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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates December 2006

This monthly recap of December 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

31-Dec-2006

Swaziland

Swaziland Incwala Public Holiday Date Still Uncertain (Source: Sunday Times-Mbabane) - Summary: At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, Swaziland's Prime Minister, Themba Dlamini, has confirmed that the date for the Incwala main day, and related public holiday, was still unknown ("I have no idea when the Incwala holiday will be"). Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

31-Dec-2006

Spain

Spain 2007 Asturias Public Holidays Announced (Source: El Comercio) - Summary: In 2007, the Principado de Asturias autonomous region will celebrate the Día de Asturias on September 8. This will be the only public holiday, observed in the Asturias, that will be distinct from the 9 public holidays common to the rest of Spain. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

31-Dec-2006

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Eid-ul-Azha Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Bangladesh News-Dhaka) - Summary: The government of Bangladesh has announced that tomorrow, Monday, January 1, 2007, would be marked as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha (Feast of Sacrifice). Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

31-Dec-2006

El Salvador

El Salvador Restores January 16 Public Holiday (Source: Diario Oficial-San Salvador) - Summary: El Salvador, through the Decreto Legislativo 177 de 20 Diciembre 2006, has declared January 16, 2007, Día de la Paz as a fully-paid public holiday, for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

31-Dec-2006

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan 2006 Kurban Bayram Public Holidays Announced (Source: Interfax-Ashgabad) - Summary: Turkmenistan is marking the beginning of the Eid-ul-Adha holiday, also known as Kurban Bairam. Links: other Turkmenistan news and updates.

31-Dec-2006

Iraq

Iraq Declares Different Eid Public Holidays (Source: Reuters) - Summary: Wednesday, January 3, 2007, is the last day of the Eid al Adha religious holiday for Shi'ites in Iraq, but the government has declared a public holiday lasting until Saturday (NB: weekends are Thursdays and Fridays in Iraq). Links: other Iraq news and updates.

30-Dec-2006

USA

USA Bank and Financial Sector Holiday January 2 (Source: The Wall Street Journal) - Summary: NYSE to Close in Ford's Honor. On Friday, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) joined the Nasdaq Stock Market in announcing it would close on Tuesday January 2nd, 2007, in observance of a national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford. Links: other USA (United States) news and updates.

30-Dec-2006

Suriname

Suriname Announces Eid al Adha Date (Source: Stabroek News) - Summary: Suriname's Muslim community will observe Eid al Adha on December 31 (it is not one of the Suriname public holidays, although Eid al Fitr is). Links: other Suriname news and updates.

30-Dec-2006

Libya

Libya Declares 3-Day Public Holidays (Source: The Associated Press) - Summary: Libya declared three days of national mourning after the execution, today, of Iraqi ex-president Saddam Hussein. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

30-Dec-2006

Ghana

Ghana Declares January 2 Public Holiday (Source: GNA-Ghana News Agency) - Summary: Government declares January 2 a public holiday. In view of the fact that Eid-Ul-Adha, a statutory public holiday, falls on Saturday December 30, President John Agyekum Kufuor has declared Tuesday, January 2, 2007 a public holiday. Links: other Ghana news and updates.

30-Dec-2006

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Announces Date Of Eid al Adha (Source: Stabroek News) - Summary: Trinidad and Tobago's Muslim community will observe Eid al Adha on December 31 (it is not one of the Trinidad and Tobago public holidays, although Eid al Fitr is). Links: other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

Somalia

(Source: Trib.com) - Summary: Eid al-Adha Cease-Fire: As a sign of goodwill, President Abdullahi Yusuf and the Ethiopian government declared a 24-hour cease-fire in Somalia, and particularly Mogadishu, to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Saturday, December 30. Links: other Somalia news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares January 2 Public Holiday (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE), Central Depository Company of Paksitan Limited (DCD) and National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCC) have announced that in addition to January 1, 2007, January 2, 2007 will also be a holiday in Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

The Gambia

Gambia Announces Tobaski Public Holiday Date (Source: The Gambia Journal-Banjul) - Summary: Sunday is the Tobaski Muslim Feast: A press release from the Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) has relayed that Eid Al Adha, locally known as Tobaski, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 31st December. Links: other The Gambia news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

USA

USA Federal Public Sector Holiday January 2 (Source: The News) - Summary: President George W. Bush decreed a day of national mourning on Tuesday January 2, in homage to former President Gerald Ford. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

Ecuador

Ecuador Bank Holiday On December 29 (Source: Confirmado) - Summary: The Asociación de Bancos Privados del Ecuador (ABPE) announced that, with the authorization of the Superintendencia de Bancos y Seguros (Ecuador's equivalent to the SEC) banks in Ecuador will work behind closed doors on December 29, to close the 2006 accounts. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

