Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates December 2008


 
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This monthly recap of December 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-Dec-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of the Interior-Islamabad) - Summary: Pakistan's Ministry of the Interior has released Circular No.2/9/2008 setting forth the "Public and Optional Holidays for the Year 2009". Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

30-Dec-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Declares Three January Public Holidays (Source: The Daily Independent-Dhaka) - Summary: The government of Bangladesh has announced that the upcoming Ashura public holiday would be observed on Thursday, January 8, 2009. In addition, it declared January 1st, 2009 (Western New Year), a public holiday for Christian civil servants, and January 31st, 2009 (Saraswati Puja), a public holiday for Hindu civil servants. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

29-Dec-2008

Nauru

Nauru 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Government of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The Government of Nauru has released its annual list of non-working public holidays in Nauru for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

29-Dec-2008

Algeria

Algerian Public Holiday January 1 (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian public sector ministry (Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique) has announced that Thursday, January 1, 2009, had been declared a paid non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée) on account of the upcoming Western New Year. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

29-Dec-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Could Declare March 18 Public Holiday (Source: RFE + RL-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's parliament voted 100 to 7 to hold a referendum, on March 18, 2009, on constitutional changes which would remove a two-term limit on the presidency of Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

29-Dec-2008

Mozambique

Mozambique Declares Year-End 2008 Public Holidays (Source: Agencia de Informção de Moçambique-Maputo) - Summary: Mozambique's Ministry of Labor (MITRAB) has declared a half-day public sector holiday on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 31, 2008, and the entire day of Friday, January 2, 2009. Links: full story and other Mozambique news and updates.

28-Dec-2008

Iraq

Iraq Announces Islamic New Year Public Holiday (Source: Aswat al Iraq-Baghdad) - Summary: The Iraqi Cabinet has announced that Monday, December 29, 2008, would be an official non-working public holiday for all government departments and across Iraq, on the occasion of Islamic New Year 1430 AH. Links: other Iraq news and updates.

28-Dec-2008

Nigeria

Nigeria Under Pressure To Declare Muharram Public Holiday (Source: The Tide-Abuja) - Summary: The government of Nigeria has been petitioned by a series of Muslim organizations to make the 1st day of Muharram, Islamic New Year, an official federal public holiday in Nigeria. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

26-Dec-2008

Niger

Niger Announces December 29 Public Holiday (Source: Le Sahel-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that the upcoming Islamic New Year public holiday would be observed on Monday, December 29, 2008. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

25-Dec-2008

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Declares January 2 Public Holiday (Source: Information Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan-Jahon) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has signed the Resolution "On shifting day-off from Sunday, January 4, 2009 onto Friday January 2, 2009", which declares Friday, January 2, 2009, as a bridge public holiday. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

25-Dec-2008

Bahrain

Bahrain Announces Hijri New Year 1430 Public Holiday Date (Source: Bahrain News Agency-Manama) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa, has issued a circular indicating that the dates of the upcoming Hijri New Year 1430 public holiday would be Monday, December 29, 2008. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

25-Dec-2008

Guinea

Guinea Announces State Funeral Public Holiday (Source: Reuters-Conakry) - Summary: Guinea's appointed president, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, has announced that Friday, December 26, 2008, the day of the State Funeral of former President, Lansana Conte, would be a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

24-Dec-2008

Guinea

Guinea State Funeral On December 26 (Source: AFP-Conakry) - Summary: Guinea will hold a State Funeral on Friday, December 26, 2008, for its former President, Lansana Conte, who died earlier this week, after 24 years in power. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

24-Dec-2008

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Herald-Harare) - Summary: President Mugabe has gazetted the official list of 2009 public holidays in Zimbabwe. Links: full story and other Zimbabwe news and updates.

