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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates November 2007

This monthly recap of November 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-Nov-2007

Anguilla

Anguilla 2008 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Anguilla-The Valley) - Summary: The government of Anguilla has released the official list of public holidays in Anguilla for the upcoming calendar year 2008. Links: full story and other Anguilla news and updates.

29-Nov-2007

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Cancels November 7 Public Holiday (Source: bdnews24) - Summary: Late last night, after a meeting of the Council of Advisers, chaired by chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, the interim government of Bangladesh announced that the November 7th public holiday would be canceled, starting in 2008. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

29-Nov-2007

Ukraine

Ukraine Declares January 1-7 Public Holidays (Source: UNIAN) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers announced that January 1-7, 2008, would be days off work in the Ukraine, and that in exchange, three Saturdays would be made into regular working days; January 12, January 26, and February 9. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

29-Nov-2007

Panama

Panama Bridge Public Holidays Reform Law Passed (Source: Crítica en Linea) - Summary: Bill 351 which aims to restore bridge holidays (días puente), has been passed after its third and final floor vote. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

27-Nov-2007

Brazil

Brazil's Mid-Week Public Holidays Bill Waiting For Floor Vote (Source: Bom Dia Bauru) - Summary: The bill that would move some public holidays that fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, to the preceding Monday, after having received the approval of the Education and Constitution and Justice commissions, is now awaiting a date for a vote on the floor of the Brazilian Parliament. Links: other Brazil news and updates.

27-Nov-2007

Germany

Germany: Buß- und Bettag Public Holiday May Return To Bavaria (Source: Bayerische Runkfunk) - Summary: Bavaria's Ministerpräsident, Günther Beckstein, has announced that he wishes to re-instate the Buß- und Bettag Public Holiday (Day of Prayer and Repentance) to the list of public holidays observed in Bavaria. Links: other Germany news and updates.

26-Nov-2007

UAE

UAE: One-Day National Day Private Sector Public Holiday (Source: Gulf News) - Summary: Last night, the Minister of Labour announced that this year's National Day public holiday would be limited to one day, Sunday, December 2, 2007, for the private sector. It was later announced that the public sector would benefit from a second day, on Monday, December 3, 2007. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

26-Nov-2007

Philippines

Philippines Announces Bonifacio Public Holiday (Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' Presidential Executive Secretary, Eduardo Ermita, has confirmed that Friday, November 30, 2007, would be a regular public holiday in observance of Bonifacio Day. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

25-Nov-2007

Philippines

Philippines Declares November 28 Public Holiday in Sarangani Province (Source: Balita) - Summary: Yesterday, Proclamation No. 1416 was issued, making Wednesday, November 28, 2007, a special non-working day in the Province of Sarangani. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

23-Nov-2007

Armenia

Armenia Declares January 3 and 4 Additional Public Holidays (Source: Armtown) - Summary: The Armenian government has announced that Thursday and Friday, January 3 and 4, 2008 would be additional public holidays. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

22-Nov-2007

Chile

Chile's Parliament Approves New Evangelical Public Holiday (Source: La Segunda) - Summary: The bill that would make October 31 (Día de las Iglesias Evangélicas, or Reformation Day) a new annual public holiday in Chile, was voted unanimously in the Chamber of Deputies, yesterday. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

22-Nov-2007

Panama

Panama Vote On Bridge Public Holidays Reform Postponed Until Monday (Source: Crítica en Linea + La Prensa) - Summary: The Chamber of Deputies has postponed to next Monday, the third and last reading of the bill to move some mid-week fixed-date public holidays to the nearest Monday. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

21-Nov-2007

Philippines

Philippines Declares November 22 Public Holiday In Sultan Kudarat Province (Source: Balita) - Summary: Proclamation No. 1417 was issued making tomorrow, Thursday, November 22, 2007, as a special non-working day in the Sultan Kudarat province which will be celebrating its 34th foundation anniversary. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

21-Nov-2007

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Declares December 31 Public Holiday (Source: Government of Kazakhstan) - Summary: Kazakhstan has declared Monday, December 31, 2007 a one-off public holiday, allowing for an extended public holidays period from December 30 to January 2, 2008. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

21-Nov-2007

Panama

Panama's Independence Day May Finally Move To November 26 (Source: Critica en Linea + La Prensa) - Summary: The bill aiming to move some mid-week fixed-date public holidays to a nearby weekend passed a second reading, and tourism organizations have begun to petition the President so that a Presidential decree be issued immediately. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

20-Nov-2007

Cuba

Cuba Adds 2 New End-Of-The-Year Public Holidays (Source: Milenio + Univision) - Summary: The Government of Cuba decreed 2 new annual public holidays, December 31 and January 2, to take effect immediately (Decreto Ley No. 254 del 18 de septiembre de 2007). Links: full story and other Cuba news and updates.