Guyana

Guyana Confirms January 1st Public Holidays (Source: The Guyana Chronicle) - Summary: Guyana's Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that both New Year's Day and Eid-ul-Azah would be observed as national public holidays, on the same date of January 1, 2007, without this coincidence giving rise to a day in lieu public holiday. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

Argentina

Argentina Announces December 30 Partial Bank Holiday (Source: La Razón-Buenos Aires) - Summary: On Saturday December 30, 2006, banks will be open from 10:00 to 15:00, but only emergency government services will be running. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

Slovenia

(Source: Europa Press Releases) - Summary: Slovenia will adopt the euro on the 1st of January 2007 at the rate of 239.640 Tolars per euro, a rate fixed in July by ECOFIN ministers. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.

29-Dec-2006

Chile

Chile - No Bank Holiday On December 29 (Source: Superintendencia de Bancos e Instituciones Financieras-Santiago) - Summary: Facing many questions from the public, the Superintendencia de Bancos e Instituciones Financieras (SBIF) officially confirmed that Friday December 29, 2006,was not a bank holiday in Chile, and that banks in Chile would open and operate normally. Links: other Chile news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan Announces 2007 School Holidays (Source: The Daily Times-Karachi) - Summary: Education Minister, Hameeda Khuhro, announced the school holidays and examination schedule for educational institutions, for 2007. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Taiwan

Taiwan Election Update (Source: The China Post-Taipei) - Summary: The ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition Kuomintang Party are slowly moving towards an agreement on a two-in-one election (both Presidential and Legislative Elections), on the same date of January 19, 2008. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Argentina

Argentina Financial Sector Public Holiday (Source: National NCS) - Summary: The Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and the Mercado de Valores de Buenos Aires will be closed today, December 29, 2006. However, all local banks and following entities in Buenos Aires will observe normal working hours on that day. Links: other Argentina news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Qatar

Qatar Bank And Financial Eid Al Adha Holiday (Source: The Peninsula On-line) - Summary: The Doha Securities Market (DSM) will remain closed from December 31, 2006 to January 2, 2007 on the occasion of Eid Al Adha. Links: other Qatar news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Gazettes Constitution Public Holiday (Source: Government of Gibraltar Press Office-Gibraltar) - Summary: The government of Gibraltar has gazetted the "Bank and Public Holidays Order(No.2) 2006" (LN. 2006/160), which declares Monday, January 29, 2007, as a one-off bank and public holiday. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Nepal

Nepal CA Elections Scheduled For June 2007 (Source: The Rising Nepal) - Summary: The government has formally initiated the groundwork for conducting the election to a constituent assembly by mid-June 2007. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Chile

Chile To Legislate Store Openings On Public Holidays' Eves (Source: Mundo Posible) - Summary: Three Chilean deputies (one DC, one PPD, and one independent) and the Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores del Comercio (Confecove) have introduced a bill that would legislate on opening hours before major holidays. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

28-Dec-2006

Transdniestria

Transdniestria Adds New Public Holiday (Source: Olvia Press) - Summary: On 27 December, the President of Pridnestrovie (PMR), Igor Smirnov, signed the law passed by the Supreme Soviet on 20 December, making January 2nd, every year, a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Transdniestria news and updates.

27-Dec-2006

Indonesia

Indonesia Bank And Financial Holiday On December 29 (Source: Jakarta Stock Exchange) - Summary: The Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) has announced that December 29, 2006 (Friday) will be a stock exchange holiday in Indonesia. Links: other Indonesia news and updates.

27-Dec-2006

Honduras

Honduras Clarifies End Of The Year Civil Service Public Holidays (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: It was restated that, as per the decreto legislativo 50-2003, passed by the Congreso Nacional, the only 2 days of public holidays for civil servants, in Honduras, are December 25 and January 1. Government services will be functioning on all other dates. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

27-Dec-2006

Spain

(Source: Terra Noticias) - Summary: The official Catalonia winter rebates season (rebajas de invierno) will begin on January 8, 2007, and end on March 7, 2007. Businesses will not be allowed to open on January 7, 2007, the day before the beginning of the rebates season, however they will be permitted to open the following Sunday, January 14, 2007. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

27-Dec-2006

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: On December 19, Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers issued Decree 264 fixing the dates and extent of movable religious public holidays for the year 2007. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

27-Dec-2006

Oman

Oman Announces Duration Of Eid al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: The Times of Oman-Muscat) - Summary: Eid Al Adha holidays: At the ministries, public authorities and other departments of the state administrative apparatus, the Eid Al Adha Al Mubarak holidays will be from Saturday, December 30 until the end of Wednesday, January 3, 2007. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

27-Dec-2006

USA

(Source: WNDU FM) - Summary: Indiana State Representatives have proposed a referendum to determine whether the state should be on Eastern or Central Time Zone. Another senator has filed a bill to require the governor to request the entire state be placed on Central Time. Links: other USA (United States) news and updates.

