Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates June 2008


 
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This monthly recap of June 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

30-Jun-2008

Tanzania

Tanzania Bank Holiday Tomorrow (Source: The Bank of Tanzania) - Summary: In accordance with the provisions of Section 64(1) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act No 5 of 2006, the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) announced earlier today that tomorrow, Tuesday, July 1st, 2008, would be a banking holiday. Links: full story and other Tanzania news and updates.

30-Jun-2008

Lesotho

Lesotho 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) - Summary: The Central Bank of Lesotho has published the official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the upcoming calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Lesotho news and updates.

30-Jun-2008

Belize

Belize 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) - Summary: The press office of the Government of Belize has announced the official list of 2009 public holidays in Belize. Links: full story and other Belize news and updates.

27-Jun-2008

Poland

Poland Epiphany Public Holiday Restoration Gaining Momentum (Source: Catholic World News-Warsaw) - Summary: The petition launched last March, to restore the, January 6, Epiphany public holiday (abolished in 1960), has now reached the half-million signatures mark. Links: full story and other Poland news and updates.

26-Jun-2008

Armenia

Armenia Declares June 30th Public Holiday (Source: ArmInfo News Agency-Yerevan) - Summary: Late last night, Armenian Prime Minister, Tigran Sargsyan, announced that Monday, June 30, 2008, the day after the Armenian religious festival of Vardavar (the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ), had been declared a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

26-Jun-2008

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan July 6 Public Holiday Signed Into Law (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Gazeta) - Summary: The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has signed the amendment to the Law on Holidays of the Republic of Kazakhstan which declares The Day of the Capital, on July 6, as a new annual non-working public holiday, effective as of this year. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

26-Jun-2008

UK

UK 2012 Combined Olympics And Diamond Jubilee Public Holiday Deemed Likely (Source: The Guardian) - Summary: In the running saga of the search for a new UK public holiday, a new idea has recently surfaced; that of making the 2012 Tuesday after the Summer Bank Holiday a public holiday, thus creating a 4-day public holiday. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

26-Jun-2008

Argentina

Argentina To Consider Tourism-Boosting Public Holidays Change (Source: Misiones Online-Buenos Aires) - Summary: A draft law is being considered by the Parliament of Argentina (Cámara de Diputados) which would have for effect to make all public holidays in Argentina remain on the fixed date that they commemorate. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

24-Jun-2008

South Africa

South Africa Postpones June 24 Day Of Mourning (Source: AFP) - Summary: Earlier today, Government spokesman, Themba Maseko, announced that the national day of mourning scheduled for today, had been postponed. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

23-Jun-2008

Zambia

Zambia To Consider Adding June 23 Public Holiday Next Year (Source: Zambia Daily Mail-Lusaka) - Summary: Zambia's President, Dr Mwanawasa, speaking ahead of the Africa Public Service Day, which falls today, regretted that commemoration of the day had not been brought to his government's attention in good time, otherwise it could have been declared a public holiday. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

23-Jun-2008

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent Public Holiday For 17th One-Day International (Source: Nation News-Barbados) - Summary: Tuesday, June 24, 2008, has been declared a public holiday to mark the occasion of St Vincent's 17th One-Day International, cricket tournament. Links: other Saint Vincent and the Grenadines news and updates.

23-Jun-2008

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Senate Votes July 6 Public Holiday (Source: KazInform-Astana) - Summary: The plenary session of the Kazakh Senate adopted an amendment to the Kazakh law On holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan to establish a new state holiday Day of the Capital on July 6. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

23-Jun-2008

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Government Clarifies Date Of Upcoming Referendum Public Holiday (Source: Cay Compass News) - Summary: Last Friday, The Leader of Government Business, Kurt Tibbetts, confirmed that the day of the referendum on the People's Progressive Movement's proposed changes to the constitution will likely be a public holiday. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

22-Jun-2008

Spain

Spain's La Rioja Autonomous Region Votes Online For 2009 Variable Public Holidays (Source: Finanzas.com-Logroño) - Summary: The autonomous region of La Rioja had its inhabitants vote online to choose the 2 public holidays that are left at the discretion of each of Spain's autonomous regions. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

21-Jun-2008

Bulgaria

Bulgaria To Observe June 23 Public Service Day (Source: FOCUS Information Agency) - Summary: The Bulgarian Ministry for State Administration and Administrative Reform announced that Bulgarian state administrative officials are to observe their annual professional holiday on Monday, June 23, 2008. Links: other Bulgaria news and updates.