20-Nov-2007

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic 2008 Public Holidays Clarified (Source: Diario Libre-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Minister of Labour announced that, in 2008, only 2 mid-week public holidays will move to the next Monday; those of May 1 (Labour Day) and November 6 (Constitution Day). Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

20-Nov-2007

Hungary

Hungary 2008 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Szociális és Munkaügyi Minisztérium) - Summary: The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry of Hungary has released the official list of bridge, and other one-off, public holidays for the year 2008, along with the list of Saturdays that will be regular working days, in compensation. Links: full story and other Hungary news and updates.

18-Nov-2007

Germany

Germany Will Ignore 2008 Conjunction Of Ascension and May Day (Source: n-tv.de) - Summary: In 2008, the date of May Day and Ascension will fall on the same date. But while Belgium has declared the next day, May 2nd, as a one-off public holiday, recent media reports indicate that Germany will not declare a day in lieu public holiday. Links: other Germany news and updates.

17-Nov-2007

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: 2-Day Public Holiday To Coincide With OPEC Meeting (Source: Reuters) - Summary: Due to security concerns, and to alleviate traffic, a two-day public holiday has been declared in Riyadh, for Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, to coincide with the current OPEC Summit. Links: other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

17-Nov-2007

China

China's Public Holidays Overhaul Approved By Majority Of Poll Respondents (Source: Xinhua and China Daily) - Summary: After a week of online polling, the final results have been released, showing a general approval rating of 60 percent for the proposed overhaul of China's public holidays system. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

17-Nov-2007

Panama

Panama's Independence Day Public Holiday May Move To December 3 (Source: El Panamá América) - Summary: An emergency session of the legislative assembly has been called to vote the law re-establishing días puente (moving mid-week fixed-date public holidays to the following Monday). Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

15-Nov-2007

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Declares November 15 Presidential Inauguration Public Holiday (Source: SABC) - Summary: Today was declared a public holiday in Sierra Leone on the occasion of the inauguration of President Ernest Bai Koroma. Links: full story and other Sierra Leone news and updates.

15-Nov-2007

Jamaica

Jamaica Announces December 5th Local Government Elections (Source: Radio Jamaica) - Summary: Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced that local government elections would occur on Wednesday December 5th. Links: full story and other Jamaica news and updates.

15-Nov-2007

Uganda

Uganda Declares November 22-23 CHOGM Public Holiday (Source: New Vision Kampala) - Summary: Despite its earlier denials, the government of Uganda has now announced that it had declared Thursday and Friday, November 22-23, 2007, as one-off public holidays to coincide with the beginning of the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting). Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

14-Nov-2007

Thailand

Thailand Declares December 24 Post-Election Public Holiday (Source: Bangkok Post) - Summary: The Thai cabinet declared a one-off public holiday for Monday, December 24, 2007, the day after the Sunday general election, to encourage people to return to their home constituency to vote. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

13-Nov-2007

Jordan

Jordan Declares Public Holiday For November 20 Legislative Elections (Source: The Jordan Times-Amman) - Summary: Last Sunday, Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit issued an official statement declaring Tuesday, November 20, 2007 (the day of the upcoming legislative elections) a public holiday to enable people to vote, and therefore that all ministries and government agencies would be closed on that day. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

13-Nov-2007

Oman

Oman Announces Dates Of 2007 National Day Public Holiday (Source: The Times of Oman) - Summary: Yesterday, it was announced that Tuesday and Wednesday November 27 and 28 would be public holidays for employees working at the ministries, public authorities and other state administrative departments, and that Wednesday and Thursday November 28 and 29 would be holidays for private sector employees. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

11-Nov-2007

USA

USA: Possible Setback For Election Day Public Holiday (Source: The New York Sun) - Summary: Earlier in the week, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, jumped into a debate over whether Election Day should be a public holiday, saying that he was against it and that there is no excuse why city employees have an election Day public holiday. Links: other USA (United States) news and updates.

10-Nov-2007

Philippines

Philippines: Pangasinan Public Holiday Moved From November 13 To The 12th (Source: Sun Star) - Summary: The November 13 Pangasinan Province public holiday marking the birth anniversary of the late Speaker Eugenio Perez, has been moved from Tuesday, November 13, to Monday, November 12, 2007. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

9-Nov-2007

China

China Unveils Long-Awaited Public Holidays Overhaul (Source: China Daily) - Summary: Earlier today, the Chinese Government released a draft plan on the Internet in order to solicit public opinion on its long-awaited public holidays overhaul, as a result of which, the total number of legal holidays will increase from 10 days to 11 days. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

9-Nov-2007

Armenia

Armenia Will Announce February 19 Public Holiday (Source: Panarmenian Network) - Summary: Armenia will hold its next presidential elections on Tuesday, February 19, 2008, and that this day will be declared a public holiday. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

9-Nov-2007

Australia

Australia: Melbourne Cup Day To Become Statewide Public Holiday (Source: The Age-Melbourne) - Summary: Earlier today, the government of Victoria announced that legislation would be introduced into state parliament to make Melbourne Cup Day a public holiday across the entire state, starting in 2008. Links: other Australia news and updates.

