Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2007


 
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This monthly recap of April 2007 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-Apr-2007

Mali

Mali Declares Surprise April 30 Public Holiday (Source: Sociolingo) - Summary: Mali declared a national public holiday, late last night, for Monday, April 30, 2007 Links: full story and other Mali news and updates.

28-Apr-2007

Philippines

Philippines Regional Public Holiday Declared For April 30 (Source: Balita) - Summary: Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita signed Proclamation No. 1282 declaring Monday, April 30, 2007, as a special non-working holiday in Dagupan, in order to give the people of Dagupan a chance to celebrate their Bangus Festival. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

28-Apr-2007

Russia

Russia Declares Public Holiday On April 30 (Source: TASS) - Summary: The Russian government ruled to move the working day of Monday, April 30, 2007, to Saturday, April 28, 2007. As a result, Monday, April 30 is a day off in Russia, while Saturday is a working day. Links: other Russia news and updates.

28-Apr-2007

Canada

Canada's Manitoba Province New Public Holiday On Third Monday In February (Source: Press Communique of the Province of Manitoba) - Summary: The date of the new annual provincial public holiday in the Canadian province of Manitoba seems now fixed as the third Monday in February. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

27-Apr-2007

Brazil

Brazil Finally Settles on Status of May 11 (Source: Repórter Diário) - Summary: Yesterday, the government and opposition reached an agreement declaring May 11, 2007, "Dia Nacional de Frei Galvão", and pointing out that it is neither a national holiday (feriado nacional), nor an optional holiday (ponto facultativo), nor even a religious observance day (dia-santo). Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

27-Apr-2007

Mexico

Mexico Clarifies May 1 Week Status (Source: El Financiero-Mexico City) - Summary: Mexico's Secretary of Labour announced that May 1 would be an official public holiday (día de descanso obligatorio) and that Monday, April 29, 2007, would be a normal working day. Links: other Mexico news and updates.

27-Apr-2007

Spain

Spain Labour Day Bridge Public Holiday (Source: El Pais) - Summary: Although Monday April 29 is not an official public holiday, many individuals will be taking that day as a bridge to the following day's May Day public holiday, in a practice locally called hacer puente (making a bridge). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

27-Apr-2007

Namibia

Namibia's Week With 2 Public Holidays (Source: The Namibian-Windhoek) - Summary: Reports indicate that many people are taking the week off, from April 30 to May 4, and that there are cases of companies actually closing down for the week. Links: full story and other Namibia news and updates.

26-Apr-2007

Bolivia

Bolivia Refuses To Move Labor Day Public Holiday (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: The Bolivian Ministry of Labour announced, yesterday, that Bolivia would not move the observance of Labour Day (Día del Trabajador) from May 1 to Monday, April 30, 2007. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

26-Apr-2007

Nepal

Nepal Weeklong Program Leading To Buddha Jayanti Public Holiday (Source: The Nepal Rising) - Summary: This year, Nepal will celebrate the 2551st anniversary of the birth of Lord Gautam Buddha, with a week-long program beginning Thursday, April 26, 2007, and culminating with the public holiday of Buddha Jayanti, on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Links: other Nepal news and updates.

26-Apr-2007

Colombia

Colombia Additional School Holidays (Source: Presidencia de la República) - Summary: The week preceding the Día de la Raza national public holiday, will be an additional week off for teaching staff and students in Colombia, from kindergarten through high school. Links: other Colombia news and updates.

26-Apr-2007

Ecuador

Ecuador Announces Labor Day Public Holiday Date (Source: El Universo) - Summary: The government of Ecuador confirmed that the upcoming Labour Day public holiday (Día del Trabajo) would be observed on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, and not be moved to the previous Monday as the common practice in South America would lead some to believe. Links: other Ecuador news and updates.

26-Apr-2007

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Announces Labour Day Public Holiday (Source: El Nuevo Diario) - Summary: A press communique from the Ministry of Labour of Nicaragua, finally confirmed, late this afternoon, that Nicaragua would observe the Labour Day public holiday on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, as per article 66 of the Labour Code. Links: other Nicaragua news and updates.

26-Apr-2007

Gabon

Gabon Announces May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Internet Gabon-Libreville) - Summary: Gabon's Ministre du Travail et de l'Emploi has announced that Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, had been declared a non-working public holiday ("journée fériée, chômée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire national"). Links: full story and other Gabon news and updates.