24-Dec-2008

Philippines

Philippines Extends Year-End Public Holidays To January 2nd (Source: GMANews-Manila) - Summary: Late last night, Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, finally announced, through Proclamation 1695, that she had declared Friday, January 2, 2009, as a one-off bridge public holiday for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

24-Dec-2008

Iraq

Iraq Declares December 25 Public Holiday (Source:  Iraqi Cabinet Statement) - Summary: The Government of Iraq announced that Thursday, December 25, 2008, would be a public holiday to coincide with Christmas Day. Whether this is a one-off holiday, or will be recurring in the future was not clear from the press release. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

23-Dec-2008

Bhutan

Bhutanese 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Bhutan-Thimpu) - Summary: The Government of Bhutan has released its official list of public holidays for the year 2009. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

23-Dec-2008

Panama

Panama Announces 2009 Regional Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio de Gobierno y Justicia-Panama City) - Summary: Panama's Ministerio de Gobierno y Justicia has released the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Panama for 2009 (Por el cual se declaran feriados los días del Santo Patrono y de la Fundación de varias poblaciones de la República de Panamá, durante el año 2009). Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

23-Dec-2008

Lesotho

Lesotho Election Days Could Become Public Holidays (Source: Lesotho News Agency-Maseru) - Summary: Lesotho's Deputy Director of Elections, Mphasa Mokhochane, responsible for the current review of the National Assembly Electoral Law 2006 is quoted as saying that among the sections to be included in the amendment is a provision that election days be declared national public holidays. Links: full story and other Lesotho news and updates.

23-Dec-2008

Paraguay

Paraguay Declares 2 Additional Bank Holidays (Source: La Nación-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's banking association, the Asociación de Bancos del Paraguay (ABP), has announced that, in addition to the usual December 31 bank holiday closing, this year banks in Paraguay would close at noon on both Wednesday December 24, and Tuesday December 30, 2008 Links: other Paraguay news and updates.

23-Dec-2008

Romania

Romania 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: The Government of Romania has released the official list of 2009 non-working public holidays in Romania (zile libere si sarbatorile oficiale). Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

23-Dec-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan Announces December 26 Optional Public Holiday (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: Pakistan's Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, has announced an optional public holiday on Friday, December 26, 2008, for Christian government servants. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

22-Dec-2008

Oman

Oman Declares 3-Day Islamic New Year Public Holidays (Source: Gulf News-Muscat) - Summary: Sayyid Ali Bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, Oman's Minister of the Diwan of the Royal Court, announced that the public sector would get 3 days of public holidays, Monday to Wednesday, December 29-31, 2008, on the occasion of the upcoming Hijri new year 1430, and the GCC summit. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

22-Dec-2008

Jordan

Jordan Announces Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Petra News Agency-Amman) - Summary: Two recent communiqués issued by Prime Minister Nader Dahabi have confirmed the dates and occurrence of the 3 public holidays that will occur at the end of December 2008 and the beginning of January 2009. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

22-Dec-2008

Niue

Niue 2008 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: Niue Government-Alofi) - Summary: The Government of Niue has announced the list of upcoming non-working public holidays in Niue for the end of December 2008 and early January 2009. Links: full story and other Niue news and updates.

22-Dec-2008

Philippines

Philippines Still Not Sure About January 2 Public Holiday (Source: GMA News-Manila) - Summary: Earlier today, Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (aka. PGMA) has announced that she is still undecided as to whether or not to declare Friday, January 2, 2009 as a special non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

22-Dec-2008

UAE

UAE Moves Date Of Upcoming Islamic New Year Public Holiday (Source: WAM Emirates News Agency-Abu Dhabi) - Summary: In a surprise move, earlier this morning, the UAE has moved the date of the Muharram 1st, 1430 H (Islamic New Year) public holiday from Monday, December 29, to Sunday, December 28, 2008, presumably to create a long weekend, as weekends for civil servants are Fridays and Saturdays. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

22-Dec-2008

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka December 26 Financial Public Holiday (Source: Colombo Stock Exchange-Colombo) - Summary: The Colombo Stock Exchange has announced that Friday, December 26, 2008, had been declared as a special one-off stock exchange holiday in Sri Lanka. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

21-Dec-2008

Uganda

Uganda Declares Public Holiday For Ateker Ejalu Funeral (Source: Sunday Monitor-Kampala) - Summary: Following the death of former minister John Ateker Ejalu, local leaders from Teso have directed local councils across the region to declare Tuesday, December 23, 2008, when he will be buried, a public holiday because of his contribution towards the liberation of the poor in Uganda and Teso in particular. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

