Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates August 2008


 
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This monthly recap of August 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

31-Aug-2008

Uruguay

Uruguay Considering One-Off 2009 Public Holiday In Paso de los Toros (Source: Diario El País-Montevideo) - Summary: A bill has been introduced to the Parliament of Uruguay which would declare April 17, 2009, a one-off public holiday in Paso de los Toros, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1959 inundations. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

30-Aug-2008

Angola

Angola Declares September 3 Public Holiday (Source: Angop News Agency-Luanda) - Summary: The Angolan government has declared the observance of a one-off paid non-working public holiday on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, the last day of the current campaign for the September 5 legislative elections. Links: full story and other Angola news and updates.

29-Aug-2008

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Territory Deputy Administrator) - Summary: The Administrator of the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands has released the list of its official public holidays for the year 2009. Links: full story and other Cocos (Keeling) Islands news and updates.

28-Aug-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Confirms Dates Of Upcoming Ramazan Bayram Public Holiday (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: The Press Officer of the Azerbaijan Cabinet of Ministers, Akif Ali, has announced that the dates for the upcoming Ramazan Bayram (End of Ramadan) public holiday, had been confirmed as Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

27-Aug-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Presidential Election Will Be A Public Holiday (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: A spokesman for the Azerbaijan Central Election Commission, Azer Sariyev, announced that according to item 8.2 of the Electoral Code, the date of the upcoming presidential election, Wednesday, October 15, 2008, would be a non-working day (ie. a public holiday). Links: other Azerbaijan news and updates.

26-Aug-2008

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago PM Deems September 8 Public Holiday "Very Unlikely" (Source: Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday-Port-of-Spain) - Summary: Asked about the much-rumoured September 8 public holiday to honor the 4x100m relay team's silver medal, Trinidad and Tobago's PM, Patrick Manning, said that while Cabinet was yet to decide on the best method by which to honour the achievement, he thought that the declaration of a one-off public holiday was "very unlikely". Links: other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

26-Aug-2008

Zambia

Zambia Declares September 3rd Public Holiday (Source: The Earth Times) - Summary: Cabinet Secretary, Joshua Kanganja, announced that acting Zambian president, Rupiah Banda, had declared a public holiday on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, the day on which the late President Levy Mwanawasa is to be interred, and which would have been his 60th birthday. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

26-Aug-2008

Argentina

Argentina Introduces Law Moving October 12 Weekend Public Holiday (Source: La Nación) - Summary: The Minister of the Interior, Florencio Randazzo, has finally released the text of the draft bill sent to Parliament concerning the amendment of law 23.555 to allow for the moving of the October 12 Día de la Raza public holiday to the next Monday, if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, making the change permanent for years to come. Links: other Argentina news and updates.

25-Aug-2008

Nigeria

Nigeria's Jigawa State Establishes New Annual State Holiday (Source: Triumph-Dutse) - Summary: Nigeria's Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, has announced that, starting in 2008, August 27th would become an annual public holiday in Jigawa State. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

25-Aug-2008

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Declares August 26 National Day Of Mourning (Source: China Daily) - Summary: Following last week-end's plane crash in which 65 people died, Kyrgyzstan's President, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, ordered a day of national mourning for Tuesday, August 26. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

24-Aug-2008

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Public Sector Upcoming Eid Holiday To Last 13 Days (Source: Al Watan) - Summary: Basing itself on Article 4 of the Vacations List issued by the Civil Service Council in 1426 AH (AD 2005), the Government of Saudi Arabia has declared Wednesday, September 24, 2008, as a one-off public holiday for the public sector, to bridge the 1-day gap between the National Day public holiday, and the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr holiday for the government and public service. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

24-Aug-2008

Zambia

Zambia Could Declare A Public Holiday On September 3 (Source: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation-ZNBC) - Summary: The president of the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Leonard Hikaumba, has called on the Government of Zambia to declare a one-off national non-working public holiday on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008, on the day of the funeral of President Levy Mwanawasa. Links: other Zambia news and updates.

