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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates November 2008

This monthly recap of November 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-Nov-2008

Sénégal

Senegal Moves Eid al-Adha Public Holiday To December 9 (Source: Xalima-Dakar) - Summary: The coordinator of Senegal's Moon Sighting Committee (Commission nationale d'observation du croissant lunaire), Iyane Thiam, has announced that the crescent Moon had not been sighted on Friday night and that, therefore, the Eid al-Adha public holiday (aka. Tabaski in Sénégal) would be observed on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, instead of the previously announced date of December 8. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

29-Nov-2008

Ecuador

Ecuador Declares End-of-Year Bridge Public Holidays (Source: El Universo-Guayaquil) - Summary: Late this week, Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa Delgado, issued Executive Decree 1452, declaring Friday, December 26, 2008, and Friday, January 2, 2009, as one-off bridge public holidays (días de descanso obligatorio), for both the public and private sectors. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

29-Nov-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan Confirm December 9 Eidul Azha Public Holiday (Source: Radio Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, has announced that the Zilhajj moon had not been sighted anywhere in the country last night and that consequently the Eidul-Azha public holiday would be celebrated on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

29-Nov-2008

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Set To Keep July 25 Public Holiday Fixed (Source: La Nación-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's 2005 movable public holidays law is set to suffer one more blow as Costa Rican deputies have introduced a bill that would the practice of moving the July 25, "Anexión de Guanacaste", public holiday to the nearest Monday, when it fall on a mid-week weekday. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

28-Nov-2008

Liberia

Liberia Keeps Tubman Public Holiday On Saturday (Source: The Liberia Times-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, November 29, 2008, a public holiday for the 113th birth anniversary of Liberia's 18th President, William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

28-Nov-2008

Russia

Russian 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Realtime Systems) - Summary: On November 26, the government of the Russian Federation has released RF Government Resolution No. 877, "On public holidays transfer in 2009", which confirms the list of 2009 public holidays and additional bridge public holidays to be compensated by a nearby working Saturday or Sunday. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

28-Nov-2008

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Public Service Holidays From December 20 To January 4 (Source: Diario Extra) - Summary: Following yesterday's Cabinet meeting, the Ministro de la Presidencia, Rodrigo Arias, announced that all central government employees, offices and agencies will be closed from Friday night, December 19, 2008, until Monday morning, January 5, 2009. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

28-Nov-2008

India

India's Bihar State Public Holiday On November 29 (Source: The Bihar Times-Patna) - Summary: The Bihar government has declared a public holiday on November 29, 2008, on the date of the cremation of former Prime Minister V.P Singh. Besides state government offices, all government and private educational institutions will remain closed on that day. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

27-Nov-2008

India

India Declares November 29 Public Holiday In Capital (Source: The Hindu-Delhi) - Summary: Lt Governor of Delhi Tejinder Khanna issued a notification declaring November 29, 2008, as a one-off public holiday in all government offices, local bodies under Delhi Government on account of assembly elections in the capital. Links: other India news and updates.

27-Nov-2008

India

India's Karnataka State Declares November 28 Public Holiday (Source: The Mangalorean-Bangalore) - Summary: Karnataka State Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, declared a one-off public holiday on Friday, November 28, 2008, for schools, colleges, government offices and banks following the death of former Prime Minister V.P. Singh. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

27-Nov-2008

Mongolia

Mongolia Considering Election Day Public Holidays (Source: The UB Post-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: Mongolia's Parliament has opened a discussion on a draft amendment to Local Election Law, proposing that future re-casting of ballots occur on a weekday that these dates be declared one-off non-working public holidays in Mongolia. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

27-Nov-2008

Botswana

Botswana Election Day Public Holiday Update (Source: Botswana Ministry of Communications) - Summary: It appears that the Electoral Amendment Bill presented to Botswana's Parliament by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration will pass, but that before then it will be amended to make the dates of elections a public holiday. Links: full story and other Botswana news and updates.