20-Dec-2008

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Changes Date Of EU Tax Case Victory Public Holiday (Source: Government of Gibraltar) - Summary: Gibraltar's Chief Minister Peter Caruana, announced that the one-off public holiday to celebrate Gibraltar's victory against the EU in a tax case dating from 2002, would be celebrated on Monday, January 12, 2009. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

20-Dec-2008

Ukraine

Ukraine Announces January Bank And Public Holidays (Source: National Bank of Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: Ukraine's central bank, the National Bank of the Ukraine (NBU), has announced a bank holiday from January 1-3, 2009. During that period, all commercial banks in the Ukraine will be closed. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

20-Dec-2008

Ecuador

Ecuador Denies Bank Holidays Rumours (Source: Confirmado.net-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa, called a press conference last night to deny the recent rumours of upcoming extended bank holidays (feriado bancario) and de-pegging of the local currency from the US dollar. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

20-Dec-2008

Malta

Malta 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Department of Information-Government of Malta) - Summary: Malta's Department of Information has published its official list of public holidays for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Election Day Public Holiday Is Confirmed (Source: UNB News Agency-Dhaka) - Summary: We have received reports that the date of Bangladesh' upcoming ninth parliamentary elections, December 29, 2008, has been confirmed as a public holiday "to enable all to cast their vote amid a holiday mood". Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Honduras

Honduras Declares Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: La Prensa-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' Secretary of Justice and the Public Service (Secretaría de Gobernación y Justicia) issued Resolution 126 which gives non-working public sector holidays to public servants on the days of December 24, 26, 31 and January 2, 2009. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Year-End Financial Holidays (Source: Bulgaria Morning Update-Sofia) - Summary: The Bulgaria Stock Exchange (BSE) has announced that it will be on holidays from Wednesday, December 24, 2008, until Sunday, January 4, 2009, inclusively. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Malta

Malta Declares Year End Bank Holidays (Source: The Independent-Valletta) - Summary: Friday, December 26, 2008, and Friday, January 2, 2009, have been declared one-off bank holidays in Malta. As such, Malta's commercial banks will be closed on these 2 days. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Declares January 1-7 Public Holidays (Source: AKI Press-Bishkek) - Summary: Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister, Igor Chudinov, has signed an executive order declaring the period from January 1 to January 7, 2009, as non-working nationwide public holidays in Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Israel

Israel General Elections On February 10 (Source: Haaretz-Jerusalem) - Summary: The date of the upcoming general elections in Israel have been set for Tuesday, February 10, 2009. As per the current legislation, all general elections are public holidays in Israel. Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Belarus

Belarus 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Belarusbank-Minsk) - Summary: The government of Belarus has released the list of official public holidays in Belarus for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

19-Dec-2008

Cape Verde

Cape Verde 2008-2009 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Boletim Oficial-República de Cabo Verde) - Summary: The government of Cape Verde has declared one off public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto) on Wednesday, December 24, 2008, and Friday, January 2, 2009. Links: full story and other Cape Verde news and updates.

18-Dec-2008

Argentina

Argentina Passes Public Holidays Law Reform (Source: Telam-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Late last night, in a marathon last session, Argentina's Senate approved a law project that makes changes to the observance and name of many public holidays. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

18-Dec-2008

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Declares January 5 Public Holiday For EU Tax Case Victory (Source: gibfocus-Gibraltar) - Summary: Earlier today, Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Peter Caruana, announced that he was declaring Monday, January 5, 2009, to be a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Gibraltar news and updates.

17-Dec-2008

Pakistan

Pakistan's Sindh Declares New Annual Public Holiday (Source: Daily Times-Karachi) - Summary: The Cabinet of Pakistan's Province of Sindh has decided to declare December 27 a public holiday in the province to mark the anniversary of the death of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairwoman Benazir Bhutto. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

17-Dec-2008

Guam

Guam Declares December 26 Public Sector Holiday (Source: Pacific Daily News-Chamorro) - Summary: Guam's Governor, Felix Camacho, has announced that Friday, December 26, 2008, the day after Christmas, will be a government of Guam holiday (aka. GovGuam Holiday). Links: other Guam news and updates.