24-Aug-2008

Malaysia

Malaysia Declares August 26 Penang State Public Holiday (Source: New Straits Times) - Summary: After much back and forth, Malaysia's Penang State Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, has instructed the Penang State Government to declare Tuesday, August 26, 2008, as a one-off, public holiday throughout the State of Penang, on the occasion of the Permatang Pauh by-election. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

23-Aug-2008

Malaysia

Malaysia Regional Polling Day Holiday Announced (Source: The New Straits Times) - Summary: Education Director-General, Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom, announced that the anticipated Tuesday, August 26, 2008, special polling day holiday would be limited to all primary, secondary and government-aided schools in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

23-Aug-2008

Liberia

Liberia Declares Day In Lieu For Flag Day Public Holiday (Source: Liberia Broadcasting System-Monrovia) - Summary: The Liberian Foreign Ministry released a statement saying that since August 24th falls on Sunday, this year, a day in lieu public holiday is to be officially observed on Monday, August 25, 2008. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan Announces September 6 Presidential Election (Source: Xinhua) - Summary: Earlier today, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that the presidential election will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Nigeria

Nigeria: Renewed Calls For Traditional Public Holidays (Source: The Nigerian Tribune) - Summary: Chief Ifalere Adedosu, of the Adimula Improvement Movement, has added his voice to those asking the federal government of Nigeria to declare at least one public holiday for traditional African religions. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Malaysia

Malaysia: Possible Election Day Public Holiday In Penang State (Source: The New Straits Times) - Summary: Speaking to reporters, earlier today, Penang State Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, said that he may yet declare a election day one-off state-wide public holiday, on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. Links: other Malaysia news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Botswana

Botswana Moving Towards Election Day Public Holiday (Source: The Daily News) - Summary: During the parliamentary debate on the "Electoral (Amendment) Bill" this week, the MP for Selebi-Phikwe West, Mr Kavis Kario, supported by the MP for Lobatse, Mr Nehemiah Modubule, introduced an amendment, which among other things, would make election day a public holiday in Botswana. Links: full story and other Botswana news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Holiday For State Security Employees (Source: Azerbaijan Business Center-Baku) - Summary: A presidential decree, signed yesterday by President Ilham Aliyev, establishes August 23 as the annual Professional Holiday of employees of the State Security Service. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Bhutan

Bhutan Coronation And Centenary Holidays Likely To Last 7 Days (Source: The Bhutan Times-Thimpu) - Summary: According to a draft document released by the National Steering Committee for the Coronation and Centenary Celebrations (NSCCC), the 3-day coronation public holiday, announced on August 4, will be extended by 2 additional days (November 10 and 12, 2008). Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Argentina

Argentina President To Declare October 13 Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Tucumán Noticias-San Miguel de Tucumán) - Summary: Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, confirmed earlier rumours that she would decree Monday, October 13, 2008, as a day in lieu public holiday to compensate the fact that the Día de la Raza public holiday falls on a Sunday in 2008. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

22-Aug-2008

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Half-Day Public Holiday On September 1st (Source: The Antigua Sun) - Summary: Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer, announced that cabinet had approved a recommendation making Monday, September 1, 2008, a one-off, half day national public holiday to be observed as a day of prayer and fasting by the entire nation. Links: other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

21-Aug-2008

Argentina

Argentina Considering Amending Law On Movable Public Holidays (Source: La Capital-Mar del Plata) - Summary: During yesterday's visit of Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to Mar del Plata, the topic of the upcoming Día de la Raza public holiday was raised. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

21-Aug-2008

Jamaica

Jamaica's PM Considering Public Holiday To Celebrate Olympic Medals (Source: Reuters) - Summary: Earlier tonight, Bruce Golding, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, told Reuters he hoped to declare a national public holiday after the current Olympic Games to celebrate the island's success (as of tonight, Jamaica has collected seven athletics medals, including gold in three sprints). Links: other Jamaica news and updates.

20-Aug-2008

Panama

Panama Declares Olympic Medal Public Holiday (Source: El Sendero del Peje-Panamá) - Summary: Panama's President, Martín Torrijos Espino, has declared Thursday, August 21, 2008, a one-off public holiday to celebrate the return on Panamanian soil of Irving Saladino, the first Olympic gold medalist of Panama's history. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

20-Aug-2008

Macau

Macau Public Holidays Legislation Amended (Source: Boletim Oficial da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau-Macau) - Summary: The government of the Macau SAR has gazetted an amendment to the current legislation governing non-working public holidays in Macau. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

19-Aug-2008

Romania

Romania To Consider Adding Dormition Public Holiday (Source: The Press Bureau Of The Romanian Patriarchate) - Summary: His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, announced that he had filed a request with the Romanian Parliament to make August 15 one of the Romanian legal public holidays. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

18-Aug-2008

Moldova

Moldova Public Holiday In Gagauzia (Source: Infotag-Chisinau) - Summary: Gagauzia, an autonomy in southern Moldova, has declared Tuesday, August 19, 2008, a public holiday to mark the 18th anniversary of the proclamation of the Gagauz Republic. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

17-Aug-2008

UK

UK Government Responds To Calls For New Annual Public Holiday (Source: The official site of the Prime Minister's Office) - Summary: The government of the United Kingdom has posted an official response to last year's e-petition to create a new annual public holiday, the National Remembrance Holiday. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

