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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates October 2007

This monthly recap of October 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

31-Oct-2007

Brazil

Brazil: November 19 Bridge Public Holiday For Rio De Janeiro Civil Servants (Source: O Globo) - Summary: The more than 100.000 civil servants of the city of Rio de Janeiro will have an additional bridge public holiday on Monday, November 19, 2007, to bridge the gap between the weekend of November 17-18 and the municipal public holiday of November 20 (Zumbi's Birthday, or Day of the Black Consciousness). Links: other Brazil news and updates.

30-Oct-2007

Morocco

Morocco Set To Extend Weekends To Fridays (Source: Aujourd'hui le Maroc) - Summary: The Minister in charge of the modernization of the public sector, has announced that the government was ready to declare Fridays as an official day off with pay. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.

26-Oct-2007

Monaco

Monaco 2008 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 2008. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

26-Oct-2007

Libya

Libya: Additional Information On Today's Public Holiday (Source: Panapress) - Summary: In a communique issued yesterday, the Libyan General People's Committee gave additional on the modalities surrounding today's public holiday. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

26-Oct-2007

Malaysia

Malaysia Confirms November 8 Date For Deepavali Public Holiday (Source: Local Radio Announcement) - Summary: The Government of Malaysia has officially confirmed the date of Thursday, November 8, as the date for the upcoming Deepavali public holiday. Links: other Malaysia news and updates.

26-Oct-2007

Brazil

Brazil Declares November 16 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Jornal O Globo) - Summary: The Government had announced that, as October 28 (Dia do Servidor Público) fell on a Sunday, it had declared Friday, November 16, 2007, as a one-off, public holiday to be a bridge between the following week-end and the November 15 public holiday. Links: other Brazil news and updates.

26-Oct-2007

Panama

Panama Declares November 2 Public Sector Holiday (Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) - Summary: The Ministry of the Interior of Panama has published the Decreto Ejecutivo Nº 551 which declares a half-day public sector holiday, beginning at noon, on Friday, November 2nd, 2007. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

24-Oct-2007

Bhutan

Bhutan Public Holiday On Date Of Upcoming National Council Elections (Source: Election Commission of Bhutan-Thimpu) - Summary: The Election Commission of Bhutan has confirmed that Monday, December 31, 2007, would be a one-off public holiday, to facilitate participation in that day's National Council Elections. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

23-Oct-2007

Latvia

Latvia Declares November 19 One-Off Public Holiday (Source: Copp Clark) - Summary: The government of Latvia has declared Monday, November 19, 2007, as a one-off, day in lieu, public holiday, due to the fact that Independence Day falls on a Sunday this year. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

23-Oct-2007

China

China's Largest City Declares New November 4 Annual Public Holiday (Source: Asia Times Online) - Summary: China's largest city, Chongqing, has declared a new annual public holiday, Migrant Workers' Day, on November 4, to mark the contribution of rural migrant workers to the area's social and economic development. Links: other China news and updates.

21-Oct-2007

Malta

Malta Rules Out Return To Days In Lieu (Source: New Europe) - Summary: At a recent meeting with members of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD), Finance Minister, Tonio Fenech, re-iterated its position that there would be no return to the policy of "Days in Lieu" (giving the next working day as a holiday whenever a public holiday falls on a week-end). Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

20-Oct-2007

Canada

Canada Federal Services Will Not Observe New Ontario Public Holiday (Source: La Presse Canadienne) - Summary: Canada's Prime Minister declared that the new February Ontario public holiday would not be a holiday for federal civil servants, justifying his decision by the fact that federal civil servants already have 11 holidays. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

19-Oct-2007

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Declares Today Day Of National Mourning (Source: The Dominican Today-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The government has declared today, October 19, 2007, a national day of national mourning in memory of Padre Luis Quinn, the Canadian priest who worked for the development of San Jose de Ocoa for over forty years. Links: other Dominican Republic news and updates.