16-Dec-2008

Iraq

Iraq Declares Public Sector Holiday In Shiite Province Of Diwaniyah (Source: Diwaniyah News) - Summary: The provincial council of Iraq's Diwaniyah province has declared that Wednesday, December 17, 2008, would be a public holiday for all for all official and semi-official government departments, on the occasion of the Eid Ghadir. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

16-Dec-2008

Philippines

Philippines Considering January 2 Public Holiday (Source: The Sun Star-Manila) - Summary: Earlier today, Executive Secretary, Eduardo Ermita, said that he would consult with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to determine if Friday, January 2, 2009, should be declared a public holiday in the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

16-Dec-2008

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Announces Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Primera Hora-Guaynabo) - Summary: Puerto Rico's Governor, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, has declared 4 additional days of public sector holidays for the end of this year. These 4 additional public sector holidays are: December 24, 26 and 31, as well as January 2. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

16-Dec-2008

Australia

Australia Row Over 2009 ANZAC Day Public Holiday (Source: The Brisbane Times-Brisbane) - Summary: After yesterday's final confirmation of 2009 public holidays' dates in Australia's State of Queensland, Workers' Unions are demanding that a day in lieu public holiday be declared on Monday, April 27, 2009, to compensate the fact that ANZAC day falls on a Saturday, in 2009. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

15-Dec-2008

Lithuania

Lithuania Considering Abolishing Day In Lieu Public Holidays (Source: The Baltic Course-Vilnius) - Summary: The government of Lithuania has announced that as part of its plans to fend off the current economic crisis, it was planning to abolish the system of declaring an additional, day in lieu, public holiday on the Monday following any public holiday occurring on a weekend. Links: full story and other Lithuania news and updates.

15-Dec-2008

USA

USA Federal Public Sector Holiday December 26 (Source: The White House-Washington DC) - Summary: US President, George W. Bush, released an Executive Order, dated December 12, indicating that "All executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, December 26, 2008, the day after Christmas Day". Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

15-Dec-2008

Guyana

Guyana Postpones Elections (Source: Starcom Network News-Georgetown) - Summary: Guyana's Local government minister, Kellawan Lall, has announced that the upcoming municipal elections, the first since 1994, had been postponed until the end of 2009. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.

15-Dec-2008

Jordan

Jordanian 2009 Bank and Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Central Bank of Jordan-Amman) - Summary: The Central Bank of Jordan has announced the annual list of religious and national non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Jordan for the upcoming calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

15-Dec-2008

Peru

Peru 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano) - Summary: Peru's Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros (PCM) has issued the decree DS Nº 082-2008-PCM fixing the list of 2009 adjoining and bridge public holidays to be taken by the Peruvian civil service. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

15-Dec-2008

Tuvalu

Tuvalu Public Holidays Legislation Amended (Source: Government of Tuvalu-Funafuti) - Summary: The government of Tuvalu has released the "2008 Revised Edition of the Public Holidays Act" (CAP. 22.10) which legislates the annual official list of non-working public holidays in Tuvalu. Links: full story and other Tuvalu news and updates.

14-Dec-2008

Panama

Panama Declares December 26 and January 2 Public Sector Holidays (Source: La Estrella-Panama City) - Summary: Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, declared 2 one-off, year-end bridge public holidays for the public sector, on Friday, December 26, 2008, and on Friday, January 2, 2009. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

14-Dec-2008

Zambia

Zambia Day Of National Mourning On December 16 (Source: The Lusaka Times-Lusaka) - Summary: Zambia's President, Rupiah Banda, has declared a state funeral for former Minister of Finance Emmanuel Kasonde, and that the day of the funeral, Tuesday, December 16, 2008, had been declared a day of national mourning. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

14-Dec-2008

Albania

Albanian 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bank of Albania-Tirana) - Summary: The government of Albania has announced the list of Albanian official public holidays in the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Albania news and updates.