26-Apr-2007

Slovenia

Slovenia Changes Public Sector Working Days (Source: Limun) - Summary: Slovenian Minister of Public Administration Gregor Virant reminded the press at a press conference yesterday that the office hours of public administration are to change on May 1. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.

25-Apr-2007

Brazil

Brazil's May 11th Status Getting Doubtful (Source: Agência O Globo) - Summary: It is becoming less and less likely that the May 11, 2007, one-off public holiday voted by the Senate last month, will become a reality. Accordingly, we have changed its status to "tentative". Links: other Brazil news and updates.

25-Apr-2007

Romania

Romania Declares April 30 Public Holiday (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: The government of Romania declared that Monday, April 30, 2007, had been declared as a one-off bridge public holiday in Romania. Links: other Romania news and updates.

25-Apr-2007

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Announces May 2007 Public Holidays (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Gazeta) - Summary: The Government of Kazakhstan has announced the public holidays for the upcoming month of May 2007. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

25-Apr-2007

Lithuania

Lithuania Corrects Its Published List Of Official Public Holidays (Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania) - Summary: There was a discrepancy between the list of Lithuanian public holidays on the official website of the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, and the Lithuania public holidays published on the Q++ Studio web site. Links: full story and other Lithuania news and updates.

25-Apr-2007

Philippines

Philippines Declares Public Holiday For Mid-Term Elections (Source: Sun Star) - Summary: Today, the Philippines President, through Proclamation 1279, has declared Monday, May 14, 2007, mid-term Election Day, as a non-working holiday throughout the country. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

25-Apr-2007

Philippines

Philippines Decision On Public Holiday Status Of Mid-Term Elections Awaited (Source: The Manila Standard Today) - Summary: The Philippines mid-term general elections will be held on May 14, 2007, and traditionally, the day of a general election is declared as a public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

24-Apr-2007

Belgium

Belgium Announces May 2 Public Holiday In 2008 (Source: RTL Infos) - Summary: Belgium's Minister of Labor has decided to make Friday May 2, 2008 a public holiday in Belgium as compensation for the fact that both May Day and Ascension fall on the same date. Links: full story and other Belgium news and updates.

24-Apr-2007

Mali

Mali Public Holiday On April 25 (Source: L'Essor) - Summary: Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25, 2007, has been declared a national public holiday in Mali so that people can go and collect their voting cards for the upcoming April 29 presidential election. Links: full story and other Mali news and updates.

24-Apr-2007

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Confirms Labour Day Public Holiday Move (Source: El Nacional-Santo Domingo) - Summary: Media reports have confirmed that this year's May Day public holiday in the Dominican Republic, would be observed on Monday, April 30, 2007. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

24-Apr-2007

Philippines

Philippines Keeps May 1st A Labour Day Public Holiday Date (Source: The Philippine Star) - Summary: Executive Secretary, Eduardo Ermita, confirmed that Malacañang (the Philippines equivalent of the US White House) was standing by the date of May 1st for the upcoming May Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

23-Apr-2007

Belgium

Belgium Considering Adding A Sunday Public Holiday In 2008 (Source: RTL Infos) - Summary: In a, yet to be confirmed, measure, Belgium's Minister of Labor is considering declaring a one-off public holiday in Belgium, on Sunday, August 10, 2008, to compensate for the fact that, in 2008, the May Day public holiday and the Ascension public holiday, will both fall on the same date. Links: other Belgium news and updates.

23-Apr-2007

Russia

Russia Announces April 25 National Day Of Mourning (Source: RIA Novosti) - Summary: Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared Wednesday, April 25, 2007, a National Day of Mourning for former President Boris Yeltsin, who died today at age 76, and will be buried at the Novodevichye Cemetery, on April 25. Links: other Russia news and updates.

23-Apr-2007

Thailand

Thailand Announces Date Of Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Source: Bangkok Post) - Summary: The date of this year's Royal Ploughing Ceremony will be Thursday, May 10, 2007. Links: other Thailand news and updates.

23-Apr-2007

Hong Kong

China In Favor Of Replacing One Of Hong Kong's Christian Public Holidays (Source: Asia News) - Summary: For the first time, yesterday, Beijing has stated that it was in support of replacing one of Hong Kong's 3 Easter-related public holidays with a public holiday to mark Confucius' birthday. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

21-Apr-2007

UK

UK Petition To Make St George's Day A Public Holiday (Source: Daily Express) - Summary: It has been reported that nearly a million people have signed an on-line petition supporting a proposed Parliamentary Bill calling for a public holiday on April 23, Saint George's Day. Links: other UK news and updates.

