Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates February 2009


 
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This monthly recap of February 2009 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

28-Feb-2009

Spain

Spain 2010 Public Holidays For La Murcia (Source: Murcia.com) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of La Murcia has released its calendar of official public holidays for 2010. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

27-Feb-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Extends Novruz Public Holidays To 9 Days (Source: APA-Baku) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan announced that it had decided to switch working and non-working days, so that the non-working period corresponding to the upcoming Novruz public holidays could extend from March 20 to 28, 2009, inclusively. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

27-Feb-2009

Morocco

Morocco Moves Upcoming Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: Wa Bayn-Casablanca) - Summary: Morocco's Ministry of Religious Affairs (the ministère des Habous et des Affaires islamiques) has announced that, since the new Moon's crescent had not been sighted on Wednesday, February 25 (29 Safar 1430 H), the month of Rabi I would start on Friday, February 27, meaning that the upcoming Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday would be moved to Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.

27-Feb-2009

UAE

UAE Private Sector Holiday On March 9 (Source: WAM Emirates News Agency-Dubai) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of Labour, HE Saqr Ghobash, has announced that Monday, March 9, 2009, had been declared as this year's date for the private sector public holiday marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

26-Feb-2009

Ecuador

Ecuador To Consider Additional Easter Public Holiday (Source: Confirmado.net-Quito) - Summary: The Tourism Board of the coastal regions of Ecuador has asked President Correa to extend the upcoming Easter holidays by declaring Maundy Thursday (April 9, 2009) a one-off public holiday to compensate the losses due to the impracticability of roads to the coast during the recent 4-day Carnival public holidays. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

25-Feb-2009

China

China Approves May Golden Week Public Holidays In Guangdong Province (Source: Xinhua-Guangzhou) - Summary: China's Central Government has approved a pilot plan by the provincial government of Guangdong to restore the May Golden week public holidays. This pilot project would be limited to Guangdong Province. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

25-Feb-2009

Nigeria

Nigeria Public Holiday Today In Kaduna State (Source: Daily Trust-Abjua) - Summary: Late last night, the government of Nigeria's State of Kaduna declared that Wednesday, February 25, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday throughout the State on the occasion of the closing ceremonies of the 10-day National Sports Festival (KADA Games 2009) taking place in Kaduna State this year. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

25-Feb-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan To Consider August Tree Planting Public Holiday (Source: The News-Islamabad) - Summary: Pakistan's Federal Minister for the Environment, Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, is reported to have informed the Federal Minister for Railways, Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, that his Ministry plans to plant 11 million tree saplings in a single day, next August, and that this day would likely be declared a national public holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

25-Feb-2009

UAE

UAE Public Sector Holiday On March 8 (Source: WAM Emirates News Agency-Dubai) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of Health, and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, announced that all ministries and federal departments will remain closed on Sunday, March 8, 2009, on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed's birthday anniversary. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

24-Feb-2009

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe Cancels Ash Wednesday Celebrations (Source: Europe 1-Pointe-à-Pitre) - Summary: French media report that the celebrations related to the annual Ash Wednesday public holiday in the Guadeloupe have been canceled for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Guadeloupe news and updates.

24-Feb-2009

Nepal

Nepal Declares Public Holiday For Gyallo Lhosar (Source: Republica-Kathmandu) - Summary: Late today, Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs announced that the government had declared Wednesday, February 25, 2009, as an official public holiday to mark Gyallo Lhosar. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

23-Feb-2009

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares 2-Day Funeral Public Holiday In Borno State (Source: The Guardian-Maiduguri) - Summary: The governor of Nigeria's State of Borno, Ali Sheriff, declared a two-day public holiday for Monday and Tuesday, February 23 and 24, 2009, to enable public servants and other workers condole the family of the late Shehu of Borno. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

22-Feb-2009

Mongolia

Mongolia Announces Tsagaan Sar Public Holidays Measures (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: All border checkpoints between Mongolia and China will be closed, starting on February 25, for 2 to 3 days, to coincide with the upcoming Tsagaan Sar 3-day public holidays. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