18-Oct-2007

Chile

Chile's Parliamentary Committee Approves October 31 Evangelical Church Public Holiday (Source: El Mercurio) - Summary: Earlier today, the Cultural Commission of the Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that would create a new annual public holiday on October 31, in honor of the Evangelical Church of Chile. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

18-Oct-2007

Philippines

Philippines Declares November 2 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Finance Manila-Manila) - Summary: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has issued Presidential Proclamation No. 1211 making Friday, November 2, 2007, a regular non-working public holiday throughout the country. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

17-Oct-2007

Philippines

Philippines Declares October 29 Public Holiday (Source: Office of the Press Secretary, Malacañang) - Summary: Late yesterday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Presidential Proclamation No. 1403 making Monday, October 29, 2007, a special non-working holiday throughout the country. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

16-Oct-2007

Macedonia

Macedonia Declares October 17 Day Of National Mourning (Source: Makfax Vesnik-Skopje) - Summary: The government of Macedonia has declared a day of national mourning, on Wednesday October 17, 2007, in homage to pop star Tose Proeski, who died earlier today. Links: other Macedonia news and updates.

15-Oct-2007

Ecuador

Ecuador's Recent Extended Public Holiday Fails To Meet Expectations (Source: El Diario) - Summary: Early reports of tourism-related activity during the recent 3-day weekend are disappointing by all accounts. This may revive the debate as large parts of Ecuador's population are opposed to the moving of religious or patriotic holidays from their appointed date. Links: other Ecuador news and updates.

15-Oct-2007

Ukraine

Ukraine President Declares October 16 Day Of National Mourning (Source: ForUm) - Summary: President Yushchenko announced a day of national mourning for tomorrow, Tuesday, October 16, 2007, in memory of the victims of the October 13th gas blast in Dnipropetrovsk. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

15-Oct-2007

Nepal

Nepal Government Fails To Observe Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday (Source: The Hindustan Times + Indo-Asian News Service) - Summary: The first test of the government's promise to observe Muslim festivals as public holidays was this past week-end on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr, scheduled in Nepal, for Sunday, October 14 (a normal working day, as the weekly day off in Nepal is Saturday). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

14-Oct-2007

Panama

Panama Draft Law Reestablishing Long Week-End Public Holidays (Source: Telemetro) - Summary: Parliament's Working Comission approved a draft law that would move to the nearest Monday, public holidays that occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with some exceptions. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

13-Oct-2007

Fiji

Fiji Rugby Public Holiday Rumours Quashed (Source: The Fiji Times-Suva) - Summary: Late in the week, the government announced that although it had already set up a committee to draw up plans for celebrations, there would be no public holiday upon the Fiji Rugby team's return home (as had been rumoured). Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

13-Oct-2007

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Eid al-Fitr Pushed Back To Tomorrow (Source: The Peninsula) - Summary: Earlier today, the Religious Affairs Ministry of Bangladesh, announced that the Eid al-Fitr festival would be held on Sunday, October 14, 2007, instead of the previously announced date of October 13. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

12-Oct-2007

Thailand

Thailand Post-Election Public Holiday Update (Source: The Nation) - Summary: Although the government of Thailand has not yet made any announcement to that effect, yet, government spokesman, Chaiya Yimwilai, told reporters that the question of whether December 24 should be declared a public holiday had been raised at this week's cabinet meeting. Links: other Thailand news and updates.

12-Oct-2007

Indonesia

Indonesia Cannot Agree On End Of Ramadan Date (Source: The Jakarta Post) - Summary: Din Syamsuddin, the Chairman of Muhammadiyah, the second largest Indonesian Muslim organization, said that its organization be observing Idul Fitri on Friday, October 12. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

12-Oct-2007

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan 2007 End of Ramadan Public Holidays Announced (Source: Turkmenistan.ru-Ashgabad) - Summary: Turkmenistan's President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, signed the decree "On Oraza holiday" declaring Saturday, October 13, 2007, as the non-working day off public holiday for the upcoming Oraza Bayramy (End of Ramadan). Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

11-Oct-2007

Maldives

Maldives Declare October 15 Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Haveeru) - Summary: President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has announced that, since the Eid-ul-Fitr day is due to fall on a Friday, the following Monday (October 15) would be a Government holiday to give Government employees an additional day off from work. Links: other Maldives news and updates.

11-Oct-2007

India

India's Kerala Declares October 12 State Public Holiday (Source: Indo-Asian News Service) - Summary: The State of Kerala has announced that Friday, October 12, 2007 would be a public holiday as Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be celebrated on Saturday, October the 13th, which is already a holiday in Kerala, being the second Saturday of the month. This Friday day in lieu, one-off, holiday will apply to all educational institutions and state government employees. Links: other India news and updates.