20-Apr-2007

El Salvador

El Salvador Declares April 30 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: El Diario de Hoy-San Salvador) - Summary: The El Salvador Legislative Assembly approved a bill which gives civil servants Monday April 30, 2007, as a bridge public holiday, and extends their weekend for 4 days, from Saturday April 28, 2007 to the public holiday of Tuesday May 1, 2007. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

20-Apr-2007

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares April 20 Public Holiday (Source: Vanguard) - Summary: The Nigerian Federal Government declared today, Friday April 20, 2007, a public holiday. Links: other Nigeria news and updates.

20-Apr-2007

Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands Confirm Queen's Birthday Public Holiday Move (Source: Mercopress) - Summary: The Falkland Islands will celebrate the Queen's Birthday tomorrow, Saturday April 21. However, it has been confirmed that the public holiday corresponding to the Queen's Birthday will be moved to Monday, April 23, 2007. Links: other Falkland Islands news and updates.

19-Apr-2007

Montenegro

Montenegro Revamps List Of National And Public Holidays (Source: Government of Montenegro Press Release) - Summary: At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic, the Government of Montenegro adopted the Bill on National and Other Holidays, which provides for the following national holidays: Independence Day (May 21), Statehood Day (July 13). Links: full story and other Montenegro news and updates.

18-Apr-2007

Venezuela

Venezuela Bridge Public Holiday Coming Up (Source: El Universal) - Summary: With the upcoming public holiday of Thursday April 19, in Venezuela, many, particularly civil servants, are expected to make a bridge to the weekend (hacer puente) and not work on Friday April 20, 2007, either. Links: other Venezuela news and updates.

16-Apr-2007

Guatemala

Guatemala's Teachers Asking For Additional Public Holidays (Source: La Prensa Libre) - Summary: Guatemala's Teachers' Union is currently renegotiating its collective agreement with the government. Links: full story and other Guatemala news and updates.

16-Apr-2007

Nepal

Nepal Declares April 24 Democracy Day Public Holiday (Source: Nepalnews) - Summary: Nepal's Prime Minister has declared a public holiday on Tuesday April 24, 2007, to commemorate the Lokantra Day public holiday, the first anniversary of restoration of democracy, when on April 24, 2006, King Gyanendra, bowing to the 19-day agitation transferred powers to the people and reinstated the Parliament. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

16-Apr-2007

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Declares April 16 Public Holiday (Source: The National-Port Moresby) - Summary: A public holiday was declared today, following the death of Peter Tsiamalili, the Administrator of the Autonomous Papua New Guinea Region of Bougainville. Links: full story and other Papua New Guinea news and updates.

15-Apr-2007

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Declares April 23 Public Holiday (Source: ABC News) - Summary: The Prime Minister announced that April 23, 2007, will be a public holiday to remember the 40 people killed and 6,000 left homeless by the quake and tsunami of April 2, 2007. Links: other Solomon Islands news and updates.

13-Apr-2007

Latvia

Latvia Announces April 30 and December 24 Public Holidays (Source: Latvijas Banka) - Summary: Latvia has declared Monday April 30, and Monday December 24, 2007, as additional public holidays. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

13-Apr-2007

Cameroon

Cameroon Not Likely To Declare May 21 Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Cameroon Tribune-Yaoundé) - Summary: Recent news reports confirm that the main National Day celebration and parade will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2007. Links: full story and other Cameroon news and updates.

13-Apr-2007

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2008 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 2008. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

12-Apr-2007

Samoa

Samoa Declares Rugby Public Holidays (Source: Radio Australia Sport) - Summary: The Samoan Cabinet has approved the allocation of the afternoon of Thursday April 12 (commencing at 12 noon), and the entire day of Friday April 13, 2007 as a public holiday, to celebrate the recent victory of the national rugby team in Hong Kong. Links: full story and other Samoa news and updates.

12-Apr-2007

Myanmar

Myanmar Extends New Year Public Holidays To 10 Days (Source: The Irrawaddy) - Summary: The Myanmar government has designated a 10-day-long New Year public holiday. Links: full story and other Myanmar news and updates.