26-Dec-2006

UAE

UAE Announces Same Eid Al Adha Public Holidays Dates For All (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: Private sector gets the same holidays as public sector; according to a decision by Dr. Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour, private sector employees will get a four-day holiday from Friday, December 29 to Monday, January 1 to mark Eid Al Adha and the New Year. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

26-Dec-2006

India

India's Punjab State Announces Official List Of 2007 Public Holidays (Source: Punjab Newline) - Summary: Last Friday, the Punjab state government announced the calendar of 24 gazetted Punjab public holidays for 2007. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

26-Dec-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan Confusion About Date Of Upcoming Eid-ul-Azha Public Holiday (Source: The Pakistan Tribune-Peshawar) - Summary: Despite the federal government's earlier announcement that Eid should be celebrated on January 1 (see our news story of December 25), the Masjid Qasim Ali Khan committee announced that Eid ul Azha would be celebrated in the NWFP and tribal areas on December 31. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

26-Dec-2006

Russia

Russia-Belarus Union Vote Date Still Not Set (Source: Interfax) - Summary: At a press conference, yesterday, Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) chairman Alexander Veshnyakov said that the time has yet to come to hold a referendum on the unification of Russia and Belarus. Links: other Russia news and updates.

26-Dec-2006

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Elections On February 11 (Source: Reuters-Ashgabad) - Summary: The People's Assembly, Turkmenistan's top legislative body, unanimously voted in favor of holding a presidential election on February 11, 2007, to choose a successor to the late President Saparmurat Niyazov. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 2006 Eid Al Adha Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bernama) - Summary: According to a surprise last minute statement, bringing forward by one day of the beginning of the month of Dhu Al Hijja, issued by the Supreme Judicial Council in Saudi Arabia late on Wednesday night, the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijja began on Thursday, December 21, and therefore Arafat day will fall on Friday, December 29, and the first day of Eid Al Adha on December 30 (instead of the expected December 31). Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan Celebrates Quaid-i-Azam's 130th Anniversary (Source: The Pakistan Tribune-Karachi) - Summary: Today is a public holiday in Pakistan, not only on account of Christmas Day, but most importantly because it marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, often called the Father of the Nation. Links: other Pakistan news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

UAE

UAE Announces End-Of-Year Public Holidays (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: Four-day holiday for public sector: Abu Dhabi: Ministries and public sector institutions will be closed from Dhu Al Hijja 9 (December 29) to Dhu Al Hijja 13 (January 1) to observe Eid Al Adha. Links: other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Declares 10 Days Of Public Holidays In January (Source: Onasa News Agency-MRT) - Summary: The Serb part of Bosnia Herzegovina, the Republika Srpska, has announced 10 non-working public holidays in January 2007. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan's Ruet-i- Hilal Announces Date Of Eid ul Azha Public Holiday (Source: The Pakistan Times-Islamabad) - Summary: The Chairman of the Central Ruet-i- Hilal Committee, Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman, announced that the Zilhaj moon has not been sighted anywhere in the country on Thursday and that the first of Zilhaj will fall on December 23, 2006. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

Algeria

Algerian 2006-2007 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian public sector ministry (Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique) has announced that Saturday and Sunday, December 30-31, 2006, and Monday, January 1, 2007, had been declared as paid non-working public holidays (journées chômées et payées) on account of the upcoming Aïd el-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and of the Western New Year. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

Bahrain

Bahrain Announces Eid Al Adha Public Sector Holidays (Source: The Gulf Times-Manama) - Summary: Public sector employees and students will remain away from the office and schools for nine days. The nine-day holiday will start on Friday December 29, the day before Eid Al Adha, and will end on January 6, 2007, with all ministries and government establishments and organizations remaining closed. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

China

China Will Retain Golden Weeks Public Holidays In 2007 (Source: China Daily) - Summary: According to a circular from the central government, China will maintain week-long or Golden Week public holidays around the Spring Festival, the May Day and the National Day in 2007. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

25-Dec-2006

West Bank and Gaza

(Source: Palestine News Network-PNN) - Summary: The Palestinian authorities have followed the controversial Saudi anticipated announcement of the Eid Al Adha Muslim holiday, which was called to begin on 30 December, 2006, in the West Bank and Gaza. Links: full story and other West Bank and Gaza news and updates.