11-Oct-2007

Libya

Libya Announces End of Ramadan Public Holidays (Source: Libya Online-Tripoli) - Summary: The Libyan Centre for Astronomical Studies has announced that the upcoming public holiday marking the end of the month of Ramadan, would be celebrated in Libya on Friday, October 12, 2007. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

11-Oct-2007

Canada

Canada's Family Day Public Holiday Will Extend To Ontario In 2008 (Source: Associated Press) - Summary: Beginning in 2008, Ontario will join the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, in observing a public holiday on the third Monday of February. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

11-Oct-2007

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Declares October 26 Public Holiday (Source: Gazeta) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Massimov, has signed a decree exchanging of rest day from Sunday, October 28, to Friday, October 26, 2007. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

10-Oct-2007

Ghana

Ghana Declares October 15 Day In Lieu For Eidul-Fitr Public Holiday (Source: Modern Ghana + GNA) - Summary: The President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, has declared Monday, October 15, 2007, a one-off public holiday, since October 13, the date of the Eidul-Fitr Public Holiday, falls on a Saturday, in 2007. Links: other Ghana news and updates.

10-Oct-2007

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares October 16 Additional Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday (Source: Copp Clark) - Summary: The Pakistan Government has declared Tuesday, October 16, 2007, as an additional public holiday on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Links: other Pakistan news and updates.

10-Oct-2007

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Declares October 15 Day In Lieu For Ramazan Bayram Public Holiday (Source: Azeri Press Agentliyi) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers has announced that the End of Ramadan public holiday would be observed on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, 2007, and that Sunday, Octoiber 14, would be considered a non-working day, while Monday October 15, 2007, would be a one-time, day in lieu, public holiday. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

10-Oct-2007

Argentina

Argentina To Consider Renaming October 12 Public Holiday (Source: El Día) - Summary: Argentina's anti-discrimination government agency (Instituto Nacional Contra la Discriminación, la Xenofobia y el Racismo, INADI) has presented a proposal for a decree that would rename the October 12 public holiday, commonly called "Día de la Raza", into "Día de la Diversidad Cultural Americana". Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

9-Oct-2007

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Announces Date of Upcoming End of Ramadan Public Holiday (Source: AKI Press) - Summary: The government of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the 2007 date of the Orozo Ait (End of Ramadan) public holiday would be Friday, October 12, 2007. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

9-Oct-2007

UAE

UAE Government Eid Public Holiday Begins October 11 (Source: Emirates News Agency) - Summary: The Ministry of Governmental Sector Development announced that the Eid holiday for the UAE Government Sector will begin on Thursday October 11, 2007. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

9-Oct-2007

Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast Declares Last-Minute October 9 Public Holiday (Source: Copp Clark) - Summary: In a last-minute communiqué, the government of the Ivory Coast has declared today, Tuesday October 9, 2007, as a public holiday across the country. Links: other Côte d'Ivoire news and updates.

9-Oct-2007

Bahrain

Bahrain Civil Servants Get October 16 Public Holiday (Source: Gulf News) - Summary: Late Sunday, Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, announced that with Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, likely to be on Saturday, October 13, the public sector will have Friday, a weekly day off, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, as Eid days, and Tuesday in compensation for Saturday. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

8-Oct-2007

Colombia

Colombia Week Long Columbus Day School Holidays Begin (Source: La Patria) - Summary: This week, the full week preceding the Columbus Day public holiday, students in Colombia will be off all week, as they have been for a few years, now, the week before Easter. Links: full story and other Colombia news and updates.

8-Oct-2007

Iran

Iran Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday Will Last Only One Day (Source: Press TV) - Summary: Government spokesman, Gholam Hossein Elham, announced last night that the upcoming Eid al-Fitr public holiday would be a one-day public holiday, instead of the 3-day public holiday many had expected. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

8-Oct-2007

Pakistan

Pakistan October 8 Public Holiday In Kashmir Province (Source: The Hindustan Times) - Summary: Today, Pakistan is observing the second anniversary of the October 8, 2005, earthquake in the northern territories. Nationally, one minute of silence will be observed at 8.52 am, local time, and in Pakistani Kashmir, a public holiday was declared. Links: other Pakistan news and updates.