12-Apr-2007

Chile

Chile Reviewing Status Of 3 Public Holidays (Source: La Nación) - Summary: The Chilean government introduced a new law proposal to the Chamber of Deputies, under the reference Boletín N° 4976, concerning the compulsory character (carácter obligatorio e irrenunciable) of New Year (January 1), Independence Day (September 18) and Christmas Day (December 25). Links: other Chile news and updates.

11-Apr-2007

Ecuador

Ecuador Sectorial Public Holidays On April 12-13 (Source: El Mercurio) - Summary: Ecuador's Azuay Province declared a local public holiday for civil servants on Thursday April 12 (Cuenca municipal day), and on Friday April 13, for the entire educational sector (Teacher's Day). Links: other Ecuador news and updates.

11-Apr-2007

Malaysia

Malaysia Bank Holiday On April 26 (Source: Business Times) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) announced today that banks in Malaysia would observe the April 26 public holiday. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

11-Apr-2007

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares April 12-13 Public Holidays (Source: Reuters Africa) - Summary: Earlier today, the Nigerian President declared a 2-day public holiday for Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, 2007, "to enable people to travel in order to participate in gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections". Links: other Nigeria news and updates.

11-Apr-2007

China

China Announces Dates Of Labor Day Public Holiday Golden Week (Source: Shanghai Daily) - Summary: China's State Council announced today that employees in China will enjoy a week long public holiday from May 1-7, 2007, for Labor Day. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

10-Apr-2007

Brazil

Brazil's May 11th Public Holiday To Be Downgraded To Ponto Facultativo (Source: Diário da Manhã) - Summary: The deputy José Múcio Monteiro (PTB-PE), has prepared an amendment to the bill that would make May 11, 2007, the day of the canonization of Brazil's first saint, Frei Galvão, a public holiday, as reported in our post of March 28. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

10-Apr-2007

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Double Public Holiday In Alajuela Province (Source: Teletica 7) - Summary: Civil servants, teachers and professors in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica's second most important province, will be entitled to a double public holiday, tomorrow, April 11, on the anniversary of Juan Santamaria, and again on Monday April 16. Links: other Costa Rica news and updates.

10-Apr-2007

Grenada

Grenada Declares April 10 ICC Cricket World Cup Public Holiday (Source: Grenada Broadcasting Network) - Summary: Grenada has declared a one-off public holiday on Tuesday April 10, 2007, to coincide with Grenada's hosting of its first match of the current ICC Cricket World Cup. Links: full story and other Grenada news and updates.

10-Apr-2007

Nepal

Nepal Urged To Declare Easter A Public Holiday (Source: UCAN) - Summary: Christians in eastern Nepal rallied on Easter Sunday to urge the government, and the soon to be elected constituent assembly (polls on June 20), to designate Easter Sunday as a public holiday. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

9-Apr-2007

Sudan

Sudan Confirms Sham Al-Nasim Public Holiday (Source: Sudanese Media Center) - Summary: The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced that next Monday, April 9, 2007, will be an official holiday for all the employees in the state on the occasion of Sham Al-Nasim. Links: other Sudan news and updates.

9-Apr-2007

Malaysia

Malaysia's Wesak Day Public Holiday 30 Days Before Singapore's (Source: The New Straits Times) - Summary: The secretary-general of the Malaysian Buddhist Association (MBA), Lim Then Pong, confirmed that the MBA had recommended to the Malaysian government to gazette May 1, 2007, as a public holiday for Wesak Day. However, since May 1st is already a public holiday, Wesak Day will be observed as a public holiday on May 2, 2007, in Malaysia. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

8-Apr-2007

Malaysia

Malaysia Clarifies April 26 Public Holiday Status (Source: Malaysian National News Agency) - Summary: The Malaysian Human Resource Minister announced that the April 26, 2007, public holiday would be a holiday only for employees in the public sector, but that the government "would encourage the private sector to also do the same". Links: other Malaysia news and updates.

8-Apr-2007

Canada

Canada Considering New Public Holiday In Manitoba (Source: Radio-Canada) - Summary: The Labour Minister for the Canadian province of Manitoba, Nancy Allan, will introduce a bill, this coming week, to add a new public holiday, to occur every year, sometime in the month of February. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

7-Apr-2007

France

France Whit Monday Public Holiday Update (Source: Le Figaro-Paris) - Summary: Part of France's Socialist Party "projet" which is supposed to be binding upon its chosen presidential candidate, contains the promise to re-instate Whit Monday as a public holiday in France. Links: full story and other France news and updates.