21-Feb-2009

USA

USA Bill To Declare Election Day Public Holiday (Source: Brennan Center for Justice-NYU School of Law) - Summary: An omnibus bill (the Voting Opportunity and Technology Enhancement Rights Act of 2009) tabled by Representative John Conyers Jr. and 5 co-sponsors would make Election Day a legal public holiday (as described in section 6103 of title 5, United States Code), every even-numbered year, beginning in 2010. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

21-Feb-2009

Ecuador

Ecuador Announces Carnival Public Holidays Recuperation Schedule (Source: El Nuevo Empresario-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's SENRES agency (Secretaría Nacional Técnica de Desarrollo de Recursos Humanos y Remuneraciones del Sector Público) has announced that this year's 2-day Carnival public holidays would be compensated by Saturday, February 28 and Saturday, March 7, 2009, being declared regular working days, for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

20-Feb-2009

China

China Decrees 7-Day Of Public Holidays In Tibet (Source: China Radio International-CRI) - Summary: China's government news agency has announced that from this year onward, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) would be granted 7 days of public holidays, to coincide with the Tibetan New Year (Losar). Links: full story and other China news and updates.

20-Feb-2009

Ghana

Ghana To Add Founders' Day To List Of Public Holidays (Source: The Ghanaian Journal-Accra) - Summary: Yesterday afternoon, Ghana's President, John Evans Atta Mills, announced that a Legislative Instrument will be sent to parliament to create a new, September 21, public holiday honoring Ghana's first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

19-Feb-2009

Philippines

Philippines Declares School Holiday For EDSA 1 (Source: The Philippine Star-Manila) - Summary: Earlier today, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) signed Proclamation 1728 declaring Monday, February 23, 2009, as a special holiday for all public and private schools in observance of the 23rd anniversary of the 1986 people power revolution (EDSA 1). Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

19-Feb-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Declares May 1-6 Public Holidays (Source: Sofia Echo-Sofia) - Summary: Bulgaria's Labour and Social Policy Minister, Emilia Maslarova, announced that at today's Cabinet session, it was decided to declare May 4 and May 5, 2009, as official public holidays, thus creating a 6-day public holiday stretching from May Day to St George's Day on May 6. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Thailand

Thailand Institutes Public Sector Bridge Holidays (Source: The Nation-Bangkok) - Summary: Yesterday, Thailand's Governing Cabinet instituted the principle of bridge public holidays for the public sector, whereby Tuesday or Thursday public sector holidays would be linked to the adjoining weekend by declaring the Monday or Friday a bridge public holiday. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Thailand

Thailand Declares July 6 Public Holiday (Source: National News Bureau of Thailand-Bangkok) - Summary: Thailand's deputy spokesman to the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Supparak Kuanha, has announced that the Cabinet had approved the declaration of Monday, July 6, 2009, as a one-off bridge public holiday, thus creating a 4-day public holiday. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Ecuador

Ecuador Will Not Move Carnival Public Holidays (Source: Confirmado-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's Tourism Minister, Verónica Sion, has announced that the upcoming Carnival public holidays would not be moved to a later date as had been widely suggested due to the bad road conditions between the highlands and the coastal areas of Ecuador. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Taiwan

Taiwan To Consider Cancelling 228 Public Holiday (Source: Taipei Times-Taipei) - Summary: Yesterday, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-Sheng said he planned to propose that the government cancel the February 28 public holiday (aka. 228 Memorial Day) as an official public holiday. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Labour Law Amendments To Reach Assembly By March 3 (Source: Middle East North Africa Financial Network-Dubai) - Summary: The Health, Social and Labour Affairs Committee of Kuwait's Parliament is to send a set of 25 amendments to the current labour law in the Private Sector to the National Assembly, before March 3. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Philippines

Philippines Confirms No February 25 Public Holiday (Source: Philippines Star-Manila) - Summary: Philippines Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, Lorelei Fajardo, has confirmed that the upcoming anniversary of the February 25, 1986, people power revolution, would not be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Australia