24-Dec-2006

Australia

Australia Pondering Extent Of APEC Public Holiday (Source: Sydney Morning Herald) - Summary: NSW Premier Morris Iemma will make a decision in the next few weeks as to whether just Sydney or the whole of NSW will get a public holiday during September's APEC summit. Mr Iemma confirmed a public holiday would be necessary on Friday, September 7, so security forces could close down most of the city's streets for the meeting of 21 Asia-Pacific leaders. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

24-Dec-2006

Algeria

Algeria Changes Date Of Feast Of Sacrifice Public Holiday (Source: L'Expression-Algiers) - Summary: The Ministère des Affaires religieuses et des Wakfs announced yesterday, finally, that the date for the Aïd El Adha would be Saturday December 30, 2006. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

24-Dec-2006

Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Moving Public Holidays Credited With Improved Tourism (Source: Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) - Summary: The ICT (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) has just released a report showing a markedly improved tourism trade in 2006 (tourism accounts for 22% of Costa Rica's foreign trade, and 7.5% of its GDP). One of the points noted in the report, is that the recent practice of moving fixed date public holidays to the following Monday, has played a part in this improvement in tourism. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

24-Dec-2006

Philippines

Philippines ASEAN Summit Public Holidays Dates Still Uncertain (Source: The Manila Standard-Manila) - Summary: Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN, regrouping Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei Darrusalam, Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia) and six other dialog partners will be attending the re-scheduled Asean and East Asia summits next month, from Jan. 10 to 15, 2007, in Cebu, at the Shangri-La Mactan and the Cebu International Convention Center. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

23-Dec-2006

French Polynesia

French Polynesia Local Election Dates Delayed (Source: Tahiti Presse) - Summary: The election of the President of French Polynesia was delayed until next Tuesday, December 26, due to a lack of quorum in the Assembly (who elects the President). Links: full story and other French Polynesia news and updates.

23-Dec-2006

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares January 1-3 Public Holidays (Source: The Tide-Lagos) - Summary: The Federal Government has declared Tuesday and Wednesday January 2-3, 2007 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir (Sallah) celebrations. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

23-Dec-2006

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan National Mourning Until December 30 (Source: Al Jazeera-Ashgabad) - Summary: Following the death of Turkmenistan's autocratic president, Saparmurat Niyazov, who died of heart failure last Thursday, and whose funeral is scheduled for next Sunday, all restaurants, cafes and liquor shops were closed throughout the country, and weddings were ordered to be postponed until December 30, the end of the national mourning period. Links: other Turkmenistan news and updates.

22-Dec-2006

Guyana

Guyana Announces Date Of Eid-ul-Adha Public Holiday (Source: Stabroek News) - Summary: January 1 has been declared a public holiday to observe Eid-ul-Adha, although within the local Muslim community, the festival day will be observed on different dates. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.

22-Dec-2006

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Declares December 30 Public Holiday (Source: Jahon News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: Uzbekistan's President, Islam Karimov, has issued a resolution declaring Saturday, December 30, 2006, the date of the upcoming Kurban Hayit (Eid al-Adha), as a national non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

22-Dec-2006

Philippines

Philippines Renews End-Of-The-Year Public Holidays Truce For 2006 (Source: Reuters) - Summary: Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo approved on Thursday a suspension of military offensives against communist rebels during the holidays season. The truce with communist rebels would start on Dec. 24 and run up to midnight of Dec. 25. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Poland

Poland To Hold Referendum On Euro (Source: Portalino) - Summary: Poland, through its Minister of Finance, Zyta Gilowska, has stated its intention to meet the euro criteria by 2009 and hold a referendum in 2010. Links: other Poland news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Tonga

Tonga Announces Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Mantagi Tonga Online) - Summary: The Tongan Government will officially close down for its Christmas and New Year holiday on Friday December 22. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

South Korea

South Korea Election Day Public Holiday (Source: The Chosun Ilbo-Seoul) - Summary: The next presidential election will occur on December 19, 2007. This will be a partial public holiday. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Declares Weeklong Mourning Period (Source: Pacific Magazine-Majuro) - Summary: Mashall Islands President Kessai H. Note has declared the period from December 20, 2006 through December 26, 2006 as a time of national mourning in observance of the death of the Honorable Justin de Brum, who was a long time member of the Nitijela representing Kwajalein Atoll. Links: full story and other Marshall Islands news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Swaziland

Swaziland Begins Little Incwala Ceremonies (Source: The Swazi Observer-Mbabane) - Summary: The first day of the little Incwala ceremony attracted over 1500 members of various regiments as it unraveled, today, within the national cattle byre at Ludzidzini yesterday afternoon. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Brazil