20-Jun-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan's Sindh Province Declares June 21st Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Times-Karachi + Press Trust Of India) - Summary: Provincial Law Minister, Ayaz Ahmed Soomro, announced that the Government of the Province of Sindh had decided to observe Saturday, June 21, 2008, as a one-off general public holiday to mark the birthday of slain leader, Benazir Bhutto. Links: other Pakistan news and updates.

20-Jun-2008

Russia

Russia's First Lady Wants July 8 Public Holiday (Source: Agence France-Presse-Moscow) - Summary: Russia's First Lady, Svetlana Medvedeva, is chairing a committee to celebrate July 8th as a Russian "anti-Valentine's Day", with emphasis on family, marriage and long-term faithfulness, rather than what she (and many in Russia) considers the shallowness of Saint-Valentine's celebration of short-term infatuation. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

19-Jun-2008

Mauritius

Mauritius Will Introduce Summertime Change Starting In November 2008 (Source: L'Express) - Summary: Mauritius' Finance Minister, Rama Sithanen, has announced that Mauritius would start testing moving clocks forward one hour in the summer (aka. summer time change), from November 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

19-Jun-2008

Isle of Man

Isle of Man 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Isle of Man Treasury-Tynwald) - Summary: The Bank Holidays (2009) Order 2008 was approved by Tynwald, yesterday, setting forth the list of official public holidays in the Isle of Man for 2009. Links: full story and other Isle of Man news and updates.

18-Jun-2008

Niger

Niger Declares June 19 Census Start A Public Holiday (Source: African Press Agency-Niamey) - Summary: The government of Niger has declared Thursday, June 19, 2008, a one-off public holiday throughout the country, to mark the a national census to update the electoral roll in the country's 265 communes, ahead of the 2009 general polls. Links: other Niger news and updates.

18-Jun-2008

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Lower House Votes July 6 Public Holiday (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Gazeta) - Summary: At today's plenary session of the Majilis (Kazakhstan's Lower House of Parliament), deputies approved a bill which would create a new annual non-working public holiday on July 6, the Day of the Capital. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

18-Jun-2008

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Constitutional Referendum Date Set For July 30 (Source: Cayman Net News) - Summary: According to local press releases, the Cayman Islands' Constitutional Referendum will take place on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, and that date will be a full, one-off, national public holiday. Links: other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

16-Jun-2008

Philippines

Philippines Declares June 24 Public Holiday In Manila (Source: ABS CBN News) - Summary: President Gloria Macapal Arroyo (PGMA) has declared Tuesday, June 24, 2008 as a one-off public holiday in the City of Manila by virtue of Proclamation No. 1500, to mark the 437th Foundation anniversary of the capital of the Philippines. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

15-Jun-2008

India

Indian 2009 Public Holidays Released (Source: The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions-New Delhi) - Summary: India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released the list of 2009 public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

15-Jun-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan To Celebrate June 18 National Day Of Human Rights For The First Time (Source: Today.az-Baku) - Summary: The National Day of Human Rights will be marked as a national day in Azerbaijan, for the first time, on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

14-Jun-2008

South Africa

South Africa Declares Country-Wide June 24 Day Of Mourning (Source: SABC-South African Broadcasting Corporation) - Summary: The South African government has declared June 24, 2008, as the national day of mourning for the victims of the recent xenophobic violence, but has specified that this day would not be a public holiday. Links: other South Africa news and updates.

14-Jun-2008

Maldives

Maldives Declare June 15 Public Holiday To Celebrate SAFF Championship (Source: Maldives' Ministry of Legal Reform, Information and Arts) - Summary: Following the Maldives' National team winning of the 2008 SAFF championship, President Gayyoom declared tomorrow, Sunday, June 15, 2008, as a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

13-Jun-2008

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado-ORHELO) - Summary: The public sector's human resources department of the government of Puerto Rico (ORHELA) has released the "Memorando Especial Núm. 7-2008", which lists the public sector holidays for the year 2009. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

12-Jun-2008

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) - Summary: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" the official list of Sri Lankan bank holidays, public holidays, and full Moon Poya days, for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

11-Jun-2008

Nigeria

Nigeria's Lagos State Considering Adding Traditional Religion Public Holiday (Source: The Leadership-Abuja) - Summary: Lagos State Legislative Assembly Speaker, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has announced that August 20th of every year was recommended to be declared a new public holiday to celebrate Isese Day. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