17-Aug-2008

Kuwait

Kuwait Draft Law Making Last 10 Days Of Ramadan An Official Religious Holiday (Source: Al Watan) - Summary: A draft law presented by MPs Faisal Al-Mislem, Jamaan Al-Harbash, Ali Al-Omair and Abdullatif Al-Omairi, would add a new Article 23 to Amiri decree 15/1979, stipulating that the last ten days of Ramadan (September 21-30, in 2008) be an official religious holiday. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

17-Aug-2008

Philippines

Philippines May Yet Again Review Its Holidays Law (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer) - Summary: Philippines Senator, Benigno Aquino III (aka. Noynoy), has announced that he will soon introduce legislation to change the "holiday economics" policy mandated by last year's Republic Act No. 9492, which moves certain public holidays, except those religious in nature, to form three-day weekends to encourage travel and leisure spending. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

16-Aug-2008

Canada

Canada's NB PM Rejects Calls For Acadian Day Public Holiday (Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) - Summary: Reacting to renewed calls to have August 15, Acadian Day, made into a provincial, if not national, public holiday, New Brunswick's provincial Premier, Shawn Graham, indicated that this was not a priority for his government. Links: other Canada news and updates.

16-Aug-2008

Argentina

Argentina's Chubut Province Proposes Public Holiday For Restoration of Democracy's 25th Anniversary (Source: Chubut Government Website) - Summary: A group of UCR deputies in Argentina's Chubut Parliament has introduced a bill to make Thursday, October 30, 2008, a one-off provincial public holiday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Argentina. Links: other Argentina news and updates.

16-Aug-2008

Australia

Australia Extends Melbourne Cup Public Holiday To Entire Victoria State (Source: The Advertiser-Bendigo, VIC) - Summary: Late last month, the Victoria State government introduced the Public Holidays Amendment Bill 2008 to compensate regional Victorians in 28 regional councils which do not observe the Melbourne Cup public holiday or offer an alternative paid day off. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

15-Aug-2008

Swaziland

Swaziland Announces Official Reed Dance Public Holiday Date (Source: The Times of Swaziland-Mbabane) - Summary: Prince Gabheni, in an interview yesterday, announced that the 2008 Umhlanga (Reed Dance) ceremony would straddle the months of August and September, with the second day, being the official Umhlanga public holiday. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

15-Aug-2008

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Gazettes Public Holidays Law Amendments (Source: State News Agency of Turkmenistan-TDH) - Summary: The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has signed into law the Turkmenistan Act No 207-III of 15 August 2008 to amend the Labour Code of 1972 (as amended in 1992), which amends article 66 of Turkmenistan's Labour Code, the part dealing with Holidays and Memorable Days. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

14-Aug-2008

Vietnam

Vietnam September 1 Bank And Financial Bridge Holiday (Source: Vietnam State Securities Commission) - Summary: The Vietnam State Securities Commission has declared that, due to the Tuesday, September 2, public holiday, Monday, September 1, 2008, would be an exchange holiday in Vietnam. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

14-Aug-2008

Philippines

Philippines Declares Upcoming Regional and Municipal Public Holidays (Source: Philippines' Presidency Website) - Summary: Philippines' President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) has declared a series of upcoming dates as special non-working public holidays in five cities, one municipality and one province. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

13-Aug-2008

Christmas Island

Christmas Island Announces Chinese New Year Public Holiday Change Of Date (Source: Private Communication) - Summary: The territorial administration of Christmas Island has released its official list of 2009 public holidays, which features change of date for the first day of the Chinese New Year public holidays. Links: full story and other Christmas Island news and updates.

13-Aug-2008

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Declares August 15 Regional Public Holiday (Source: Bulgarian Cabinet Decree) - Summary: A recent Cabinet Decree has made Friday, August 15, 2008, a one-off municipal public holiday in the Black Sea city of Varna which, on this date, celebrates its holiday. Links: other Bulgaria news and updates.

12-Aug-2008

Georgia

Georgia Declares August 12 Bank Holiday (Source: JSC Bank of Georgia) - Summary: Nicholas Enukidze, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Georgia, announced late last night that the government of Georgia had declared a one-off bank holiday for today, Tuesday August 12, 2008. Links: other Georgia news and updates.