14-Dec-2008

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: APA-Baku) - Summary: Late on Friday, Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers issued a decree on "Non-working days on the occasion of Novruz, Ramadan and Gurban holidays in Azerbaijan Republic in 2009", which sets forth the 2009 dates for the upcoming Novruz and 2 Muslim Eid public holidays. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

14-Dec-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh's BNP Party Would Restore May 30 and November 7 Public Holidays (Source: The Daily Star-Dhaka) - Summary: Former prime minister and BNP Chairperson, Khaleda Zia, said that if the BNP wins the upcoming December 29 election, it would restore the May 30 and November 7 public holidays, to commemorate "the anniversary of the death of founding president Ziaur Rahman" and "'National Revolution and Solidarity Day", respectively. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

13-Dec-2008

Swaziland

Swaziland Announces Incwala Public Holiday Date (Source: Swazi Observer-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Principal Secretary of Home Affairs, Meshack Shongwe, announced last night that the upcoming Incwala (aka. First Fruits) public holiday would be observed on Monday, December 15, 2008. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

12-Dec-2008

Cyprus

Cyprus Declares December 15 Public Holiday (Source: AFP-Nicosia) - Summary: Cyprus' President, Demetris Christofias, has declared a one-off public holiday, on Monday, December 15, 2008, to coincide with the funeral of the ex-President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, who earlier today. Links: full story and other Cyprus news and updates.

12-Dec-2008

Niger

Niger Announces December 18 Public Holiday (Source: Le Sahel-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's ministre de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that Thursday, December 18, 2008, would be a nationwide public holiday in Niger. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

12-Dec-2008

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Independence Day Public Holiday Not Bridged (Source: Astana.kz) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has announced that it would not exchange any working days to link the December 16-17 Independence Day public holidays to the December 13-14 weekend. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

12-Dec-2008

Uruguay

Uruguay Year-End Public Holidays Update (Source: El País-Montevideo) - Summary: Uruguay's Vice-President, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, has clarified the government's position on the upcoming December 26 and January 2 días sandwich. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

12-Dec-2008

Thailand

Thailand Declares Extended Year-End Bank Holidays (Source: MCOT-Bangkok) - Summary: Thailand's Central Bank, the Bank of Thailand (BoT), announced a 5-day consecutive period of bank holidays, from Monday, December 29, 2008, through Friday, January 2, 2009, with the caretaker government's approval. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

11-Dec-2008

Armenia

Armenia Declares January 5th Public Holiday (Source: ArmInfo News Agency-Yerevan) - Summary: Armenian Prime Minister, Tigran Sargsian, has asked the cabinet to declare Orthodox Christmas Eve, Monday, January 5th, 2009, as a one-off bridge public holiday between the weekend and the January 6th, annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

10-Dec-2008

Iraq

Iraq To Consider US-Iraq Security Agreement Anniversary Public Holiday (Source: Alsumaria TV Network-Baghdad) - Summary: Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, has called for making the anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Iraq security agreement an annual public holiday in Iraq. Links: other Iraq news and updates.

10-Dec-2008

Moldova

Moldova Announces 11-Day Public Holidays In January (Source: Info-Prim-Chisinau) - Summary: The Government of Moldova has approved the declaration of 4 days, January 2, 5, 6 and 9, 2009, as one-off public holidays. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

10-Dec-2008

Argentina

Argentina Declares Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Puntal-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's Minister of the Interior, Florencio Randazzo, announced that President Cristina Fernández had signed decree 2095 declaring Friday, December 26, 2008, and Friday, January 2, 2009, as one-off non-working bridge public holidays for the public sector (asueto administrativo para los empleados estatales). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

10-Dec-2008

Chile

Chile Humour Campaign For January 2 Public Holiday (Source: Cuarta Cibernetica-Santiago) - Summary: A group of Chilean creative ad agencies has banded together and created a movement asking the government to declare Friday, January 2, 2009, a bridge public holiday between January 1st and the weekend. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

10-Dec-2008

China

China 2009 Public Holidays Schedule Announced (Source: State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: The State Council of China has released the official list of 2009 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and spring and fall Golden Weeks. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