(Source: National NCS) - Summary: All the Brazilian banking and financial markets will be closed on Friday, December 29, 2006. Links: other Brazil news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands 2006-2007 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Virgin Islands Daily News-St. John) - Summary: The Governor of the US Virgin Islands, Charles W. Turnbull, has declared year-end public sector holidays for December 2006 and January 2007. Links: full story and other Virgin Islands, U.S. news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Uruguay

Uruguay To Vote On July 19 Public Holiday (Source: Ultimas Noticias) - Summary: The council of Ministers is expected to announce, next Tuesday, the officialization, by President Tabaré Vázquez, of June 19, as an additional public holiday, powerfully named Nunca Más (never again) to commemorate the painful 3 past decades of political violence. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Angola

Angola Hints At Date Of Next Elections (Source: Angop News Agency-Luanda) - Summary: The state Angop news agency said the Council of the Republic, a body chaired by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, had advised splitting legislative and presidential elections, holding the former in 2008 (between May and August) and the latter in 2009 (also between May and August). Links: full story and other Angola news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Peru

Peru Clarifies Status Of December 26 (Source: Peru.com-Lima) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor felt obliged, today, to specify that Tuesday December 26 would not be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan's President Dies (Source: IWPR-Ashgabad) - Summary: President Saparmurat Niazov, died this morning of a heart attack. As news of Niazov's death broke, Turkmenistan announced a 7-day period of national mourning, and closed its borders. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

21-Dec-2006

Philippines

Philippines Christmas Holidays Truce Uncertain (Source: Reuters) - Summary: The Philippine military has recommended suspending offensives against communist rebels during Christmas and New Year, the chief of staff said on Wednesday, two weeks after ruling out such a truce (see our story of December 7, 2006). Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

Peru

Peru End-Of-Year Shopping Hours (Source: Gato Encerrado-Lima) - Summary: Following an agreement with the government, shopping malls (Centros Comerciales) will be allowed to open up to 2 additional hours per day, between December 18 and 24, 2006. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

French Polynesia

French Polynesia Local Election Dates Announced (Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) - Summary: An election for the position of the President of French Polynesia will be held on 21 December, within the legally set limit of 2 weeks after a motion of no confidence in the Temaru Government succeeded. Links: other French Polynesia news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Public Holidays From December 31 to January 7 (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: Social policy permanent commission chairman, Hadi Rejebli, has announced that as the upcoming 2 days for the Feast of Sacrifice public holiday will fall on the same date as the annual December 31 and January 1 public holidays, additional days in lieu public holidays had been declared for January 3-4-5. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

Belarus

Belarus Public Holiday January 2 (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 Tuesday, January 2, 2007, as a one-off non-working bridge public holiday in Belarus on account of the upcoming New Year annual non-working public holiday in Belarus. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

Argentina

Argentina Declares December 22 and 29 Public Sector Holidays (Source: Info BAE-Buenos Aires) - Summary: National and provincial civil servants will get 2 additional public holidays, on December 22 and 29, 2006. However, municipal employees in Buenos Aires will not. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Declares January 29 Public Holiday (Source: Panorama-Gibraltar) - Summary: The Government has announced that it would declare a one-off public holiday on Monday, January 29, 2007, to mark the approval of the New Constitution by the Privy Council, and its commencement on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Electoral Public Holiday Update (Source: Kerala Next) - Summary: National election now on January 22: Earlier, the Electoral Commission shifted the polling date to January 23 next from its initial schedule on January 21, but it once again changed the voting date, this time to January 22. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

20-Dec-2006

Cuba

Cuba Declares January 2 One-Off Public Holiday (Source: Es Más-La Habana) - Summary: The Minister of Labor and Social Secutrity has decreed that Tuesday January 2, 2006, would be a one-off additional public holiday. Links: other Cuba news and updates.

19-Dec-2006

Iran

(Source: Armées) - Summary: Every year, Iran holds celebrations from February 1-11, leading up to its National Day. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

19-Dec-2006

Colombia

(Source: Bolsa De Valores de Colombia-Bogota) - Summary: The Colombian Stock Market (BVC: Bolsa De Valores de Colombia) will be closed on Friday December 29, 2006. Links: other Colombia news and updates.

18-Dec-2006

The Gambia

Gambia Declares December 18 Post-Election Public Holiday (Source: All Africa) - Summary: President Jammeh declared today, December 18, 2006, a public holiday to celebrate his victory in the September elections. Links: other The Gambia news and updates.

18-Dec-2006

Malaysia

Malaysia's Sarawak Clarifies 2007 Public Holidays Dates (Source: Bernama-Kuching) - Summary: The State of Sarawak has announced that January 2, 2007, will be a public holiday in Sarawak if Hari Raya Aidiladha falls on December 31, this year. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

18-Dec-2006

Portugal

(Source: Económico-Lisboa) - Summary: A metro strike is scheduled to take place in Lisbon, from 0630 to 1200, on December 19, 2006. Alternative bus service will be provided during the hours of the strike. Additional work stoppages are scheduled to take place on 9 and 11 January 2007. Links: other Portugal news and updates.

