Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates November 2006


 
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This monthly recap of November 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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Date

Country

News Item Summary

30-Nov-2006

Tonga

Tonga Postpones Coronation Public Holiday (Source: Matangi Tonga) - Summary: The coronation of Tonga's King Siaosi Tupou V has been postponed for 12 months, following the destruction of central Nuku'alofa by riot and fires on November 16. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

29-Nov-2006

Belarus

Belarus Mulls May 9 Public Holiday (Source: Ros Business Consulting) - Summary: At the CIS summit in Minsk, a document recommending that CIS states make the Victory Day (May 9) a public holiday and adopt a national law to this effect has been made ready for signing. Links: other Belarus news and updates.

29-Nov-2006

Ukraine

(Source: RBC News) - Summary: At the CIS summit in Minsk, a document recommending that CIS states make the Victory Day (May 9) a public holiday and adopt a national law to this effect has been made ready for signing. Links: other Ukraine news and updates.

28-Nov-2006

Malaysia

Malaysia Announces 2007 Raya Haji and New Year Public Holidays Dates (Source: The Daily Express-Kuala Lumpur) - Summary: Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN), Tan Sri Mohamed Sidek Hassan, has announced that Tuesday, January 2, 2007, would be a public holiday for most states, if Hari Raya Haji falls on Sunday, December 31, 2006, as is expected. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

27-Nov-2006

Slovakia

Slovakia Stock Exchange Year-End Update (Source: Slovakia Stock Exchange-BSSE) - Summary: The Central Securities Depository of the Slovak Republic and the Bratislava Stock Exchange have announced that they will be closed from December 23, 2006 until they re-open on Monday, January 8, 2007. Links: other Slovakia news and updates.

27-Nov-2006

India

India December 1 Public Holiday In Himachal Pradesh State (Source: Zeenews) - Summary: The Himachal Pradesh government has announced a public holiday on December 1 in all panchayat areas of the state were bye-polls are being held, an official spokesman said. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

26-Nov-2006

Philippines

Philippines Clarifies ASEAN Public Holidays Details, Again (Source: Sun Star Network-Manila) - Summary: In compliance with Presidential Proclamation 1032, Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Carolino Mordeno issued a memorandum informing the three schools divisions of the special non-working holidays: there will be no classes in the three cities from Dec. 11 to 15, Mordeno told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

25-Nov-2006

Latvia

Latvia Declares November 28-29 Public Holidays (Source: LETA News Agency-Riga) - Summary: According to Latvia's admirably creative legislation, November 28 and 29 have been declared public holidays. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

25-Nov-2006

Philippines

Philippines Clarifies ASEAN Public Holidays Details (Source: Sun Star Network-Manila) - Summary: Malacañang amended Proclamation No. 1032 related to the special non-working holidays in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu for Dec. 11 to 14, 2006, during next month's Asean summit. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

24-Nov-2006

Anguilla

Anguilla 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Anguilla-The Valley) - Summary: The government of Anguilla has released the official list of public holidays in Anguilla for the upcoming calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other Anguilla news and updates.

24-Nov-2006

Poland

(Source: Warsaw Business Journal) - Summary: President Lech Kaczynski has extended the period of national mourning, declared yesterday, to last through Saturday. Links: other Poland news and updates.

23-Nov-2006

Djibouti

(Source: The Independent Online-Djibouti) - Summary: President Ismail Omar Guelleh declared three days of national mourning, to commemorate the recent death of former Djibouti president Hassan Gouled Aptidon, Links: full story and other Djibouti news and updates.

23-Nov-2006

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Declares Weeklong Mourning Period (Source: Yokwe-Majuro) - Summary: A time of national mourning in observance of the death of the Honorable Senator Ishmael John has been declared in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Links: full story and other Marshall Islands news and updates.

23-Nov-2006

Lebanon

Lebanon Declares 3 Days Of National Mourning (Source: ABC News-Beirut) - Summary: The Lebanese Government has declared three days of national mourning, starting from 22 November 2006, to mark the assassination of Minister Pierre Gemayal, who was shot dead on the streets of Beirut. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

23-Nov-2006

Poland

(Source: IHT Europe) - Summary: Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski flew to the site of the explosion that happened at the Halemba coal mine in Ruda Slaska, 300km south-west of Warsaw on Tuesday, and has declared a period of national mourning for the eight dead miners. Links: other Poland news and updates.

