese January 5 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Thursday, January 5, 2017, would not be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming Ngyenpa Guzom (Meeting of the Nine Evils) former Bhutanese non-working public holiday.  12 Dec 2016 Bhutanese Public Holiday December 17 (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has announced that Saturday, December 17, 2016, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan on the occasion of the upcoming annual National Day Bhutanese non-working public holiday, marking the anniversary of the coronation of the First King of Bhutan, Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuck, on December 17, 1907.  28 Oct 2016 Bhutanese 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has released its annual official list of national and regional non-working public holidays in Bhutan for the upcoming calendar year 2017, and for 2018 until the Losar Lunar New Year public holiday of Bhutan, comprising the end of the present Year of the Fire Male Monkey and most of the upcoming Year of the Fire Female Bird.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Bhutan public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Bhutan are regulated by article 5.22 of the "Rules and Regulations on Employment of Bhutanese Nationals in the Private Sector" and section 108 of the Labour and Employment Act of Bhutan 2007, which stipulates that employees are entitled to a minimum of 9 public holidays each year, inclusive of the birth anniversary of His Majesty the King and the National Day in addition to the normal days of rest. The specific dates of public holidays are confirmed yearly by decree.  Workweek: Government employees work five days a week, from 9am to 5pm in the summer, and 9am to 4pm in the winter. The private sector works 5 and a half to 6 days a week.  The Dasain ceremony, which symbolises the victory of good over evil, was declared a national holiday in Bhutan by His Majesty the King in 1980.  Two wonderfully named holidays, the Blessed Rainy Day (Thrue) and the day of the Meeting of Nine Evils (Ngenpa Guzom) were canceled in 2007, but then in 2009, Blessed Rainy Day was restored as a public holiday in Bhutan.  Thimphu Tshechu is a public holiday in Thimphu only.  Constitution Day: The full, official name for this public holiday is The signing and the endorsement of the Draft Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Bhutan International Codes BT and BTN (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .bt (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Bhutan information and news: Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (Bhutan central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Bhutan maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Bhutan), and Wikipedia (includes Bhutan commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Bhutan, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Bhutan that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Bhutan, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.

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Bhutanese Calendar Public Holidays : The rules used to predict public holidays based on the Bhutanese lunar calendar in Bhutan are based on the models described in the book "Kalacakra and the Tibetan Calendar", by Edward Henning, published as part of the "Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences" series. We are grateful to Dr. Henning for his assistance in helping us understand and implement the Bhutanese calendar in Q++ Studio.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Bhutan, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Bhutan, before planning any trip to Bhutan. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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