17-Dec-2006

Bhutan

Bhutan Transition Likely To Affect Public Holidays List (Source: Indian Muslims-Guwahati) - Summary: Former king Jigme Singye Wangchuck in a hush-hush royal decree handed over the reins of Bhutan to his eldest son Jigme Khesar who assumed office Thursday as the fifth ruler in the Wangchuck dynasty that came to power in December 1907. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

17-Dec-2006

West Bank and Gaza

(Source: IMEMC News) - Summary: Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will present a speech on Saturday and is expected to keep the Hamas-run government in power for a short period before calling a referendum in March 2007, the Maan News Agency reported. The agency said that Abbas is also expected to announce that presidential and legislative elections will be held two months after holding the referendum. Links: other West Bank and Gaza news and updates.

16-Dec-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Pakistan Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) - Summary: The Ministry of the Interior of the Government of Pakistan has published the list of official public holidays in Pakistan for the calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

16-Dec-2006

Spain

(Source: Travel Canoe) - Summary: First-ever direct passenger flights between Spain and Gibraltar begin, following an accord reached in September among Britain, Spain and Gibraltar. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

15-Dec-2006

Nauru

Nauru 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Government of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The Government of Nauru has released its annual list of non-working public holidays in Nauru for the calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

15-Dec-2006

UAE

UAE Upcoming Elections (Source: KUNA) - Summary: The voters in the electorates of Abu Dhabi and al-Fujaira will go to polls on Saturday December 15 to elect four and two members of the National Assembly respectively. Up to 6,679 eligible voters in the United Arab Emirate will start casting their votes in the seven UAE electorates on Saturday through December 20. Links: other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

15-Dec-2006

Russia

Russia Sets Presidential Election Date (Source: TASS-Moscow) - Summary: Russia's next presidential election will be held on March 2, 2008, despite recent media reports of a different date. Presidential campaigns will begin on December 1, 2007, Veshnyakov said on Thursday. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

15-Dec-2006

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Declares Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Gazeta) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has announced two, year-end, 4-day public holidays for December 2006 and January 2007. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

15-Dec-2006

Cape Verde

Cape Verde 2007-2008 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Boletim Oficial-República de Cabo Verde) - Summary: The government of Cape Verde has declared one off public sector holidays on Tuesday, December 26, 2006, and Tuesday, January 2, 2007. Links: full story and other Cape Verde news and updates.

15-Dec-2006

Italy

(Source: ASI Group) - Summary: Employees of Alitalia launched a 24-hour strike on 15 December 2006, which forced Alitalia to cancel 472 flights on 15 and 16 December, including at least 209 international flights. Most concerned are Rome and Milan airports. Links: other Italy news and updates.

14-Dec-2006

Kuwait

Kuwait Announces 9-Day Eid Al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: The Kuwait times) - Summary: Kuwaiti Government sources have said that the upcoming Eid Al-Adha holidays will total nine days, including two weekends (weekends in Kuwait are Thursdays and Fridays). Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

14-Dec-2006

China

China 2007 Public Holidays Schedule Announced (Source: State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: The State Council of China has released the official list of 2007 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for the 3 weeklong Golden Week public holidays. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

14-Dec-2006

Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2006-2007 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: La Prensa-Nicaragua) - Summary: The Nicaragua Minister of Labor, Virgilio Gurdián, announced that civil servants (as defined by Article 69 of the Nicaragua Labor Law Code) will be on public holidays leave from December 22, 2006, to January 1, 2007, inclusively. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

13-Dec-2006

Chile

Chile Cancels Corpus Christi Public Holiday (Source: Senado-República de Chile) - Summary: The law, replacing the holiday of Corpus Christi with a new national holiday, on July 16 every year, to celebrate the Virgen del Carmen (Boletines Nos 3379-06 y 3868-06, Refundidos), has just been sent for approval to President Bachelet. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

13-Dec-2006

Argentina

Argentina Observes The Día del Petróleo Nacional Public Holiday (Source: El Diario de Madryn-Chubut State) - Summary: Today, in the province of Chubut, will be held the Día del Petróleo Nacional provincial public holiday. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

13-Dec-2006

Spain

(Source: La Voz de Galicia) - Summary: The Galician Parliament approved unanimously a new law that restricts the opening of stores on Sundays and public holidays, in Galicia. Links: other Spain news and updates.