22-Nov-2006

Hungary

(Source: Budapest Times) - Summary: The government said that the day of Ferenc Puskás's funeral, December 9, 2006, would be a day of mourning, and that schools would be expected to remember him in lessons. Links: full story and other Hungary news and updates.

22-Nov-2006

India

Indian Banking Strike Expected On December 14 (Source: Reserve Bank of India) - Summary: The Central Trade Unions of Indian Banks have proposed a nation-wide banking strike on December 14, 2006. There may be impact on cash clearing, foreign exchange transactions and settlement of trades if the strike materializes. Links: other India news and updates.

22-Nov-2006

Ghana

Ghana Declares December 1 Public Holiday (Source: Ministry of the Interior-Republic of Ghana) - Summary: The Ministry of the Interior confirmed that Friday, December 1, which is National Farmers' Daywould be a statutory public holiday. A statement signed by Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah said the day should be observed as such throughout the country. Links: other Ghana news and updates.

22-Nov-2006

USA

(Source: Islamic Society of North America-ISNA) - Summary: Based on its criteria to use astronomical calculations for determining the dates of Islamic Lunar Calendar consistently throughout the year, the Fiqh Council of North America has decided that Eidul Adha in North America this year will be on Sunday, December 31, 2006 (Dhul Hijjah 10, 1427), since the first day of Dhul Hijjah will be Friday, December 22, 2006. Links: other USA (United States) news and updates.

21-Nov-2006

Bangladesh

Bangladesh November 20 Shutdown (Source: ASI Group) - Summary: The opposition Awami League (AL) began an indefinite nationwide transportation shutdown on 20 November to demand the removal of election chief M.A. Aziz from office. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

21-Nov-2006

Nepal

Nepal Declares November 22 Public Holiday (Source: Xinhua News Agency-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government declared a public holiday tomorrow, Wednesday, November 22, 2006, to mark the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA), which ended the more than a decade old insurgency in the country. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

20-Nov-2006

Taiwan

Taiwan 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Central Personnel Administration) - Summary: The Central Personnel Administration has released the official calendar of official non-working public holidays in Taiwan for the upcoming calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

19-Nov-2006

Philippines

Philippines Declares ASEAN Public Holidays (Source: Sun Star Network-Manila) - Summary: Malacañang has issued Proclamation No. 1032 declaring Dec. 11 to 14, 2006, to be special non-working holidays in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu for the 12th ASEAN Summit (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Links: other Philippines news and updates.

18-Nov-2006

Brazil

(Source: ADITAL) - Summary: Although not a public holiday (there is a bill in the Senate), November 20 will be marked by the Brazilian National Day of Black Self-Awareness with parades and marches in 225 of the country's 5561 cities and municipalities, including Sao Paulo and Río de Janeiro. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

17-Nov-2006

Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Stock Exchange Closing December 25 To January 2 (Source: Bulgarian Stock Exchange-BSE) - Summary: The Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE) has announced that it will be closed from Monday, December 25, 2006 to Tuesday, January 2, 2007 (inclusive). Links: other Bulgaria news and updates.

16-Nov-2006

Oman

Oman Moves Dates Of National Day Public Holidays (Source: The Times of Oman-Muscat) - Summary: Sayyid Ali bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and chairman of the Civil Service Council, yesterday issued a ministerial decision specifying the 36th National Day holiday for the government sector on November 28, 29; and for the private sector on Nov. 29, 30. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

16-Nov-2006

Thailand

Thailand Exchanges Buddhist Lent Public Holidays (Source: Bank of Thailand-Bangkok) - Summary: Thailand's government has announced that, starting in the year B.E. 2550 (ie. starting mid-April 2007), the Buddhist Lent public holiday would be dropped, and be replaced by the Asarnha Bucha Day. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

15-Nov-2006

Brazil

(Source: National NCS) - Summary: The Sao Paolo and Río de Janeiro stock exchanges will be closed on November 20, 2006, as well as banks and the following institutions: CBLC and the BM&F. Banks from other cities will be opened. Links: other Brazil news and updates.

15-Nov-2006

Spain

(Source: La Voz de Galicia) - Summary: Carnival Tuesday (February 20) and San Roque (August 16) have been selected as the 2 regional holidays for Compostela in 2007. Links: other Spain news and updates.

