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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2003

This monthly recap of April 2003 worldwide public holidays news and updates, covering all the countries of the world, is based on our daily review of hundreds of on-line 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.

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Paraguay Keeps Labour Day Public Holiday On Fixed Date (Source: Ministerio del Interior) - Summary: The President of Paraguay has issued Decree 20.973/03 by which he announces that he will not move the upcoming May 1st public holiday from Thursday, May 1, 2003, to Monday, May 5, 2003, as the law permits him to do (el Poder Ejecutivo no hará uso de la facultad conferídale). Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.



Belarus Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus has issued a decree declaring Monday, May 5, 2003, as a one-off non-working bridge public holiday in Belarus on account of the upcoming Radunitsa (Ancestors Veneration Day) on Tuesday, May 6, 2003. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.



China Cancels Weeklong May Public Holidays (Source: Xinhua News Agency) - Summary: The General Office of China's State Council has announced that it had decided to suspend the May Day, weeklong, Golden Week, public holidays "to reduce the flow of people across large areas so as to prevent the spread of SARS". Links: full story and other China news and updates.



Macau Declares 2 Additional Public Holidays (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Chief Executive has declared 2 one-off, half-day, public holidays for the afternoon of January 21 and December 31, 2004. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.



Guyana Assembly To Consider 2 New Public Holidays (Source: Government Information Agency-GINA) - Summary: Guyana's Minister of Home Affairs, Ronald Gajraj, has announced that during the Seventh Sitting of the Eighth Parliament, starting next week, he would move a motion for the Assembly to establish a Special Select Committee to review Guyana's list of official public holidays. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.



Singapore 2003 Deepavali Public Holiday Date Change (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower) - Summary: The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced that the upcoming Deepavali would fall on Friday, October 24, 2003. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.


Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Public Holidays Legislation Amended (Source: Office of the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands-Majuro) - Summary: The Marshall Islands have amended the legislation which governs the list and dates of non-working public holidays in the Marshall Islands. Links: full story and other Marshall Islands news and updates.



Philippines Declares April 19 Public Holiday (Source: DOLE News-Malacañang) - Summary: On April 2, Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, has signed Proclamation No. 354 declaring April 19, 2003, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as a special non-working public holiday throughout the country. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.



Honduras Amends Public Holidays Legislation (Source: Gaceta Oficial) - Summary: Honduras' President, Ricardo Maduro, has signed into law Decreto 50-2003 which moves fixed date public holidays that fall mid-week to the following Monday. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.



Kazakhstan Declares May 2nd Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Kazakhstan Today News Agency-Almaty) - Summary: The Kazakh government has passed a resolution which declares Friday, May 2, 2003, as a one-off bridge public holiday, to be observed jointly with the annual May 1st, People's Unity Day, public holiday which falls on a Thursday this year. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.



Greece Declares Public Holiday For EU Enlargement (Source: AP Worldstream) - Summary: Earlier today, Government spokesman Christos Protopapas, announced that Wednesday, April 16, 2003, had been declared a one-off public holiday in Greece. Links: full story and other Greece news and updates.


Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2004 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of non-working public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong for the upcoming calendar year 2004. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

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