27-Nov-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Confirms Dates Of Gurban Bayramy Public Holidays (Source: Today) - Summary: The spokesman for the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers, Akif Ali, has confirmed that Monday and Tuesday, December 8 and 9, 2008, would be considered non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan due to the upcoming Gurban Bayramy (aka. Eid al-Adha) holiday. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

27-Nov-2008

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan 2008 Kurban Bayram Public Holidays Announced (Source: IWPR-Ashgabad) - Summary: The government of Turkmenistan has indirectly confirmed that the 3-day of public holidays for the upcoming Eid al Adha public holiday (known locally as Kurban Bairam) would begin on Monday, December 8, 2008. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

27-Nov-2008

Canada

Canada's PEI Province Votes Islander Day Public Holiday (Source: Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly-Charlottetown) - Summary: Canada's Province of Prince Edward Island introduced Bill 44, Islander Day Act, which will amend the Employment Standards Act to introduce an additional statutory public holiday, known as Islander Day, on the second Monday in February throughout the province. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

26-Nov-2008

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia's Statehood Day Public Holiday's Woes Continue (Source: Limun-Sarajevo) - Summary: Only 2 of the 3 members of the Bosnia-Hercegovina Presidency attended this year's Statehood Day. As per custom, Chairman Nebojsa Radmanovic, the Serb member, was absent. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

26-Nov-2008

Malaysia

Malaysia New November 25 Public Holiday Promised If PR Is Elected (Source: The Malaysian Insider) - Summary: Speaking at a rally commemorating the anniversary of November 25, 2007, last night, Penang State Deputy Chief Minister, P. Ramasamy, promised that November 25 would become a Federal public holiday in Malaysia if the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) party captured the federal government in the next elections. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

26-Nov-2008

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Announces Date Of Upcoming Kurman Ait Public Holiday (Source: CA News-Bishkek) - Summary: Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister, Igor Chudinov, announced that Kyrgyzstan would mark the Kurman Ait public holiday on Monday, December 8, 2008. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

26-Nov-2008

UAE

UAE Declares 1-Day National Day Public Holiday For Private Sector (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: According to a circular issued today by UAE Labour Minister, HE Saqr Gobash, the private sector will have a one-day public holiday on the occasion of next Tuesday's, 2nd of December, 37th national day. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

25-Nov-2008

Malaysia

Malaysia Confirms Date Of Upcoming Eid- Al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: NCS) - Summary: The Government of Malaysia has confirmed the date of the upcoming Eid Al-Adha public holiday (locally called Hara Raya Qurban) for Monday, December 8, 2008. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

24-Nov-2008

Ukraine

Ukraine's Crimean Parliament Votes To Add Muslim Eids As Public Holidays (Source: World Bulletin-Istanbul) - Summary: Deputies of Ukraine's regional Crimean Parliament have passed a bill which would amend article 73 of the Labour Code of the Ukraine making the 2 Muslim Eid festivals (Qurban Bayram and Ramadan Bayram) public holidays in the Crimea. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

24-Nov-2008

Kuwait

Kuwait Confirms Upcoming Eid Al-Adha Public Holidays Dates (Source: WAM) - Summary: The President of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) of Kuwait, Abdul Aziz Al-Zabin, announced the dates of the upcoming Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays in Kuwait. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

24-Nov-2008

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Public Sector Holiday On November 28 (Source: Prensa Asociada) - Summary: Puerto Rico's Governor, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, announced through the state human resources agency (ORHELA), that public sector workers would be on holiday, Friday, November 28, 2008, to bridge the gap between the Thanksgiving public holiday and the upcoming weekend. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

24-Nov-2008

Brazil

Brazil's President Favors November 20 Public Holiday (Source: Cidade Verde) - Summary: Last Thursday, Brazil's President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (aka. Lula), announced that he was favorable to the making of November 20 as a nationwide public holiday in Brazil. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

22-Nov-2008

Maldives

Maldives Public Holiday Following Death Of Former President Ibrahim Nasir (Source: The President's Office-Male) - Summary: Following the death, earlier today, of former President Ibrahim Nasir, the current President of the Maldives has declared a public holiday for tomorrow, Sunday, November 23, 2008, as well as 7 days of national mourning. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