14-Nov-2006

Tonga

Tonga Royal Public Holidays Updates (Source: Matangi) - Summary: Following the death of the late king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, it has been said unofficially that July 4 will no longer be a public holiday in Tonga. The birthday of current King George Tupou V is May 4th, and it will probably be made into a public holiday. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

14-Nov-2006

Philippines

Philippines Moves November 30 Public Holiday (Source: Office of the Press Secretary Online-Manila) - Summary: In Proclamation 1169, which was signed by the President Nov. 10, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared November 30, 2006, Bonifacio Day (Thursday), as a regular working day this year. Instead, December 1, 2006, a Friday, will be a non-working holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

13-Nov-2006

Brazil

(Source: Reuters) - Summary: Millions are expected to travel from the 14th to the 16th on the occasion of the Day of the Republic, adding to the chaos that reigns at major Brazilian airports since the beginning of the work to rule movement by air traffic controllers. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

13-Nov-2006

Spain

(Source: La Verdad) - Summary: The urban community of La Roda voted to exchange, in 2007, the public holiday of San Isidoro (May 15) for the 21 of February 2007, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the La Roda Carnival. Links: other Spain news and updates.

11-Nov-2006

Indonesia

Indonesia 2007 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Departemen Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi-Jakarta) - Summary: Indonesia announced a joint Ministerial decision from the Minister of Religious Affairs, the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, and the State Minister for Administrative Reform, announcing the official list of Indonesian public holidays for the calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

11-Nov-2006

Russia

Russian 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Russian Government has released RF Government Resolution No. 661, which specifies the official public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for 2007. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

10-Nov-2006

Chile

Chile To Introduce New Protestant Public Holiday (Source: El Mostrador-Santiago) - Summary: Assemblymen of the Democracia Cristiana (DC) party have introduced a law proposal that would establish a special holiday in the honour of evangelical churches. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

10-Nov-2006

The Gambia

Gambia Declares November 10 National Mourning Day (Source: Gambian Observer-Banjul) - Summary: The President of the Republic His Excellency Alhagie Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh has declared Friday 10th November 2006 as a National Day of Mourning throughout the country. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

10-Nov-2006

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Changes May Day Public Holiday Date (Source: Government of Gibraltar Press Office-Gibraltar) - Summary: The Government of Gibraltar has confirmed that the Gibraltar May Day/Labour Day public holiday, for 2007, would be moved from May 1st, to Monday, May 7, 2007. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

9-Nov-2006

Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands Public Holiday November 21 (Source: Virgin Islands Daily News-St. John) - Summary: The outgoing Governor of the US Virgin Islands, Charles W. Turnbull, has declared Tuesday, November 21, 2006, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the US Virgin Islands. Links: full story and other Virgin Islands, U.S. news and updates.

9-Nov-2006

Comoros

Comoros Declares November 12 Public Holiday (Source: HZK Presse-Moroni) - Summary: The Council of Ministers, led by Vice-President Ikililou Dhoinine, has declared Sunday, November 12, 2006 (usually, Sundays are regular working days in The Comoros), as a one-off "Journée de l'unité nationale" public holiday, to commemorate the 1975 anniversary of the Comoros' admission to the United Nations. Links: full story and other Comoros news and updates.

9-Nov-2006

Gibraltar

Gibraltar 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Gibraltar Press Office-Gibraltar) - Summary: The government of Gibraltar has gazetted the "Bank and Public Holidays Order, 2006" (LN. 2006/122), which specifies the list of official bank holidays and public holidays in Gibraltar for the calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

8-Nov-2006

West Bank and Gaza

(Source: Al Jazeera) - Summary: The Palestinan government announced general national mourning for three days (Wednesday to Friday November 8-10) in all Palestinian territories following the deaths in the Gazan town of Beit Hanoun. Links: other West Bank and Gaza news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares Iqbal Day A Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Times-Karachi) - Summary: The Government has decided to celebrate birthday of national poet and philosopher of Allama Iqbal as Iqbal Day falling on Thursday and has declared it as a public holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

Germany

Germany Asked To Restore Nationwide Reformation Day Public Holiday (Source: Tagesschau-Munich) - Summary: The Evangelical-Lutheran Bishop of Bavaria, a predominantly Catholic German State, has called for Reformation Day (a Protestant holiday celebrated on October 31) to become a country-wide public holiday until at least 2017. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

Argentina

Argentina Considering Public Holiday For Municipal Employees (Source: Analisis-Parana) - Summary: A projected ordinance would make November 8th, a yearly public holiday for municipal workers. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