13-Dec-2006

India

India Bracing For Banking Strike (Source: National Australia Bank) - Summary: As a follow-up to the news item of November 22, it has been reported that the proposed banking sector strike by the Central Trade Unions of Indian Banks is likely to take place on December 14, 2006 (Thursday), as anticipated. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

12-Dec-2006

Peru

Peru's San Martin Province Declares December 12 Public Holiday (Source: Peru.com-Lima) - Summary: Today, December 12, 2006, has been declared a public holiday for civil servants in the province of San Martin (Decreto Regional 004-2006) to commemorate the victory of the regional volleyball team at the XII Juegos Deportivos-Sudamericano Escolar 2006, which took place in Medellín (Colombia). Links: other Peru news and updates.

12-Dec-2006

Bahrain

Bahrain December 18 Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: ASI) - Summary: There are unconfirmed reports, quoting the Bankers Society of Bahrain, that the 2 national day holidays of December 16 and 17, 2006, will be followed by an additional day of public holiday on Monday, December 18, 2006. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

12-Dec-2006

Philippines

Philippine's Cebu Cancels Local ASEAN Public Holidays (Source: News Info) - Summary: Local government and education officials in Metro Cebu have decided to cancel the 4-day holiday on Dec. 11-14 and ordered the resumption of work in government offices and of classes in all levels. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

12-Dec-2006

Philippines

Philippines Postpones ASEAN Summit And Public Holidays (Source: Philippine Information Agency-PIA) - Summary: The Asean summit, originally scheduled this week, has been tentatively rescheduled for January 11 to 14, 2007, amidst the issuance of travel advisories by Britain, the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

11-Dec-2006

Chile

Chile's Pinochet Dies - No National Mourning (Source: Courier Mail-Santiago) - Summary: Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, died at 91 on Sunday, and will not have a state funeral or national mourning. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

10-Dec-2006

Peru

Peru End-Of-Year Public Sector Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Promoción del Empleo-MTPE) - Summary: According to the Decreto Supremo 193-2006 EF, published on Friday December 8 in the boletín de Normas Legales del diario oficial (Official Gazette), the executive has allowed/encouraged government agencies to give the period of December 18-31 as holidays for civil servants. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

10-Dec-2006

Moldova

Moldova's Transdniester Votes (Source: IHT Europe) - Summary: Residents in the self-proclaimed separatist republic of Trans-Dniester in eastern Moldova cast ballots in a presidential election. Links: other Moldova news and updates.

8-Dec-2006

Monaco

Monaco 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bulletin Officiel de la Principauté-Monaco) - Summary: Monaco's State Ministry has published the list of official public holidays (liste des jours chômés et payés) in Monaco for the calendar year 2007. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

8-Dec-2006

Tonga

Tonga Adds 2 New Public Holidays (Source: The Information Unit-Prime Minister's Office) - Summary: The Tonga Privy Council has approved 2 new public holidays and canceled 2 existing public holidays. From 2007, onwards, July 12th will be observed as the Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga, and August 1st will be the Official Birthday of the reigning Sovereign of Tonga. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

8-Dec-2006

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Drops 3 Public Holidays But Extends Novruz Bayrami And Id-al-Atkha (Source: Trend News Agency) - Summary: During a regular sitting of the Azerbaijan Milli Majlis (Parliament), amendments to the Labour Code were passed with the aim to celebrate some holidays longer, particularly those connected with national and spiritual values. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

7-Dec-2006

Pakistan

Pakistan's Balochistan Province Declares December 7 Public Holiday (Source: Islamic Republic News Agency-IRNA) - Summary: The provincial government of Balochistan has made strict security arrangements and declared a public holiday, today, for all schools on the day, on the occasion President General Pervez Musharraf's visit to Balochistan. Links: other Pakistan news and updates.

7-Dec-2006

Peru

Peru's Banks Open On December 7 and 9 Public Holidays (Source: La Primera-Lima) - Summary: Despite December 7 and 9 having been declared public holidays for Peruvian civil servants, the Banco de la Nación (BN: Peruvian National Bank) will be open as usual on both days. Links: other Peru news and updates.

7-Dec-2006

Peru

Peru's Tacna Province Will Ignore December 7 Public Holiday (Source: Coordinadora Nacional de Radio-CNR) - Summary: The regional government of the province of Tacna, under a decree signed by regional president Julio Alva Centurión, made the Adjacent Day Holiday of December 7, 2006, non-applicable to its jurisdiction. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

7-Dec-2006

Germany

Germany Pressured To Maintain Sunday Shopping Ban (Source: Sonntagsblatt) - Summary: The chairman of the Bavarian Catholic State Comittee, Helmut Mangold, has re-iterated the church's will to keep on fighting against Sunday shopping in Bavaria. Links: other Germany news and updates.

