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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2004

This monthly recap of April 2004 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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Sweden's National Day To Become A Public Holiday Starting In 2005 (Source: Dagens Nyheter-Stockholm) - Summary: The former Swedish EU commissioner Anita Gradin is expected to suggest that the June 6 national day be made into a full-fledged public holiday, starting in 2005. Links: full story and other Sweden news and updates.



Kazakhstan Announces May 2004 Public Holidays (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Gazeta) - Summary: The Government of Kazakhstan has announced the public holidays for the upcoming month of May 2004. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.



Guyana To Add 2 New Public Holidays (Source: GINA-Georgetown) - Summary: The Guyana National Assembly approved the motion by the Special Select Committee on the Review of Public Holidays, adding two public holidays: May 26 (Independence Day) and May 5, (Arrival Day). Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.



Bolivia Declares May 3 Public Holiday (Source: El Deber) - Summary: After a lot of hesitation, the Government of Bolivia finally issued the Decreto Supremo 27468 making Monday, May 3, 2004, a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.



UAE Declares May 1st Public Sector Holiday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Saeed Al Ghaith, has announced that Saturday, May 1, 2004, is to be officially observed as a public holiday by ministries, and public departments in the country. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.



Guyana 2004 Youmun Nabi Public Holiday Announced (Source: Guyana Chronicle-Georgetown) - Summary: The government of Guyana has announced that the Youman Nabi, birth anniversary of the Prophet, public holiday, would be commemorated on Sunday, May 2, 2004. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.



UAE Announces Prophet's Bithday Public Holiday Date (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Matar Humaid Al Tayer, has announced a public holiday for the private sector on Saturday, with May 1, 2004, to coincide with the upcoming Prophet's Birthday holiday. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.



Mauritius 2005 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Prime Minister's Office) - Summary: At its meeting of last Friday, April 23, 2004, the Cabinet of the Government of Mauritius has approved the official list of public holidays in Mauritius for the upcoming calendar year 2005. Links: other Mauritius news and updates.



Fiji Declares April 30 Public Holiday (Source: Pacific Magazine) - Summary: The Home Affairs Minister Joketani Cokanasiga has confirmed that Friday, April 30 will be a one-off public holiday and will be gazetted as such by the Labour Minister. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.



Belarus Public Holiday April 19 (Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Sergei Sidorsky, has issued a decree declaring Monday, April 19, 2004, as a one-off non-working bridge public holiday in Belarus on account of the upcoming Radunitsa (Ancestors Veneration Day) on Tuesday, April 20, 2004. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.



Estonia Amends Public and National Holidays Act (Source: Estonia's Official Gazette- Riigi Teataja-Tallinn) - Summary: Estonia's parliament has approved the Public and National Holidays Act Amendment Act (RT I 2004, 29, 193) which amends the current legislation governing public holidays, days off, and national holidays in Estonia. Links: full story and other Estonia news and updates.



Autralia ANZAC Day Public Holiday Update (Source: AAP General News-Melbourne) - Summary: The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) has announced that it had rejected the request by the Victorian Trades Hall Council which sought an extra public holiday on Monday, April 26, 2004, in lieu of Anzac Day, which falls on Sunday this year. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.


Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2005 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 2005. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

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