10-Dec-2008

Uruguay

Uruguay Considering 2 Year-End Bridge Public Holidays (Source: Montevideo COMM) - Summary: Uruguay's Tourism Minister, Héctor Lescano, is quoted as saying that it is quite likely (muy probable) that the government will soon declare 2 end-of-the-year bridge public holidays (aka. días sandwich), on Friday, December 26, 2008, and Friday, January 2, 2009. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

10-Dec-2008

Ukraine

Ukraine Announces 2009 Public Holidays (Source: National News Agency of Ukraine-Kyiv) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has passed a resolution specifying the official list of 2009 public holidays. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

9-Dec-2008

Thailand

Thailand Declares January 2 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: MCOT-Bangkok) - Summary: Earlier today, Deputy Spokeswoman, Wirinthira Nathongborcharas, announced that Thailand's caretaker Cabinet had declared Friday, January 2, 2009, as a one-off bridge public holiday. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

9-Dec-2008

South Korea

South Korea's Parliament Considering Day In Lieu Public Holidays (Source: The Korea Times-Seoul) - Summary: Fifteen lawmakers from South Korea's governing Grand National Party (GNP) have signed up for a bill authored by Representative Yoon Sang-Hyun, which would make the Monday following a Sunday public holiday also a public holiday. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

9-Dec-2008

Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands Release 2009 Public Holidays List (Source: St. Croix Source-St. Croix) - Summary: The government of the US Virgin Islands has released its official list of public holidays for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Virgin Islands, U.S. news and updates.

8-Dec-2008

India

India's Chandigarh Announces Official List Of 2009 Public Holidays (Source: Chandigarh Administration-Mera Chandigarh) - Summary: The Chandigarh Administration has issued the schedule of holidays which will be observed as public holidays and restricted holidays in all Government Offices under the Chandigarh Administration, during the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

7-Dec-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Eid al-Adha Public Holiday To Culminate On December 9 (Source: The New Nation-Dhaka) - Summary: Following information received by leading Muslim scholars, Bangladesh's President, Iajuddin Ahmed, announced that the Eid-ul-Azha (Feast of Sacrifice) festival would occur on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, the middle day of the previously announced 3-day public holiday. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

7-Dec-2008

Philippines

Philippines January 2 Bridge Public Holiday Getting More Likely (Source: Sun Star-Manila) - Summary: The Philippines' Commission on Elections (Comelec) has indicated that it expected Friday, January 2, 2009, to be declared a bridge public holiday in the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

7-Dec-2008

Monaco

Monaco 2009 Public Sector Holidays (Source: Journal de l'administration de la Principauté de Monaco-JDA) - Summary: Monaco's public service administration has published its annual list of additional non-working public sector holidays (liste des jours chômés et payés dans l'Administration) in Monaco for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

7-Dec-2008

South Sudan

Sudan GoSS Announces 8-Days Of Public Holidays (Source: Sudan Tribune-Juba) - Summary: Sudan's GOSS ministry of Labour, Public Services and Human Resources Development, has declared eight days of regional public holidays, from December 5 to December 12, 2008. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

6-Dec-2008

Sénégal

Senegal Confirms 1-Day Only Public Sector Eid al-Adha Holiday (Source: Le Soleil-Dakar) - Summary: Senegal's Minister of Labor has issued a communique announcing that the public sector would only get 1 day for the upcoming Eid al-Adha (or locally called Tabaski) public holiday, and that December 8 and 10, 2008, would be regular working days throughout Sénégal. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

6-Dec-2008

Lebanon

Lebanon Extends Eid al-Adha Public Holiday To 3 Days (Source: Ya Libnan-Beirut) - Summary: Yesterday afternoon, Lebanon's Prime Minister's office issued a memorandum declaring a three-day public holiday for Eid al-Adha, from Monday, December 8, until Wednesday, December 10, 2008, instead of the usual 2-day public holiday. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