21-Nov-2008

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Announces End-Of-Year Bridge Public Holidays (Source: Q + + research team in Kazakhstan) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has announced the definite official date of this year's Kurban Ait (Eid al-Adha) public holiday, and confirmed the date of the Independence Day bridge public holiday. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

21-Nov-2008

Taiwan

Taiwan 2009 Public Holidays Released (Source: Central Personnel Administration) - Summary: The Central Personnel Administration has released the official calendar of official non-working public holidays in Taiwan for the upcoming calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

21-Nov-2008

Argentina

Argentina Votes For New State Public Holiday In Buenos Aires Province (Source: ANI Noticias-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The Chamber of Deputies of Argentina has passed a law making November 20 a State public holiday in the National Capital State of Buenos Aires. The law still require Senate approval and Presidential confirmation. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

21-Nov-2008

Brazil

Brazil Considering Making November 20 A Full National Public Holiday (Source: Agência Brasil-Brasília) - Summary: A new draft bill (Projeto de Lei No. 4.437/04) is now in front of the National Assembly. This bill, if passed into law, would make November 20 (the anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares, also known as Dia Nacional da Consciência Negra) a new annual public holiday in Brazil. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

21-Nov-2008

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Barthélemy Considering October 9 Public Holiday (Source: Etats Généraux de l’Outre-Mer) - Summary: The Etats Généraux de l'Outre-Mer have formally petitioned the French government to declare October 9 as an annual public holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Saint Barthélemy. Links: full story and other Saint Barthélemy news and updates.

21-Nov-2008

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Increases Number Of End-Of-Year Bridge Public Holidays (Source: Sofia Echo-Sofia) - Summary: As we had forecast in January, earlier this week the government of Bulgaria announced an additional end-of-the-year bridge public holiday for Friday, January 2, 2009, and confirmed the bridge public holiday on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

21-Nov-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh May Postpone Elections By 10 Days (Source: The Daily Star-Dhaka) - Summary: The Bangladesh Election Commission (EC) announced that it would push back the national election by 10 days provided the BNP-led four-party alliance commits to participate in it. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

20-Nov-2008

Belize

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

20-Nov-2008

Suriname

Suriname Announces 2009 Public Holidays (Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname-Paramarimbo) - Summary: The government of Suriname has released the list of its expected public holidays dates for 2010. Links: full story and other Suriname news and updates.

20-Nov-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh's BNP Drops Insistence On May 30 and November 7 Public Holidays (Source: New Age-Dhaka) - Summary: The BNP-led alliance has informed the interim government and the Election Commission that it was dropping three out of its seven-point demands as pre-requisites to its participation in the upcoming elections. One of the dropped points was the insistence that the May 30 and November 7 public holidays be restored. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

20-Nov-2008

Philippines

Philippines Could Declare January 2 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Headline News-Manila) - Summary: Malacañang has not yet made any announcement as to the possibility of Friday, January 2, 2009, being a one-off public holiday, but local sources deem it quite likely, as it would give the Philippines 11 consecutive days of public holidays, from Thursday, December 25, 2008, to Sunday, January 4, 2009, inclusively. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

19-Nov-2008

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Changes Date Of Kurman Ait Public Holiday (Source: 24.kg News Agency-Bishkek) - Summary: The Spiritual Leadership of Kyrgyz Muslims reported yesterday that the date of the upcoming Kurman Ait non-working public holiday (aka. Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice) would be Monday, December 8, 2008, rather than December 9 as had been announced by the government since the beginning of the year. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

19-Nov-2008

UAE

UAE Confirms Eid Al-Adha Public Holiday Date (Source: UAE Interact) - Summary: According to the Islamic Crescents Monitoring Project., astronomical calculations have predicted that Saturday, November 29, 2008, will be the first day of 'Zil Hijja', which implies that the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival day will be on Monday, December 8, 2008. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

