Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates May 2006

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This monthly recap of May 2006 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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UAE Changes Weekends To Friday-Saturday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: Weekend days were previously Thursdays and Fridays, but the recent Cabinet decree No.21/2006 has changed the weekend days to Fridays and Saturdays instead, as of Friday September 1st, 2006. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.



China 3-Day Public Holiday For SCO Meeting (Source: China Business News-Shanghai) - Summary: China's General Office of Shanghai Municipal People's Government published a bulletin, declaring a 3-day, June 14-16, 2006, municipal public holiday to coincide with the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit meeting. Links: full story and other China news and updates.



Latvia Law To Change Calendar Of Public Holidays (Source: Baltic Times) - Summary: On May 25, the Latvian parliament in the second reading has passed amendments that will make August 15 a new public holiday in Latvia. From now on, August 15 will be the Day of the Great Mara, to celebrate the Annunciation of Virgin Mary. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.


The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Moves Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: Cayman Islands Government Information Services-GIS) - Summary: The Governor of the Cayman Islands has signed the Public Holidays Order, 2006 which, exceptionally, sets the date of the 2006 Queen's Birthday public holiday on Monday, June 12, 2006. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.



Nepal Declares May 19 Public Holiday (Source: The Rising Nepal-Kathmandu) - Summary: The Government has announced a public holiday on Friday (today) to mark the endorsement of the historic House Proclamation 2063 BS, to dramatically cut King Gyanendra's powers and turn him into a figurehead leader, by the reinstated House of Representatives (HOR). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.


Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast Amends Public Holidays Rules (Source: Portail Officiel du Gouvernement-Abijan) - Summary: The Ivory coast government has published the décret No 96-2006 du 16 mai 2006 which mandates a Monday day in lieu public holiday when some of the fixed-date public holidays fall on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Côte d'Ivoire news and updates.



Jordan Announces May 25 Public Holiday (Source: Petra News Agency-Amman) - Summary: The government of Jordan has announced that this year's Independence Day public holiday will be observed on Thursday, May 25, 2006. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.


Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2006 Ratting Day Public Holiday Rained Out (Source: Tristan Times) - Summary: Due to bad weather, Saint Helena's dependency of Tristan da Cunha's Ratting Day Public Holiday was postponed from its scheduled date of May 11, 2006, to Friday, May 12. Links: other Saint Helena news and updates.



Uganda Declares May 12 Inauguration Public Holiday (Source: New Vision-Kampala) - Summary: Uganda's State Minister for Public Service, Patrick Okumu Ringa, announced yesterday that Friday, May 12, 2006, would be a one-off public holiday in Uganda to commemorate President Yoweri Museveni's swearing-in for his third five-year term. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.



Niger Abolishes Day In Lieu Public Holidays (Source: Site De La Presidence De La Republique Du Niger-Niamey) - Summary: Niger has gazetted the "Proposition de loi modifiant la loi instituant les fêtes légales" as the loi N° 2006-08 du 2 mai 2006, abolishing public holidays on the Monday that follows a fixed-date public holiday that falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.


Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan Renames Columbus Day Public Holiday (Source: The Saipan Tribune-Garapan) - Summary: Columbus Day was renamed Commonwealth Cultural Day, pursuant to Public Law 15-4 that was enacted in April 2006. Links: full story and other Northern Mariana Islands news and updates.



Uzbekistan Declares May 8 Public Holiday (Source: Uzbek National News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: The President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has signed a resolution declaring Monday, May 8, 2006, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan "with a aim of creation of favorable conditions for workers and rational use of working hours". Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

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