6-Dec-2008

Uganda

Uganda Announces Early Eid al-Adha Public Holiday Date (Source: New Vision-Kampala) - Summary: Uganda's President, Yoweri Museveni, confirmed that tomorrow, Sunday, December 7, 2008, would be the date of the observance of the Idd Adhuha (Feast of Sacrifice) public holiday in Uganda. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

5-Dec-2008

Niger

Niger Announces December 8-9 Public Holidays (Source: Le Sahel-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that the upcoming Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays would be observed on Monday and Tuesday, December 8 and 9, 2008. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

5-Dec-2008

Oman

Oman Announces Eid Al Adha Public Holidays Dates (Source: Times of Oman-Muscat) - Summary: In 2 separate announcements, Oman has announced the dates of the upcoming Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays for the public sector and for the private sector. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

5-Dec-2008

Spain

Spain Bank And Financial Holidays On December 24 And 31 (Source: Iberclear) - Summary: All Spanish stock exchanges will be closed on December 24 and 31, 2008. As such, there will be no trading on December 24 and 31, 2008. Settlement of against payment trades in equities will not be possible on these dates. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

5-Dec-2008

Taiwan

Taiwan Could Generalize Bridge Public Holidays (Source: The China Post-Taipei) - Summary: Comments attributed to Taiwan's Premier, Liu Chao-Shiuan, would seem to indicate a new official policy of Friday bridge public holidays that would extend beyond the upcoming January 2 bridge public holiday. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

5-Dec-2008

Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2008-2009 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: La Prensa-Managua) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministry of Labor (MITRAB) has announced that the public sector would be on public holidays from Wednesday, December 24, 2008, until Sunday, January 4, 2009, inclusively. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

5-Dec-2008

Indonesia

Indonesia Confirms Eid al-Adha Public Holiday Date (Source: The Jakarta Post-Jakarta) - Summary: Following a meeting of representatives from Indonesian Islamic organizations and the Religious Affairs Ministry, in Jakarta, the ministry director of Islamic affairs, Muchtar Iljas, confirmed that Muslims in Indonesia will celebrate the Islamic Day of Sacrifice, or Idul Adha, on Monday, December 8, 2008. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

5-Dec-2008

Iraq

Iraq Confirms 4-Day Eidul Adha Public Holidays Dates (Source: Iraqi Cabinet Statement) - Summary: The Iraqi cabinet has announced a four-day public holiday on the occasion of Eidul Adha (Greater Bairam), to run from Monday, December 8 until Thursday, December 11, 2008. The Iraqi Stock Exchange (ISX) has also decided to cancel all sessions coinciding with the holiday period of Eidul-Adha. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

4-Dec-2008

Kenya

Kenya's Idd-Ul-Adhha Not A Public Holiday (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: Kenya's Government Spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua, has announced that last year's declaration of a public holiday for the Idd-Ul-Adhha Muslim festival was a one-off event and that this year's Idd-Ul-Adhha would not be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

4-Dec-2008

The Gambia

Gambia Announces December 9 Eid al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: The Gambia Journal-Banjul) - Summary: The Supreme Islamic Council of the Gambia has declared that the Muslim feast of Eid-Al- Adha, otherwise known as Tobaski (or Feast of Sacrifice), will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, in The Gambia. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

4-Dec-2008

Anguilla

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

3-Dec-2008

Spain

Spain To Observe Eid al-Adha As Regional Public Holiday Starting In 2010 (Source: El País-Melilla) - Summary: The government of Spain's autonomous territory of Melilla has voted to make the Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) Muslim festival one of the autonomy's 2 public holidays that it is allowed to choose, starting in 2010. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

3-Dec-2008

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Considering April 17 Public Holiday (Source: Trinidad Express-Port of Spain) - Summary: Government Minister Mariano Browne, who is the chairman of the Cabinet's oversight sub-committee for the Fifth Summit of the Americas, would not confirm plans for an April 17, 2009, one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

3-Dec-2008

Nigeria

Nigeria Announces 2-Day Eid al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: Vanguard-Lagos) - Summary: A statement from Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Major General Godwin Abbe (retired), declared that Monday and Tuesday, December 8 and 9, 2008, would be public holidays on the occasion of the 2008 Eid el-Kabir Muslim festival. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