Australia April 27 NSW School Public Holiday (Source: ABC-Sydney) - Summary: Due to an error in the school calendar gazetted 5 years ago, the public schools in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) will get a day in lieu public holiday on April 27, 2009, to compensate the fact that the ANZAC Day public holiday falls on a Saturday in 2009. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

18-Feb-2009

Australia

Australia Boxing Day Day In Lieu Confirmed For NSW (Source: Australian Associated Press-Sydney) - Summary: After much prevarication, the Premier of Australia's State of New South Wales (NSW), Nathan Rees, has finally announced that the State government will gazette an additional public holiday on Monday, December 28, 2009, to compensate the fact that the Boxing Day public holiday falls on a Saturday in 2009. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

17-Feb-2009

Algeria

Algeria's Siemens Moves To Semi-Universal Weekends (Source: Magharebia-Alger) - Summary: Another large Algerian company, Siemens, has announced that it will implement the semi-universal Friday-Saturday weekend, instead of the official Algerian Thursday-Friday weekend. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

17-Feb-2009

Jersey

Jersey Declares Liberation Day Day In Lieu Public Sector Holiday (Source: BBC News-Saint Helier) - Summary: Jersey's Chief Minister Senator, Terry Le Sueur, has announced that government and public sector workers in Jersey would get a day in lieu public sector holiday on Monday, May 11, 2009, to compensate that this year's Liberation Day public holiday falls on a Saturday. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

16-Feb-2009

Venezuela

Venezuela's Sucre Declares Post-Referendum Public Holiday (Source: Informe 24-Cumaná) - Summary: During the night from Sunday to Monday, the Governor of Venezuela's Sucre State, Enrique Maestre, decreed that Monday, February 16, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday to celebrate the Referendum victory of President Hugo Chavez. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

13-Feb-2009

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Soon To Decide On April 17 Public Holiday (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Express-Port of Spain) - Summary: Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Affairs Minister, Paula Gopee-Scoon, is quoted as saying that people could look forward to a public holiday on the first day of the Fifth Summit of the Americas in April, but did note that Prime Minister Patrick Manning is still deliberating on the matter. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

13-Feb-2009

Latvia

Latvia Fails To Pass Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Bill (Source: Integration and Minority Information Service-Riga) - Summary: Yesterday, the bill declaring Orthodox and Old Believers' Christmas as public holidays in Latvia was rejected in its third reading in the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament). Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

12-Feb-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Declares March Bridge Public Holiday (Source: The Sofia Echo-Sofia) - Summary: At today's cabinet meeting, the government of Bulgaria announced a bridge public holiday for March 2, 2009. This will mean 4 consecutive days of public holidays in early March. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

11-Feb-2009

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Could Extend Nauryz Public Holidays (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Gazeta) - Summary: At the behest of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, a bill has been sent to the Majilis (Kazakhstan's Lower House of Parliament), to extend the annual non-working public holiday for Nauryz Meyramy to 3 consecutive days. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

10-Feb-2009

Lebanon

Lebanon Declares February 14 Public Holiday (Source: Ya Libnan-Beirut) - Summary: Around noon, today, Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora declared February 14, 2009, as a public holiday and ordered all public institutions and public and private teaching institutions to remain closed for the day. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

10-Feb-2009

Taiwan

Taiwan Adds Bridge Public Holiday In 2009 (Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Central Personnel Administration has released an updated list of 2009 public holidays in Taiwan. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

10-Feb-2009

Singapore

Singapore 2009 Deepavali Public Holiday Date Change (Source: Channel News Asia-Singapore) - Summary: Singapore's Manpower Ministry (MOM) has announced that it had been advised by the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) that it had revised its announced date for the 2009 Deepavali public holiday from November 15 to October 17 (the date we have always been predicting). Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

10-Feb-2009

South Africa

South Africa Will Hold National Elections On April 22 (Source: Bloomberg-NYC) - Summary: The government of South Africa has announced that the upcoming national elections (presidential and legislative) would be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

10-Feb-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Confirms National Day Public Sector Holidays (Source: Kuwait Times) - Summary: Kuwait's Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced that the upcoming national holidays celebrations would be held for four days starting February 25 (National Day) and 26 (Liberation Day) followed by Friday and Saturday which mark the weekend for the public sector. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

9-Feb-2009

Algeria

Algeria Sets Date Of Presidential Election (Source: El Moudjahid-Alger) - Summary: The date of Algeria's upcoming presidential election has been announced for April 9, 2009. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

6-Feb-2009

French Polynesia

French Polynesian 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Présidence de la Polynésie Française-Papeete) - Summary: The Presidency of French Polynesia has announced the list of official public holidays for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other French Polynesia news and updates.

