Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates March 2009


 
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This monthly recap of March 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

31-Mar-2009

Indonesia

Indonesia Declares April 9 Public Holiday (Source: Metro TV-Jakarta) - Summary: Earlier today, the chairman of Indonesia's election commission (KPU) announced that the government has decided to make April 9, the polling day for the upcoming parliamentary elections, a public holiday to encourage all voters to cast their ballot. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

31-Mar-2009

China

China's Guangdong Golden Week Public Holiday Cancelled (Source: Asia Times Online-Hong Kong) - Summary: A few hours ago, the Guangdong provincial government issued an emergency notice canceling its arrangements for the upcoming May Day Golden Week, and removed all previous notices about the long holiday from all the Guangdong government's websites. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

30-Mar-2009

Philippines

Philippines Declares April 6 Public Holiday (Source: GMA News-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has issued Proclamation 1669 which declares Monday, April 6, 2009, as an official non-working public holiday in the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

28-Mar-2009

Mayotte

Mayotte To Declare March 30 Post-Referendum Public Holiday (Source: Libération-Mamoudzou) - Summary: The president of the French overseas territory of Mayotte, Ahmed Attoumani Douchina, has announced that Monday, March 30, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday to celebrate the expected victory of the "yes" vote in Sunday's referendum as to whether the territory should become the 101st department of France. Links: full story and other Mayotte news and updates.

27-Mar-2009

Macau

Macau Declares New Year's Eve Public Holiday (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Chief Executive has declared a one-off, half-day, public holiday for the afternoon of Friday, December 31, 2010. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

27-Mar-2009

USA

USA's Capital Considering Dropping April 16 Public Holiday (Source: The Washington Post-Washington D.C.) - Summary: The mayor of the US capital, Washington DC, Adrian M. Fenty, has proposed abandoning the April 16, Emancipation Day municipal public sector holiday. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

27-Mar-2009

Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2009 Queens Day Public Holiday (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: Earlier today, the Chief Islander of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha declared Friday, March 27, 2009, to be a public holidays for the island's annual Queens Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

27-Mar-2009

Spain

Spain País Vasco 2010 Public Holidays (Source: Euskal Herriko Agintaritzaren Aldizkaria-Bilbao) - Summary: The Departamento De Justicia, Empleo Y Seguridad Social of Spain's Autonomous Region of País Vasco (Basque Country) has published the list of regional public holidays for 2010 in the Basque Country. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

26-Mar-2009

China

China Clamps Down On Regional May Golden Weeks (Source: Xinhua-Beijing) - Summary: China's State Council Thursday asked local governments to "strictly" observe regulations on national holidays, thus putting an end to the ongoing speculation that many regions would restore the May Golden Week public holidays this year. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

26-Mar-2009

Cambodia

Cambodia March 30 Public Holiday Still Uncertain (Source: The Phnom Penh Post-Phnom Penh) - Summary: Cambodia's Information Minister, Khieu Kanharith, has said that he could not yet confirm if next Monday, March 30, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday to coincide with the first day of the trials of the Khmer Rouge. Links: full story and other Cambodia news and updates.

26-Mar-2009

Switzerland

Switzerland Adds Labour Day Public Holiday In Neuchatel Canton (Source: Le Matin-Lausanne) - Summary: Switzerland's State Council has decided that, starting in 2010, the Canton of Neuchâtel would observe the May 1st, Labour Day public holiday, currently observed by 9 of Switzerland's 26 Cantons. Links: full story and other Switzerland news and updates.

26-Mar-2009

Swaziland

Swaziland Declares April 20 Public Holiday (Source: The Swazi Observer-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, announced that Monday, April 20, 2009, had been declared a one-off public holiday due to the fact that this year's King's Birthday public holiday (April 19) falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

25-Mar-2009

Nepal

Nepal Declares March 26 Ghode Jatra Public Holiday (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: At a cabinet meeting, earlier today, the government of Nepal declared tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, 2009, a public holiday, in the Kathmandu Valley (ie. the Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur districts) for the Ghode Jatra festival. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

25-Mar-2009

Germany

Germany To Consider Restoring October 31 Public Holiday In Capital State (Source: Berliner Morgenpost-Berlin) - Summary: Germany's CDU party, member of the current ruling federal coalition, has introduced legislation for Reformation Day (October 31) to become a public holiday in the state of Berlin, which includes Germany's capital. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

25-Mar-2009

Greece

Greece Announces Year-End Financial Holidays (Source: Hellenic Exchanges-HELEX) - Summary: Greece's HELEX (the Central Securities Depository) and the Athens Exchange will be closed all day on December 24, 2009, and will close early on December 31, 2009. Links: full story and other Greece news and updates.