19-Nov-2008

Peru

Peru Clarifies Upcoming APEC Summit Public Holidays Status (Source: Cronica Viva-Lima) - Summary: Peru's Minister of Labour, Jorge Villasante, has clarified the status of the upcoming, November 20-22, 2008, APEC Summit public holiday; all public services will run in "Sunday-mode" on these 3 days. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

18-Nov-2008

Macedonia

Macedonia Tree Planting Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Idividi-Skopje) - Summary: The second edition of the "Tree Day - Plant Your Future" tree-planting national marathon will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 19, 2008, which will be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia to encourage participation. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

17-Nov-2008

Mozambique

Mozambique Declares November 19 Public Holiday For Municipal Elections (Source: Agencia de Informção de Moçambique-Maputo) - Summary: To encourage a high turnout in next Wednesday's municipal elections, the government has declared Wednesday, November 19, 2008, as a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Mozambique news and updates.

17-Nov-2008

Oman

Oman Confirms Moved Dates For National Day Public Holiday (Source: Khaleej Times-Muscat) - Summary: The government of Oman has announced a two-day public holiday to mark Oman's 38th National Day. The public sector holidays will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 25 and 26, 2008, while the private sector holidays will be on Wednesday and Thursday, November 26 and 27, 2008. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

16-Nov-2008

Israel

Israel To Consider Abolishing Election Day Public Holiday (Source: The Jerusalem Post-Jerusalem) - Summary: The Speaker of the Knesset (Israel's Parliament), Dalia Itzik, intends to soon convene a special session of the Knesset to pass legislation cancelling the public holiday on election day. Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.

16-Nov-2008

Russia

Russia's Parliament Considering Review Of Early January Public Holidays (Source: Russian Duma-Moscow) - Summary: A member of the Russian State Duma Committee on Labor and Social Policy, Gregory Anikeev, has proposed amending the 2004 law on public holidays in Russia to move 2 days of public holidays from January to the month of May. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

16-Nov-2008

Brazil

Brazil's November 20 A Public Holiday In Over 700 Cities (Source: O Globo-São Paulo) - Summary: According to the presidential agency SEPPIR (Secretaria Especial de Políticas de Promoção da Igualdade Racial) the November 20, Dia Nacional da Consciência Negra, holiday will be observed as a public holiday in over 700 cities throughout Brazil. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

16-Nov-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan Could Anticipate Date Of Eid al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: It has been announced that the next meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for sighting of the moon will be held on Friday night, November 28, 2008, to determine the sighting of the moon of Zilhajj 1429, and hence the date of the Eid al-Adha (Eid uz Zuha) public holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

15-Nov-2008

Brazil

Brazil Quasi-Nationwide Bank Holiday On November 20 (Source: Portal Terra-São Paulo) - Summary: Brazil's federation of banks (Federação Brasileira de Bancos, aka. Febraban) has announced that banks in 303 of the main cities of Brazil would observe the upcoming Dia Nacional da Consciência Negra holiday on Thursday, November 20, 2008. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

14-Nov-2008

Monaco

Monaco 2009 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 2009. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

13-Nov-2008

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Declares December 6 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: NCS) - Summary: Saudi Arabia's deputy minister for labor affairs, announced yesterday that Saturday, December 6, 2008, would be a one-off public holiday, bridging the one-day gap between the Friday weekly day off and the previously announced Eid al Adha public holidays from December 7 to December 13, 2008. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

13-Nov-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares Public Holiday For Anniversary Of Benazir Bhutto's Death (Source: Associated Press of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), through Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, has announced that Saturday, December 27, 2008, would be observed as a one-off nationwide public holiday to pay homage to former prime minister Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on the first anniversary of her death. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

12-Nov-2008

South Africa

South African 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: SA Dept. of Education) - Summary: In its Gazette 31590, Government Notice 1203, of November 10, 2008, the Department of Education of South Africa has announced the dates of the special one-off bridge holidays for schools, for 2010. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

12-Nov-2008

Brazil

Brazil 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Correio do Estado) - Summary: The Federal Government of Brazil, through its Ministério do Planejamento, announced the official list of 2009 public holidays in Brazil. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