7-Dec-2006

Philippines

Philippines Christmas Holidays Truce Confusion (Source: News Info-Manila) - Summary: General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. has indicated that the military will not endorse a Christmas ceasefire with communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels this year. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

6-Dec-2006

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares Civil Service Half-Day Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo-Mitrab) - Summary: The Minister of Labour, Virgilio Gurdián, announced that the afternoon of Thursday, December 7, 2006, would be a public holiday for the civil sector, in anticipation of the December 8 national public holiday for the Immaculate Conception (La Gritería a la Inmaculada Concepción de María). Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

6-Dec-2006

Romania

Romania Financial Sector Year-End Holidays (Source: Bucharest Stock Exchange) - Summary: The Bucharest Stock Exchange will be closed from December 20, 2006 until January 2, 2007, inclusively. Links: other Romania news and updates.

6-Dec-2006

India

India's Maharashtra State Declares Ambedkar Public Holiday (Source: The Hindu) - Summary: After weeks of repeated requests on the part of the police, the Maharashtra government has finally declared holiday for schools and colleges in the city of Mumbai, today, on the occasion of the 50th death anniversary of the father of Constitution, Babasaheb Ambedkar. Links: other India news and updates.

6-Dec-2006

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic 2007 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Libre-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Dominican Republic's Secretary of State for Labor has confirmed the list of official 2007 public holidays dates. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

5-Dec-2006

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares Public Holiday In Rivers State (Source: The Tide-Lagos) - Summary: To mark the commissioning of the long-awaited Omoku Gas Turbine Station and to allow the people of Rivers State celebrate the birth of steady power supply in the state, today has been declared a public holiday by the state government. Links: other Nigeria news and updates.

4-Dec-2006

Venezuela

Venezuela Unexpected Public Holiday Today (Source: Univision) - Summary: The private and public sectors have declared an unplanned public holiday, today, in the wake of yesterday's elections. School classes have also been canceled. Links: other Venezuela news and updates.

4-Dec-2006

Peru

Peru Declares December 7 Public Holiday (Source: T-News-Lima) - Summary: Next Thursday, December 7, 2006, will be a day off for civil servants, as well as many employees of the private sector. Links: other Peru news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

The Gambia

Gambia Election Update (Source: Election Guide-IFES) - Summary: Next legislative elections will be held on January 25, 2007. Links: other The Gambia news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Nigeria

Nigeria Parliamentary Elections Update (Source: IFES) - Summary: Next presidential and parliamentary elections - April 21, 2007. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

UK

Scotland Approves St Andrew's Day Holiday Bill (Source: BBC) - Summary: Last night, the St Andrew's Day Holiday Bill, to make November 30 an official public holiday, was approved unanimously by MSPs of the Scottish Parliament. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Hungary

(Source: Caboodle) - Summary: The cabinet, on Wednesday, approved a decree to make the day of Puskás' funeral, December 9, 2006, a day of national mourning. Links: full story and other Hungary news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Lesotho

(Source: IFES Election Guide) - Summary: Next parliamentary elections - February 17, 2007. Links: other Lesotho news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Mali

Mali Election Update (Source: IFES) - Summary: Next presidential elections: first round - April 29, 2007, second round - May 13, 2007. Next parliamentary elections: first round - July 1, 2007, second round - July 29, 2007. Links: full story and other Mali news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Mauritania

Mauritania Parliamentary and Presidential Elections (Source: IFES) - Summary: Next parliamentary elections - January 21, 2007, followed by a presidential elections on March 11, 2007. Links: full story and other Mauritania news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Bénin

(Source: IFES Election Guide) - Summary: Next parliamentary elections - March 25, 2007. Links: other Bénin news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Announces Election Dates (Source: IFES Election Guide) - Summary: Next presidential elections - December 23, 2007. Links: other Uzbekistan news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

UK

(Source: BBC) - Summary: Scotland Only: last night, the St Andrew's Day Holiday Bill, to make November 30 an official public holiday, was approved unanimously by MSPs of the Scottish Parliament. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Sierra Leone

(Source: IFES Election Guide) - Summary: Next presidential and legislative elections - July 28, 2007. Links: other Sierra Leone news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Russia

Russia Parliamentary Election Date Set (Source: IFES) - Summary: Next parliamentary elections - December 2, 2007. Links: other Russia news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Serbia

(Source: IFES Election Guide) - Summary: Next parliamentary elections - January 21, 2007. Links: other Serbia news and updates.

1-Dec-2006

Pitcairn Islands

(Source: IFES Election Guide) - Summary: Next parliamentary elections on December 24, 2006 and also on December 24, 2007. Links: other Pitcairn Islands news and updates.


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