11-Jun-2008

Nigeria

Nigeria's Lagos State Declares June 12 Public Holiday (Source: Lagos State Government-Lagos) - Summary: Tomorrow, Thursday, June 12, 2008, has been declared a public holiday, as usual since 1999, by Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Governor of Lagos State. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

11-Jun-2008

Philippines

Philippines June 19 Public Holiday In Laguna Province (Source: PIA and Balita) - Summary: Thursday, June 19, 2008, was declared a one-off public holiday in the Province of Laguna and the City of Calamba to mark the 147th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

10-Jun-2008

Australia

Australia's Queen's Birthday Public Holiday Back In The News (Source: ABC News) - Summary: Tasmanian Liberal Senator, Guy Barnett, has suggested reforms to the Queen's Birthday public holiday, namely moving it to a more relevant date, such as the monarch's actual birthday in April or even to September 1 (National Wattle Day) or International Volunteers Day, on September 5. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

10-Jun-2008

Indonesia

Indonesia 2009 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: The Jakarta Post) - Summary: The coordinating Minister for the People's Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, announced the 2009 public holidays joint decree, signed by the coordinating minister for people's welfare, the state minister for administrative reforms, the religious affairs minister and the manpower and transmigration minister. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

10-Jun-2008

Macedonia

Macedonia Confirms Status Of June 13 All Souls' Public Holiday (Source: Makfax Vesnik-Skopje) - Summary: The Macedonian Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare has issued a statement confirming that, following the passing of the 2007 Law on holidays in Republic of Macedonia, the date of Friday, June 13, 2008, All-Souls' Day (Duhovden) was a non-working day for the Orthodox believers in Macedonia. Links: other Macedonia news and updates.

9-Jun-2008

Malaysia

Malaysia's Terengganu State Declares June 10 Public Holiday (Source: Bernama-Malaysian National News Agency) - Summary: Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said, of the state government of Malaysia's State of Terengganu, announced tonight that Tuesday, June 10, 2008 would be a one-off public holiday "due to the state's success in emerging the overall champions of the 12th Malaysia Games". Links: other Malaysia news and updates.

6-Jun-2008

Mongolia

Mongolia's Provinces To Celebrate National Day Earlier Than Capital (Source: Montsame) - Summary: One of the Deputy Premiers of Mongolia, and Head of the ''Naadam'' national holiday organizing committee, has announced that the Naadam national day public holiday would be celebrated from July 11-13, as usual, in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

5-Jun-2008

Romania

Romania's Parliament To Consider Adding 2 New Public Holidays (Source: Mediafax) - Summary: A draft law published in Part I, no. 217/ 21.III.2008 of Romania's Official government Gazette, would create 2 additional annual public holidays. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

5-Jun-2008

New Caledonia

New Caledonia Declares June 26 Public Holiday (Source: Radio New Zealand International) - Summary: French high commissioner, Yves Dassonville, has announced that New Caledonia will celebrate June 26th, 2008, as a one-off public holiday to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1988 Matignon Accords. Links: full story and other New Caledonia news and updates.

5-Jun-2008

Angola

Angola Legislative Elections On September 5 (Source: Angola Press Agency-Luanda) - Summary: The office of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos issued a statement announcing legislative elections, on Friday, September 5, 2008. Links: full story and other Angola news and updates.

5-Jun-2008

Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2008 Ratting Day Public Holiday Finally (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: After some delays, the date for this year's Ratting Day public holiday of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha has finally been set for tomorrow, Friday, June 6, 2008. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

3-Jun-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Confirms June 16 Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: APA-Baku) - Summary: The Spokesman for Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers, Akif Ali, confirmed that Monday, June 16, 2008. would be a non-working public holiday throughout Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

3-Jun-2008

Argentina

Argentina Confirms Moving Of June 20 And August 17 Public Holidays (Source: InfoBAE) - Summary: The Argentine Ministry of the Interior has announced that this year, again, the June 20 and August 17 public holidays would be moved to the 3rd Monday of their respective months. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

2-Jun-2008

Philippines

Philippines Declares June 6 Regional Public Holiday (Source: Office of the President) - Summary: Proclamation No. 1513 was issued, making Friday, June 6, 2008 (the 56th Foundation Day anniversary of the western Mindanao province), as a special non-working day in Zamboanga del Norte. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

1-Jun-2008

Morocco

Morocco Introduces Summer Time For The First Time (Source: El Jadida) - Summary: Through decree n°2-08-224, the Moroccan authorities have introduced daylight saving time (DST) for the first time. As from June 1, 2008 the local time will be GMT+1. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.


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