7-Apr-2007

Ecuador

Ecuador Confirms Moving Of Public Holidays In 2007 (Source: Dirección Nacional de Comunicación Social) - Summary: The Ecuadoran government has confirmed the moving, in 2007, of the public holiday of the Battle of Pichincha to Friday May 25, and of the public holiday for the Independence of Guayaquil to Friday October 12, as set out in the Executive Decree 2369 of January 12, 2007. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

7-Apr-2007

Iraq

Iraq Declares April 9 As Regional Public Holiday (Source: Al-Ta'akhi-Baghdad) - Summary: Iraq's Kurdistan Region's Council of Ministers had decided that April 9th, the day Iraq was "liberated", should henceforth be an official annual public holiday throughout Iraqi Kurdish areas. Links: other Iraq news and updates.

6-Apr-2007

Serbia

(Source: Ministry of Work, Health and Social Afairs) - Summary: On March 29, 2007, as a corollary to the June 2006 separation of Montenegro, the Serbian Government announced that Constitution Day (April 27) will no longer be a public holiday in Serbia, as that date referred to the constitution of the former entity. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

6-Apr-2007

Samoa

Samoa To Declare Rugby Public Holiday (Source: Samoa News-Apia) - Summary: The Samoan government has announced that it soon declare a half day public holiday to honour its Sevens team's achievement in winning the Hong Kong Sevens rugby title. Links: full story and other Samoa news and updates.

5-Apr-2007

Australia

Australia's ACT Confirms New November Public Holiday (Source: ABC Online) - Summary: The ACT Government has confirmed Melbourne Cup day will be the public holiday that replaces the union picnic day that was scrapped under the Federal Government's WorkChoices legislation. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

5-Apr-2007

Qatar

Qatar Announces New Annual Public Holiday (Source: The Peninsula Online) - Summary: Yesterday, the Cabinet approved a draft law considering the day of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed bin Thani assumption of power in Qatar as a state National Day, on December 18, on which occasion all ministries and other state institutions will close down every year. Links: other Qatar news and updates.

4-Apr-2007

Macau

Macau 2008 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: The government of the Macau SARE has announced the list of official Macau public holidays for the calendar year 2008. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

4-Apr-2007

Malawi

Malawi Expected To Declare May 14 Public Holiday (Source: Nation Online-Lilongwe) - Summary: Although Malawi's newly revived, May 14, public holiday still has to be approved by cabinet, it is expected to be approved and occur on May 14, 2007, for the first time. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

4-Apr-2007

India

India April 5 Public Holiday in Capital (Source: The Times of India) - Summary: A public holiday has been declared for Thursday April 5, in New Delhi on account of the civic polls to be held here. However, Central government offices in Delhi will not be closed on Thursday. Links: other India news and updates.

3-Apr-2007

Thailand

Thailand Extends Songkran For 5th Day (Source: MCOT) - Summary: Thailand's cabinet added one more day to the Songkran Festival, giving the public a holiday of five consecutive days, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Social Development and Human Security Minister Paiboon Wattanasiritham. Links: other Thailand news and updates.

2-Apr-2007

Sénégal

Senegal Declares 3-Day Post-Election Public Holiday (Source: Sud Quotidien-Dakar) - Summary: President Abdoulaye Wade who was re-elected on February 25, declared the day of his inauguration, Tuesday April 3, 2007, a fully-paid public holiday in Senegal. As the 4th is Senegal's National Day, he also declared Thursday April 5th a public holiday (leaving open the question of paid wages), as well as leaving open for all, the option of taking Friday the 6th, as a personal day, without pay to extend the week's holidays. Links: other Sénégal news and updates.

1-Apr-2007

Argentina

Argentina Holy Week Public Holidays Update (Source: Private Communication) - Summary: As a follow-up to our post of March 18, we have had reports from clients and contact in Buenos Aires that, although April 3 and 4 have not been declared officially public holidays, many businesses are closing for the entire Semana Santa (Holy Week, the week before Easter, from April 2-8, 2007), nonetheless. Links: other Argentina news and updates.


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