5-Feb-2009

Latvia

Latvia's Parliament Moves Orthodox Public Holidays To Final Reading (Source: Baltic Course-Riga) - Summary: Today, the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament) approved in a second reading amendments to the ''Law on Holidays and Remembrance Days'' which will add Orthodox and Old Believers' Christmas (January 6 and 7) as official public holidays in Latvia. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

5-Feb-2009

South Korea

South Korea Confirms 2010 Sunday Public Holidays (Source: Chosun-Seoul) - Summary: South Korea's Astronomy and Space Science Institute confirmed the 2010 dates for the Seol-Nal (lunar New Year) and Chuseok (harvest festival) public holidays, with Seol-Nal falling on a Sunday. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

5-Feb-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Amends Labor Code (Source: Trend News-Baku) - Summary: The head of the Social Legislation Department of the Azerbaijani parliament, Mirhashim Seyidov, has announced that as part amendments to the Labor Code tabled for approval, the automatic declaration of a non-working public holiday would henceforth occur at 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Farenheit) rather than the current 45 degrees (113 degrees Farenheit). Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

5-Feb-2009

Guinea

Guinea Declares February 6 Public Holiday (Source: Kababachir-Conakry) - Summary: Guinea's Prime Minister, Kabiné Komara, has announced that Friday, February 6, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday throughout Guinea to commemorate the 40th day since the death of former President Lansana Conté, late last year. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

5-Feb-2009

Nepal

Nepal Considering 2-Day Weekends (Source: Xinhua-Kathmandu) - Summary: Earlier today, the committee formed to review public holidays recommended that Nepal change over to a five-day week. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

4-Feb-2009

Philippines

Philippines Considering Reducing Number of Public Holidays In 2009 (Source: Business Mirror-Manila) - Summary: Earlier today, Philippines' Presidential Press Secretary, Cerge Remonde, said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) is open to a proposed reduction in the number of holidays, this year, to help the business sector cope with the global crisis. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

4-Feb-2009

South Africa

South Africa Election Date To Be Announced Friday (Source: BuaNews-Johannesburg) - Summary: South Africa's President, Kgalema Motlanthe, is expected to announce the date of the upcoming elections during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in front of Parliament, this coming Friday. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

4-Feb-2009

Venezuela

Venezuela Publishes Decree For February 2 Public Holiday (Source: Semana.com-Caracas) - Summary: The decree corresponding to last Monday's impromptu public holiday was finally published as Decreto Presidencial Nº 6.609 in the Gaceta Oficial de la República Nº 39.111. Links: other Venezuela news and updates.

4-Feb-2009

Venezuela

Venezuela Regional Public Holiday Today (Source: El Caribe-Caracas) - Summary: Late last night, local time, the Governor of Venezuela's State of Aragua, Rafael Isea, declared Tuesday, February 4, 2009, as a state-wide public holiday to commemorate the February 4, 1992, attempted coup by Hugo Chavez. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

3-Feb-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Revises Private Sector Labor Law (Source: Kuwait Times-Kuwait City) - Summary: Late last week, Kuwait's Labour Committee of Parliament approved the first reading of a new labor law which, among other measures, would grant more public holidays to private sector employees. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

2-Feb-2009

Venezuela

Venezuela Declares February 2nd Public Holiday (Source: El Nacional-Caracas) - Summary: Late last night (Monday morning in Europe) the government of Venezuela announced that Monday, February 2, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday (día no laborable) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hugo Chavez's accession to power. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.


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