11-Nov-2008

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Confirms End-Of-The-Year Bridge Public Holidays (Source: Sofia Echo-Sofia) - Summary: The Government of Bulgaria confirmed that Wednesday, December 31, 2008, would be a one-off public holiday, in addition to the legally mandated holidays from December 24-28 and January 1st. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

11-Nov-2008

Peru

Peru Bill Would Make October 31 A Public Holiday (Source: Peru21-Lima) - Summary: A bill has been introduced in Peru's Parliament which would make October 31, Reformation Day, a new paid public holiday (con carácter de feriado no laborable) for Evangelicals and Protestants (about 12% of the Peruvian population). Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

11-Nov-2008

India

India Declares Half-Day Public Holiday In Punjab (Source: The Punjab Newspaper-Chandigarh) - Summary: Earlier today, the Punjab Government declared an afternoon public holiday, for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12, 2008, to enable its employees to participate in Nagar Kirtan on the eve of Birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

10-Nov-2008

France

France's May 8 Public Holiday Back To The Fore (Source: AFP-Paris) - Summary: It has been reported that, following the lead of Luxembourg's Prime Minister, France's European Affairs Secrétaire d'Etat, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, is about to propose that the May 8 public holiday commemorating the end of World War II be replaced by May 9, the Day of Europe. Links: full story and other France news and updates.

10-Nov-2008

Iraq

Iraq Sets Date For Provincial Polls (Source: BBC News) - Summary: Qazim Abudi, administrative director of the Iraq High Electoral Committee, announced that the long delayed provincial elections would be held on the same day, Saturday, January 31, 2009, in Baghdad and 14 or Iraq's 18 provinces. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

9-Nov-2008

Chile

Chile Reported As Considering Canceling Catholic Public Holidays (Source: El Mercurio-Santiago) - Summary: A recent article in The Economist quotes sources in the Government of Chile as saying that it was considering removing some catholic public holidays related to the Virgin Mary, such as July 16, August 15, and December 8. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

8-Nov-2008

American Samoa

American Samoa Declares November 12 Public Holiday (Source: Office Of The Governor Press Release-Utulei) - Summary: Earlier today, American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, issued the "2007 Veterans Day Proclamation" making Monday, November 12, 2007, an official public holiday throughout the Territory. Links: other American Samoa news and updates.

7-Nov-2008

Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands Get New Constitution (Source: BBC News) - Summary: A new constitution, which will come into force on January 1, 2009, has been agreed for the Falkland Islands. Links: full story and other Falkland Islands news and updates.

7-Nov-2008

Iran

Iranian Public Holidays Review (Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran-Tehran) - Summary: A new initiative is afoot in the Iranian Majlis presidium to reduce the number of annual non-working public holidays in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

6-Nov-2008

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Tinkers With Upcoming Public Holidays Again (Source: El Nuevo Diario-Managua) - Summary: In what is the third modification this week, the Ministry of Labour of Nicaragua (MITRAB) has announced that it was rescinding ordinances JCHG-013-11-08 and JCHG-012-11-08, relative to the public holidays for the upcoming municipal elections. Friday, November 7, 2008, will be a public holiday for civil servants only, while Monday, November 10, 2008, will remain a full paid public holiday for all. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

6-Nov-2008

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Secretaria de Estado de Trabajo-SET) - Summary: The Secretary of State for Labour of the Dominican Republic has released its official listing of public holidays for the year 2009. The dates announced are in line with our long-tern forecasts. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

6-Nov-2008

Argentina

Argentina Proposal For 5-Day Indigenous New Year Public Holidays (Source: Imprenta del Congreso de la Nación-Buenos Aires) - Summary: A new proposed law (6236-D-2008), currently in front of the Senate of Argentina, would make the 5-day indigenous new year (June 20-24) an annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

6-Nov-2008

Ghana

Ghana Clarifies 2008 Farmers' Day Public Holiday Status (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: The Ministry of the Interior of Ghana has issued a statement confirming that Friday, November 7, 2008, the date when, exceptionally, this year's Farmers' Day will be observed, is not a public holiday. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

