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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2008

This monthly recap of April 2008 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

29-Apr-2008

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares May 2nd Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Cadena Global) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministry of Labor announced that Friday, May 2, 2008, would be a one-off, compulsory, bridge public holiday for both the public and private sectors. Links: other Nicaragua news and updates.

29-Apr-2008

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Unions Call For Restoration Of May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Gibfocus) - Summary: The TUC union has renewed its calls asking the Government to re-establish the 1st of May as the Labour Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

26-Apr-2008

Ecuador

Ecuador Confirms May 2 Bridge Public Holiday Details (Source: CRE Satelital) - Summary: Ecuador's Tourism Minister, Verónica Sión, announced that the 2008 Labour Day public holiday (Día del Trabajo) would remain on Thursday, May 1st, but that, in addition, Friday, May 2nd, 2008, would be a bridge public holiday, to be compensated by Saturday, May 10, 2008, being a regular working day. Links: other Ecuador news and updates.

26-Apr-2008

Guam

Guam Will Add MLK Government Public Holiday Starting In 2009 (Source: Pacific Daily News) - Summary: Lawmakers, yesterday, overrode the veto of Governor Felix Camacho hence adding the third Monday of January as a new "GovGuam holiday" (public holiday limited to civil servants) in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Links: full story and other Guam news and updates.

25-Apr-2008

New Zealand

New Zealand Poll Suggests Growing Support For ANZAC Day As National Day (Source: Radio New Zealand) - Summary: A recent poll shows that 38% of those questioned supported Anzac Day (April 25) being marked as New Zealand's national day, while 52% favored keeping Waitangi Day as the national day. Links: other New Zealand news and updates.

24-Apr-2008

Singapore

Singapore Considering New May Public Holiday (Source: The Straits Times + the NFC) - Summary: At a recent media conference, Family Council chairman, Lim Soon Hock, announced that May 24 had been designated "Family Day Out", and that he would push for the fourth Saturday of May a new public holiday to celebrate the family. Links: other Singapore news and updates.

23-Apr-2008

Macau

Macau Declares New Year's Eve Public Holiday (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Chief Executive has declared a one-off, half-day, public holiday for the afternoon of Thursday, December 31, 2009. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

23-Apr-2008

Australia

Australia Considering Additional NSW Public Holiday (Source: ABC News) - Summary: The State Government of New South Wales (NSW) is said to be considering a new state-wide public holiday to compensate for the recently announced decision by Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Julia Gillard, to deem industry-wide picnic days illegal under Labor's new workplace laws. Links: other Australia news and updates.

22-Apr-2008

South Korea

South Korea's Corporations And Government Mostly Off May 1-5 (Source: Chosun) - Summary: There are reports that many large corporations in South Korea have either given May 2nd, 2008, as a day off, or encouraged their workers to take a day of leave on that day, with the result that one can expect most banks, government services and large corporations to be hard to reach from May 1st to May 5th, 2008, inclusively. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

22-Apr-2008

Macedonia

Macedonia Confirms Status Of Upcoming May 1st and 2nd (Source: Makfax Vesnik-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labor and Social Policy issued a communique confirming that Thursday, May 1, 2008, was a non-working day (public holiday) throughout Macedonia, but that Friday, May 2nd, 2008, would be a regular working day. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

21-Apr-2008

Turkey

Turkey's May Day Will Not Be A Public Holiday (Source: PR-Inside) - Summary: Turkey's government says it will again commemorate workers' day on May 1, starting in 2008, after a 28 year hiatus, but government spokesman Cemil Cicek says May Day will not be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

21-Apr-2008

Romania

Romania Declares May 2nd Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Mediafax) - Summary: The Romanian Government has now announced that Friday, May 2, 2008, would be a one-off, full national public holiday, to bridge the gap between the public holiday of Labor Day and the weekend. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

21-Apr-2008

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Declares May 2 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Zakon) - Summary: Kazakhstan's President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has issued a decree that makes Friday, May 2, 2008, a bridge public holiday (Thursday, May 1st, is already a public holiday). Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

19-Apr-2008

Turkey

Turkey's Parliament Considers Reinstating May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Zaman) - Summary: AK Party deputy, Agah Kafkas, has submitted to Parliament a proposal for May 1 to be restored as a public holiday in Turkey, to be celebrated as the Day of Unity and Solidarity. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

19-Apr-2008

Ecuador

Ecuador Preparing To Move Labour Day 2008 To May 2nd (Source: El Universo-Guayaquil) - Summary: Ecuador's Tourism Minister, Verónica Sión, announced yesterday that her ministry was working on a decree that would move the 2008 observance of the Labour Day public holiday (Día del Trabajo) from Thursday, May 1st, to Friday, May 2nd, 2008. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

19-Apr-2008

South Africa

South Africa Extends 2010 Winter School Holidays To 5 Weeks (Source: The Daily News-Johannesburg) - Summary: The education department is proposing a five-week school break (June 10 to July 12, 2010) during the 2010 Soccer World Cup to avoid pupil and teacher absenteeism and a chaotic transport system. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