11-Aug-2008

Mauritius

Mauritius 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Prime Minister's Office-Port-Louis) - Summary: At its meeting of last Friday, August 1, 2008, the Cabinet of the Government of Mauritius has approved the official list of public holidays in Mauritius for the upcoming calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

11-Aug-2008

Indonesia

Indonesia Announces Date Of 2009 General Elections (Source: IFES) - Summary: Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that next year's general elections will be held on April 9, 2009. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

10-Aug-2008

Spain

Spain's Melilla Will Not Observe Feast Of Sacrifice As Public Holiday In 2009 (Source: Melilla Hoy) - Summary: The Governing Council of the autonomous region of Melilla has announced that the 2 regional public holidays for 2009 would remain the same as in the past. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

10-Aug-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Officially Restores August 15 Public Holiday (Source: bdnews24) - Summary: Earlier today, Syed Fahim Munaim, chief spokesman for the head of the interim government of Bangladesh, announced that the cabinet had decided to restore the date of August 15th as an annual government holiday and national day of mourning. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

7-Aug-2008

Philippines

Philippines Declares August 8 and 11 Public Holidays In Muslim Regions (Source: GMA News) - Summary: Earlier today, Executive Secretary, Eduardo R. Ermita, signed Proclamation 1578, declaring Friday, August 8, and Monday, August 11, as non-working holidays in the ARMM (Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) where elections will be held, as well as in Cotabato and Isabela cities, areas where the counting of votes will be held. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

6-Aug-2008

China

China's Capital Declares August 8 Public Holiday (Source: The Times-London) - Summary: The Beijing municipal government has declared Friday, August 8, 2008, the day of the Olympics' opening ceremony, a one-off municipal public holiday. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

6-Aug-2008

Maldives

Maldives Declare Public Holiday For Tomorrow's Constitution Ratification (Source: High Commission of the Republic of Maldives in the UK) - Summary: The President of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has declared tomorrow, Thursday, August 7, 2008, a one-off public holiday in the Maldives to coincide with the ratification of the new Constitution. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

6-Aug-2008

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bank, Financial, School And Government Closings Today (Source: Bloomberg) - Summary: Earlier this morning, the level 8 cyclone warning was raised in Hong Kong, in expectation of cyclone Kammuri's passage later in the day. In response, the government of Hong Kong closed government offices and schools for the day. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

5-Aug-2008

Venezuela

Venezuela Adopts Law To Move Public Holidays To Nearest Weekend (Source: Ministerio de Comunicación e Información-Caracas) - Summary: A revised organic law of tourism (Gaceta Oficial Extraordinaria 5.889 del 31 de julio) includes, for the first time in Venezuela, the concept of moving mid-week public holidays to the nearest weekend, to promote internal tourism. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

5-Aug-2008

Macedonia

Macedonia Announces Ramadan Dates (Source: IslamOnline.net) - Summary: Afrim Alija, a teacher in a school affiliated to the Islamic Sheikhdom of Macedonia, has announced that the Muslim religious authorities in Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia had agreed to observe the start of the month of Ramadan on September 1, 2008. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

5-Aug-2008

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Announces Ramadan Dates (Source: B92-Belgrade) - Summary: An official with the Islamic Sheikdom of Bosnia, Subhi Wassim, announced that the Muslim religious authorities in Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia had agreed to observe the start of the month of Ramadan on September 1, 2008. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

4-Aug-2008

Bhutan

Bhutan Announces Dates Of Upcoming Coronation Public Holiday (Source: Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimpu) - Summary: The coronation ceremony of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will be held at the Tashichhodzong on the 8th Day of the 9th Bhutanese month of the Earth Male Rat year corresponding to November 6, 2008. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

3-Aug-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh's BNP Demands May 30 And November 7 Public Holidays (Source: The Financial Express-Dhaka) - Summary: Following the Awami League's (AL) recent victory in getting the Bangladesh High Court to force the government to restore the August 15 public holiday commemorating the death of Bangladesh's founding father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

2-Aug-2008

Spain

Spain's La Rioja Region Changes 2009 Regional Public Holidays (Source: larioja.com) - Summary: The government of Spain's autonomous region of La Rioja has released the list of its 2009 public holidays. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

2-Aug-2008

Spain

Spain's Balears Region Announces 2009 Public Holidays (Source: Diario de Ibiza-Palma) - Summary: Spain's autonomous region of the Balears has announced its official calendar of 2009 public holidays. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

2-Aug-2008

American Samoa

American Samoa Declares August 4th Government Public Holiday (Source: KHJ Radio News) - Summary: American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has declared Monday, August 4, 2008, a government public holiday. Links: full story and other American Samoa news and updates.

1-Aug-2008

Niue

Niue Closed For Business During Upcoming PIFLS Summit (Source: Niue Government-Alofi) - Summary: The Government of Niue has announced that the country would not be able to accommodate any visitors during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit (PIFLS) which will be hosted in Niue from August 19-21, 2008. Links: other Niue news and updates.


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