3-Dec-2008

Ghana

Ghana Confirms Date Of Eid al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: Ghana News-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor, confirmed that this year's Eid-ul-Adha public holiday would be observed on Monday, December 8, 2008, as had been announced earlier. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

3-Dec-2008

Thailand

Thailand Cancels ASEAN Summit And Regional Public Holidays (Source: Bangkok Post-Bangkok) - Summary: Thailand's Government spokesman, Natthawut Saikua, has announced that the cabinet had decided to cancel the December 15-18 regional public holiday in Chiang Mai has been canceled. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

2-Dec-2008

Taiwan

Taiwan Declares January 2 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Taiwan News-Taipei) - Summary: Earlier today, Taiwan's Central Personnel Administration announced that Friday, January 2, 2009, will be a one-off extra holiday to bridge the gap between January 1st and the week-end. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

2-Dec-2008

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Changes Dates Of Eid Al-Adha Public Holidays (Source: Turkmenistan.ru-Ashgabad) - Summary: Turkmenistan's President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, signed a decree setting the dates of the upcoming Kurban Bayramy (aka. Eid al-Adha) as Tuesday, December 9, to Thursday, December 11, 2008. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

2-Dec-2008

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Moves Kurban-Hait Public Holiday Date (Source: CA-News-Tashkent) - Summary: Upon the advice of the Uzbekistan Muslims Administration, Uzbekistan's President, Islam Karimov, signed a decree which declares that the upcoming Kurban-hait (aka. Feast of Sacrifice) public holiday would be held on Monday, December 8, 2008, rather than on the previously announced date of December 9. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

2-Dec-2008

Brazil

Brazil Sends November 20 Public Holiday Bill To The Senate (Source: Primeira Edição-Brasila) - Summary: Last night, Brazil's lower house of parliament's Comissão de Constituição e Justiça da Câmara dos Deputados approved bill nº 4437/ 2007 which would make November 20 a new nationwide public holiday in Brazil, called "Dia Nacional de Zumbi e da Consciência Negra" and sent it to the Senate for approval. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

1-Dec-2008

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Extended Eid al-Adha Bank And Financial Holiday (Source: The Daily Star-Dhaka) - Summary: The Dhaka Stock Exchange will be closed from December 7 to December 11, 2008, and there will be no trading, clearing and settlement activities on these dates. However, other financial institutions will only be closed on December 8 to 10, 2008. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

1-Dec-2008

UAE

UAE Announces Private Sector Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Dates (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: A statement by the Minister of Labour, HE Saqar Gobash, confirmed that the public holidays dates for the Eid al-Adha observed by the private sector in the UAE would the 3 days from Sunday, December 7, to Tuesday, December 9, 2008, inclusively. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

1-Dec-2008

Jordan

Jordan Modifies Dates Of Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (Source: The Jordan Times-Amman) - Summary: Jordan's Prime Minister, Nader Dahabi, issued a statement announcing that contrary to earlier announcements, the upcoming Eid al-Adha Public Holidays in Jordan would run from December 7 to December 11, 2008, inclusively. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

1-Dec-2008

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Confirms May 20 Referendum Public Holiday (Source: Cabinet Office-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The government of the Cayman Islands has released its official list of 2009 public holidays, which confirms that Wednesday, May 20, 2009, will be a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

1-Dec-2008

Kuwait

Kuwait Updates Eid Al-Adha Public Holidays Dates (Source: Kuwait News Agency-KUNA) - Summary: Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Faisal al-Hajji, has announced that the Cabinet had decided to declare Thursday, December 11, 2008, as a one-off additional public holiday as it is falls between the previously announced Eid Al Adha public holidays and the weekend. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

1-Dec-2008

UAE

UAE Declares December 4 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: GCC Press Agencies-Dubai) - Summary: The Federal Cabinet decided yesterday to declare Thursday, December 4, 2008, a one-off bridge public holiday for federal ministries, department and entities, thereby merging the public holidays for the UAE's 37th national day and for the Eid Al Adha Muslim festival, for the public sector. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.


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