Mali

Mali Asked To Add 2 Christian Public Holidays (Source: Afribone-Bamako) - Summary: The Catholic Church is again petitioning the Mali government for the recognition of November 1st (All Saint's Day) and August 15th (Assumption) as public holidays. Links: full story and other Mali news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Celebrates Restored November 7 Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Star-Dhaka) - Summary: The government and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will observe National Revolution and Solidarity Day today. The government has declared the day a public holiday to mark the civil-military joint revolt that freed then army chief Major General Ziaur Rahman from captivity in Dhaka Cantonment. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

Philippines

Philippines Huli Holiday In Manila (Source: News Info-Manila) - Summary: Today, on its 31st anniversary, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) gift to the public was a Huli Holiday where there were no traffic citations and a one-day suspension of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP). Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan's November 7 Public Holiday In Question (Source: New Eurasia) - Summary: After an emergency session gathered in the Kyrgyz parliament it was announced that opposition deputies were ready to vote for a new Constitution draft as a counterbalance of the amendments proposed by the president of Kyrgyzstan yesterday. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

7-Nov-2006

USA

- Summary: Today is Mid-Term Election Day in the US; this covers all 435 representatives, one third of the 100 senators, and 36 state governors. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

5-Nov-2006

Jordan

Jordan Moves Upcoming King Hussein Public Holiday To November 12 (Source: Petra News Agency-Amman) - Summary: Jordan will observe a holiday on Sunday, November 12, in commemoration of the anniversary of the birthday of His Majesty the late King Hussein Bin Talal, which falls on Tuesday, November 14. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

4-Nov-2006

Venezuela

Venezuela Bank Holiday Update (Source: Diario El Carabobeño) - Summary: Banks and other financial institutions will be closed on Monday November 6, following the practice set forth by the National Banks Council, of having a non-working day on the following Monday, for holidays of a non-national character that fall on a weekday. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

4-Nov-2006

Colombia

(Source: Reuters) - Summary: Banks and other financial institutions will be closed on Monday November 6, as a replacement for November 1st All Saints' Day which fell on a weekday. Links: other Colombia news and updates.

3-Nov-2006

Czech Republic

Czech Senate Votes Good Friday Public Holiday (Source: Ceske Noviny-Prag) - Summary: The Senate today again submitted a bill declaring Good Friday national holiday to the Chamber of Deputies and at the same time proposed that International Women's Day be deleted from the list of Czech special days. Links: full story and other Czech Republic news and updates.

3-Nov-2006

Russia

Russia Rallies Expected On National Unity Day Public Holiday (Source: Novosti-Moscow) - Summary: Russia's nationalist forces intend to hold massive rallies across the country November 4 to mark National Unity Day, despite the refusal of authorities to sanction the action. Links: other Russia news and updates.

3-Nov-2006

French Guiana

(Source: DOM Actu) - Summary: The dates for the first round of the French legislative elections, announced on October 25, would coincide with the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in 1848, a public holiday in French Guiana. Links: full story and other French Guiana news and updates.

2-Nov-2006

Argentina

Argentina November 6 Bank Holiday Update (Source: Edicion Central) - Summary: Next Monday, November 6, is the Day of the Bank Employee (Día del Trabajador Bancario) and as such all financial establishments will be closed, although automated teller machines will function normally. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

2-Nov-2006

Ecuador

Ecuador Considering Early Announcement Of 2007 Public Holidays (Source: La Hora) - Summary: The Under-Secretary for Tourism, José Saltos, announced that he would ask the government to decree that 2007 public holidays would be observed on the same dates as in 2005. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

1-Nov-2006

Tonga

Tonga National Day Public Holiday Change (Source: Newswire-Auckland) - Summary: Tonga's government says November 4 is to be designated as Tonga National Day. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

1-Nov-2006

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares November 6 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo-Mitrab) - Summary: Monday, November 6, 2006, has been declared a one-off public holiday to coincide with the upcoming general elections. Links: other Nicaragua news and updates.

1-Nov-2006

Nepal

Nepal Cancels November 9 Public Holiday (Source: The Himalayan) - Summary: The cabinet decided not to mark Constitution Day (Sambhidhan Diwash) on November 9, 2006, and scrapped the public holiday that day. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

1-Nov-2006

Russia

Russia Bans National Unity Day Public Holiday Rallies (Source: IHT-Moscow) - Summary: Amid concern over persistent hate attacks and rising racism in Russia, Moscow's mayor announced on October 31 that he will prohibit a planned march by ultranationalist groups in the capital this weekend. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.


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