8-Oct-2007

India

India March 15 UP Regional Public Holiday (Source: Federal News Service-Washington) - Summary: The office of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has announced that the State Government of Uttar Pradesh had declared March 15 as a public holiday in memory of Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram Ji. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

7-Oct-2007

Nepal

Nepal Postpones Constituent Assembly Elections And Public Holiday (Source: BBC World) - Summary: Elections for Nepal's first constituent assembly, which were scheduled for November 22, 2007, have been postponed after ruling parties and former Maoist rebels failed to break their political deadlock. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

6-Oct-2007

Pakistan

Pakistan October 6 Public Holiday In Punjab Province (Source: The Daily Times) - Summary: The government of Pakistan's province of Punjab (the country's most populous region) has declared a public holiday for Saturday, October 6, 2007, on the occasion of Pakistan's Presidential elections. Links: other Pakistan news and updates.

6-Oct-2007

Macedonia

Macedonia Confirms October 12 Date For Ramazan Bajram Public Holiday (Source: Makfax Vesnik-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labor and Social Policy announced yesterday that the public holiday (non-working day) for the End of Ramadan (or Ramazan Bajram) would occur on Friday, October 12, 2007. Links: other Macedonia news and updates.

6-Oct-2007

Brunei

Brunei Darussalam 2008 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Brunei Information Department-Prime Minister's Office) - Summary: The Information Department of Brunei Darussalam's Prime Minister's Office has released a list of public holidays for 2008. Links: full story and other Brunei news and updates.

5-Oct-2007

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Amends List of Movable Public Holidays (Source: La Gaceta Digital) - Summary: Costa Rica's deputies have passed Law 8604 of 17 September 2007 which amends article 148, paragraph two of the Labor Code, Law 2 of 26 August 1943 and its amendments. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

4-Oct-2007

Egypt

Egypt October 7 One-Off Bank Holiday (Source: Copp Clark) - Summary: The Central Bank of Egypt has declared Sunday, October 7, 2007, a public bank holiday. All financial institutions will be closed on that day, which follows the October 6, Armed Forces Day public holiday and the regular Thursday-Friday Egyptian weekend. Links: other Egypt news and updates.

4-Oct-2007

Uganda

Uganda Denies Rumours Of November Public Holiday (Source: New Vision) - Summary: Earlier this week, responding to questions from MP's, Uganda's Foreign Affairs State Minister, Isaac Musumba, stated that there would be no public holiday during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which will be held from Friday November 23 to Sunday November 25, 2007. Links: other Uganda news and updates.

4-Oct-2007

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Announce October 13 Eid Public Holiday (Source: The Trinidad and Tobago Express) - Summary: President George Maxwell Richards has declared Saturday, October 13, 2007, as the date for this year's public holiday in commemoration of Eid-ul-Fitr. Links: other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

3-Oct-2007

Honduras

Honduras Changes Dates Of October Public Holidays (Source: Proceso Digital) - Summary: Late in the evening of October 2, the Honduras Minister of the Interior, announced that the government had decided to move the date of the October 3 and October 12 public holidays, to October 8 and October 15, respectively. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

3-Oct-2007

Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan's Next Austerity Day Holiday In Question (Source: The Saipan Tribune-Garapan) - Summary: Public Law 15-24, which created the biweekly austerity holidays, expires at the end of this month, with no legal basis left for what would be the upcoming austerity holiday, scheduled for Friday, October 5, 2007. Links: other Northern Mariana Islands news and updates.

2-Oct-2007

Philippines

Philippines Announces Date Of Eid Al-Fitr Public Holiday (Source: Inquirer.net) - Summary: Malacañang has declared Friday, October 12, 2007, a non-working holiday, throughout the country, to mark Eid Al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

1-Oct-2007

Belize

Belize 2008 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Utilities-Belmopan) - Summary: Belize's Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Utilities has released a revised list of 2008 public holidays. Links: full story and other Belize news and updates.

1-Oct-2007

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia's Republic of Srpska Declares 3-Day Mourning (Source: B92 News) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska (one of the two political regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Milorad Dodik, declared three days of national mourning for President Milan Jelic, 51, who died last night. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

1-Oct-2007

Malawi

Malawi Boxing Day Public Holiday Canceled (Source: Government of the Republic of Malawi-Lilongwe) - Summary: Malawi's public holidays legislation has been amended, with immediate effect, removing December 26 (Boxing Day) as an official non-working public holiday in Malawi. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.


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