5-Nov-2008

Thailand

Thailand Declares December 15-18 Public Holidays For ASEAN Summit (Source: The Straits Times-Singapore) - Summary: The government of Thailand has declared public holidays for the region of Chiang Mai from Monday to Thursday, December 15-18, 2008, to facilitate traffic and security measures during the upcoming ASEAN summit. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

5-Nov-2008

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Changes Status Of Upcoming Public Holidays (Source: La Prensa-Edición Digital) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour of Nicaragua (MITRAB) released ordinance JCHG-013-11-08 which modifies ordinance JCHG-012-11-08 with respect to the status of the upcoming November 7-8 municipal elections public holidays. The change affects payment due to employees on that day, but does not change the status of these days as nationwide public holidays. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

5-Nov-2008

Kenya

Kenya Declares November 6 Public Holiday To Celebrate Barack Obama's Election (Source: Associated Press-Kogelo, Kenya) - Summary: The President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, has declared Thursday, November 6, 2008, as a one-off public holiday in Kenya to "celebrate the historic achievement by Senator Obama and our country". Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

5-Nov-2008

South Sudan

Southern Sudan Declares Obama Public Holiday (Source: Al-Sahafah-Khartoum) - Summary: First vice-President of the republic and president of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has declared Thursday, November 6, 2008, as a one-off public holiday in celebration of the election of Barak Obama. Links: other South Sudan news and updates.

4-Nov-2008

Zambia

Zambia Declares November 6 National Day Of Mourning (Source: Zambia Daily Mail-Lusaka) - Summary: The Government of Zambia has declared Thursday, November 6, 2008, a day of national mourning in honour of the late former Prime Minister Elijah Mudenda, who died last Sunday. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

4-Nov-2008

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares 3 Days Of Public Holidays For Municipal Elections (Source: La Gaceta, Diario Oficial-MITRAB) - Summary: At the request of the Electoral Commission of Nicaragua, the Labor Minister of Nicaragua, Jeannette Chávez Gómez, issued the ministerial decision JCHG-012-11-08 declaring 3 days of public holidays for the upcoming municipal elections. These 3 days of paid nationwide public holidays (asueto con goce de salario, a nivel nacional) will be Friday, Saturday and Monday, November, 7-8-10, 2008. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

4-Nov-2008

Argentina

Argentina's November Bank Holiday Nationwide This Year (Source: Clarín-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Earlier today, Argentina's Association of Banks (Asociación Bancaria) has announced the extension of the usual, November 6, Día del Trabajador Bancario bank holiday to the entire country (usually it is limited to Argentine's capital, Buenos Aires). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

4-Nov-2008

Bhutan

Bhutan Officially Confirms Week-Long Coronation Public Holidays (Source: Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimpu) - Summary: The government of Bhutan has finally confirmed that the period from Thursday, November 6, to Wednesday, November 12, 2008, will be public holidays on the occasion of the coronation of the Fifth Druk Gyalpo and Centenary Celebrations. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

3-Nov-2008

Palau

Palau Declares Election Day Public Holiday (Source: Palau National Communications Corporation-Koror) - Summary: Earlier today, Palau's President Tommy Remengesau issued a proclamation making Tuesday, November 4, 2008, the day of the upcoming Presidential Election, a nationwide public holiday. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.

3-Nov-2008

Australia

Australia's ACT Reconsidering Melbourne Cup Public Holiday For 2009 (Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation-ABC) - Summary: Following widespread complaints from the restaurant and business communities, Australia Capital Territory's Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, has said that his government was committed to the Melbourne Cup public holiday (locally called Family and Community Day) but that, while the public holiday should remain, its date will be reconsidered. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

2-Nov-2008

Guam

Guam Confirms Public Sector Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Pacific Daily News) - Summary: The Government of Guam (aka. GovGuam) has confirmed that Guam's public sector employees will have a day in lieu public holiday tomorrow, Monday, November 3, 2008. Links: full story and other Guam news and updates.


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