7-Nov-2007

Georgia

Georgia Declares Educational Public Holiday (Source: Channel 1-Tbilisi) - Summary: Georgia's Deputy Education Minister, Bela Tsipuria, has declared November 8-9, 2007, as holidays in all Georgian public schools. Links: full story and other Georgia news and updates.

7-Nov-2007

Nauru

Nauru Public Holiday November 14 (Source: The Government of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The acting president of Nauru, Kieren Keke, has announced that Wednesday, November 14, 2007, had been declared as another non-working public holiday in Nauru on the occasion of World Diabetes Day. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

6-Nov-2007

Kenya

Kenya Adds Idd-Ul-Hajj Public Holiday (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation) - Summary: President Mwai Kibaki has directed that Idd-Ul-Hajj (also known as Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice) will henceforth be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

5-Nov-2007

Kenya

Kenya's ODM Promises 2-Day January Public Holiday If Elected (Source: The Standard-Nairobi) - Summary: Presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, recently promised that he would make January 2 and 3, 2008, one-off public holidays if he is elected president in the upcoming December 27 elections. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

5-Nov-2007

Australia

Status Report On Australia's Melbourne Cup Public Holiday (Source: The Canberra Times) - Summary: Tomorrow, for the first time, the Melbourne Cup public holiday will be celebrated in 2 of Australia's states; Victoria (with capital Melbourne) and the ACT (Australian Capital Territory). Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

4-Nov-2007

Spain

Spain's Ceuta Enclave Will Grind To A Halt On Monday November 5 (Source: Terra Actualidad) - Summary: Although Monday, November 5, will not be an official public holiday in Ceuta, schools, shops and small businesses will all be closed to commemorate the visit of royals Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía. Links: other Spain news and updates.

4-Nov-2007

Brazil

Brazil's National Assembly Declares Commemorative Dates For 3 Main Ethnicities (Source: Agência Câmara) - Summary: The Human Rights Commission of the National Assembly approved a resolution specifying 3 separate annual dates to commemorate each of the 3 main ethnicities of Brazil: April 19, for Brazil's native people, April 22, to commemorate the arrival of Europeans, and November 20, for Brazilians of African origin. Individual states and localities are encouraged to declare these as public holidays. Links: other Brazil news and updates.

4-Nov-2007

Argentina

Argentina November 6 Banking Sector Holiday (Source: Invertia) - Summary: All banks in the Buenos Aires metro area as well as the Argentine Central Bank and all financial markets nationwide, will be closed on Tuesday November 6. Links: other Argentina news and updates.

3-Nov-2007

Panama

Panama: Tuesday November 6 Is A Regular Working Day (Source: La Estrella) - Summary: The newspaper La Estrella, in a recent telephone conversation, confirmed to us that, despite reports to the contrary, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, would be a regular working day. Links: other Panama news and updates.

2-Nov-2007

Canada

Canada Federal Services Will Not Observe Manitoba's New Louis Riel Public Holiday (Source: Winipeg Free Press) - Summary: Manitoba's federal government employees will not get the day off on the occasion of Manitoba's new provincial public holiday, Louis Riel Day. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

2-Nov-2007

Poland

Poland: Public Holidays Shopping Law Comes Into Effect (Source: Cyberpresse) - Summary: A new law, forbidding stores in Poland from opening on public holidays, came into effect on November 1, 2007. Links: other Poland news and updates.

1-Nov-2007

Nauru

Nauru Public Holiday November 5 (Source: The Government of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The president of Nauru, Ludwig Scotty, has announced that Monday, November 5, 2007, had been declared a non-working public holiday in Nauru to commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity on Nauru. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

1-Nov-2007

Chile

Chile's New Reformation Day Public Holiday Looking Ever More Likely (Source: Gran Calama) - Summary: Deputy Alfonso De Urresti (PS) said that he was certain that the recently proposed law making October 31 a new public holiday would soon be approved by the Senate. Links: other Chile news and updates.

1-Nov-2007

Germany

Germany: Reformation Day Public Holiday In Schleswig-Holstein (Source: Evangelischer Pressedienst) - Summary: The Northern Evangelical Church is mounting a campaign to push for the addition of the October 31 Reformation Day to the list of public holidays of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg before 2017, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing of his list of 95 points on the door of the Church of Wittenberg. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.


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