19-Apr-2008

Panama

Panama Labour Day 2008 To Remain On May 1st (Source: La Prensa) - Summary: Panama's Secretary of State for Communication announced that the upcoming 2008 Labour Day public holiday would be observed on its traditional set date of May 1st. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

18-Apr-2008

Romania

Romania Considering Adding a 3rd New Annual Public Holiday (Source: De Jure-Chisinau) - Summary: The President of Romania, Traian Basescu, sent the request for a review of the recent law amending the Labor Code, asking for the introduction of an additional annual public holiday on August 15, the date of the Assumption. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

16-Apr-2008

Botswana

Botswana Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: Botswana Government Gazette) - Summary: It was announced in the Government Gazette of April 7, 2008, that Botswana's President, Ian Khama, had declared that Friday, May 2, 2008, as a one-off bridge public holiday. Links: full story and other Botswana news and updates.

14-Apr-2008

Philippines

Philippines Changes May 1st Public Holiday Dates (Source: GMA News-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has issued Proclamation 1463 which exempts the annual May 1st, Labour Day, public holiday from the terms of the recent Republic Act 9492. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

11-Apr-2008

Sudan

Sudan Declares April 15 Census Public Holiday (Source: The Sudan Tribune) - Summary: The Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced today that Tuesday, April 15, 2008, would be an official public holiday throughout Sudan to coincide with the implementation of the fifth Sudan Population and Housing Census. Links: other Sudan news and updates.

11-Apr-2008

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2009 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 2009. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

10-Apr-2008

Malawi

Malawi Set To Restore Kamuzu Day Public Holiday Starting In 2008 (Source: The Daily Times-Lilongwe) - Summary: Malawi's Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, George Chaponda, has announced that Cabinet has approved the Parliamentary resolution of 2006 restoring Kamuzu Day as a public holiday, observed annually on May 14th, in honor of Malawi's first president Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

10-Apr-2008

Bermuda

Bermuda Establishes New October Public Holiday (Source: The Bermuda Sun-Hamilton) - Summary: The Government of Bermuda has decided to create a new holiday called "Heroes' Day", to be held for the first time on October 13, 2008. Links: full story and other Bermuda news and updates.

8-Apr-2008

South Korea

South Korea April 9 General Elections Day Public Holiday (Source: AFP and WSMV) - Summary: The General Elections of tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, 2008, will be a partial public holiday, in the sense that government offices will be closed, and most businesses will either close, or will give 2-3 hours to its employees to go and vote. Links: other South Korea news and updates.

8-Apr-2008

Iraq

Iraq Declares April 9 Nationwide Public Holiday (Source: ABC News) - Summary: For the 5th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, April 9, 2008, the Iraqi government has declared a one-off nationwide public holiday (usually this date is only observed as a public holiday in Kurdistan). Links: other Iraq news and updates.

8-Apr-2008

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Declares April 14 Additional Public Holiday (Source: Daily News-Colombo) - Summary: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Karu Jayasuriya to declare Monday, April 14, 2008, as a day in lieu public holiday as Sinhala and Tamil New Year falls on a Sunday in 2008. Links: other Sri Lanka news and updates.

8-Apr-2008

Laos

Laos Confirms April 16 Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Vientiane Times) - Summary: The government has announced that Wednesday April 16 will be a day in lieu public holiday, in compensation for the first day of the Lao New Year public holiday, April 13, falling on a Sunday in 2008. Links: other Laos news and updates.

6-Apr-2008

Canada

Canada's PEI Province Adds February Public Holiday (Source: CBC + The Chronicle Herald) - Summary: The new Liberal government of the Province of Prince Edward's Island announced the creation of a new provincial public holiday, "Islander Day", to be held on the second Monday in February, beginning in 2009. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

2-Apr-2008

Nepal

Nepal Declares April 7-11 CA Polls Public Holiday (Source: Nepal News) - Summary: Following a cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office, earlier today, the government has announced five-day public holiday, to run from Monday-Friday, April 7-11, 2008, inclusively, on the occasion of the constituent assembly polls. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

1-Apr-2008

Macau

Macau Declares April 3 Civil Service Public Holiday (Source: The Macau Daily Times) - Summary: It has been reported by Jose Pereira Coutinho, a lawmaker close to the Secretary for Administration and Justice, that the government of Macau will declare this Thursday, April 3, 2008, as a one-off public holiday for civil servants. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

1-Apr-2008

Ukraine

Ukraine Declares April 26-May 4 Public Holidays (Source: UNIAN) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has issued a decree shifting the workdays of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30, 2008, to the Saturdays of May 17 and 31, respectively, thereby bridging the gap between the Orthodox Easter and May Day public holidays. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

1-Apr-2008

Nepal

Nepal To Declare 4-Day Public Holiday For Upcoming CA Polls (Source: Nepal News) - Summary: Nepal's Home Minister, Krishna Prasad Sitaula, has announced that the government is about to announce a four-day public holiday keeping in view the election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) on April 10. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.


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