24-Mar-2009

Lebanon

Lebanon Considering Annunciation Public Holiday (Source: Asia News) - Summary: Lebanon's Cabinet has hinted that this year's, March 25, "Islamic-Christian Day" observed on the date of the Annunciation, could become a non-working public holiday in the future. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

24-Mar-2009

India

India Electoral Public Holidays In Jammu and Kashmir (Source: Merinews-Gurgaon) - Summary: The government of India's state of Jammu and Kashmir has declared all upcoming Lok Sabha elections polling days as public holidays in their respective districts. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

24-Mar-2009

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Sinhala and Tamil New Year Bank Holidays Update (Source: The Island-Colombo) - Summary: Sri Lanka's Commercial Bank of Ceylon has announced its hours of operation during the upcoming 6-day public holidays due to the conjunction of the weekend and of 3 annual public holidays, the Bak Full Moon Poya Day (April 9), Good Friday (April 10), Sinhala and Tamil New Year (April 13-14). Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

22-Mar-2009

Paraguay

Paraguay To Vote On September 15 Public Holiday (Source: Ultima Hora-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's Parliament is to vote on a draft bill, presented by deputy, Ramona Mendoza, which would create a new annual public holiday, Día de la Democracia, on September 15. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

22-Mar-2009

Vietnam

Vietnam Day In Lieu For Upcoming Hung Kings' Public Holiday (Source: Sàigòn Giài Phòng-Saigon) - Summary: The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee has confirmed the date of April 4, 2009, for the upcoming Hung Kings Anniversary public holiday, as well as the details of a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, April 6, 2009. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

22-Mar-2009

Nepal

Nepal Adds Republic Day To Public Holidays List (Source: Nepal News-Kathmandu) - Summary: Nepal's Home Ministry is preparing to table a proposal to amend the list of public holidays in 2066 BS to include the Republic Day public holiday, at the next cabinet meeting. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

22-Mar-2009

Brazil

Brazilian MP To Fight For Restoration Of Saint George State Public Holiday (Source: O Globo-Rio de Janeiro) - Summary: Independent State MP, Jorge Babu (independent), author of the Lei 5.198 which instituted the April 23, Saint George (São Jorge) State public holiday, has vowed to fight against that public holiday being declared unconstitutional. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

22-Mar-2009

Bermuda

Bermuda Approves Public Holidays Amendment Act 2009 (Source: The Royal Gazette-Hamilton) - Summary: Late last week, Bermuda MPs have approved the Public Holidays Amendment Act 2009 in the House of Assembly. Links: full story and other Bermuda news and updates.

20-Mar-2009

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Caymanian Compass-George Town) - Summary: The government of the Cayman Islands has released its official list of 2010 public holidays. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

20-Mar-2009

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Announces Holy Week Public Holidays (Source: MITRAB-Managua) - Summary: In a communique released yesterday, Nicaragua's Minister of Labor, Jeannette Chávez Gomez, announced that, as per custom, it had declared the period from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday as public sector holidays. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

20-Mar-2009

Angola

Angola Public Sector Holiday For Papal Visit (Source: Angop News Agency-Luanda) - Summary: Late last night, it was reported that Angola's minister for public administration and employment, had given public sector workers a public holiday on Friday, March 20, 2009. Links: full story and other Angola news and updates.

20-Mar-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Novruz Bank Holidays Update (Source: Azerbaijan Business Center-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Bank Respublika has announced the opening hours of its branches during the upcoming 9-day Novruz national public holidays. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

19-Mar-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Public Sector Holiday Tomorrow In Sindh (Source: The News-Karachi) - Summary: Earlier today, the Government of Pakistan's Province of Sindh declared Friday, March 20, 2009, as a public holiday throughout the Province of Sindh in memory of Shaheed Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi alias Sooriah Shah. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

19-Mar-2009

South Africa

South Africa Declares April 22 Public Holiday (Source: BuaNews-Pretoria) - Summary: South Africa's President, Kgalema Motlanthe, has declared Wednesday, April 22, 2009, a public holiday to allow South Africans to exercise their democratic right to vote in the General Elections will be held on that day. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

19-Mar-2009

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Public Sector Holidays April 4-12 (Source: La Nación-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Minister of the Presidency, Rodrigo Arias, announced yesterday that the public sector employees would benefit from 3 additional days of public holidays, during the upcoming Easter week (Semana Santa), meaning that Costa Rica government offices will be closed from Friday night, April 3, until Monday morning, April 13, 2009. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

17-Mar-2009

Chile

Chile Declares December 11 Electoral Public Holiday (Source: Servicio Electoral-Santiago) - Summary: Chile's electoral commission has released the Cronograma Electoral of the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections, confirming the date of Friday, December 11, for the first round of these elections, and that it will be an official public holiday. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

17-Mar-2009

Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos 2009 Public Holidays Revised (Source: Turks and Caicos Islands Government Information Services-Grand Turk) - Summary: The Government Information Services (GIS) of the Turks and Caicos Islands has released a revised version of its official list of public holidays for the calendar year 2009. Links: full story and other Turks and Caicos Islands news and updates.

16-Mar-2009

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Rules Out March 23 Public Holiday (Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency-Bishkek) - Summary: Earlier today, Kyrgyzstan's labor and social development ministry issued a statement announcing that, as per article 113 of the Labour Code of Kyrgyzstan, Monday, March 23, 2009, would be a regular working day. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

16-Mar-2009

Nepal

Nepal To Consider Adding More Muslim Public Holidays (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: As part of a six-point deal, designed to end the five-day long agitation of the Muslim community, the government of Nepal agreed to "... positively consider to provide public holidays in the festivals of the Muslims". Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

16-Mar-2009

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Declares March 17 Public Holiday (Source: AFP-Kabul) - Summary: The government of Afghanistan has declared March 17, 2009, as a one-off public holiday, to coincide with the re-burial of ex-president Mohammad Daud Khan, killed in a Soviet-backed coup in 1978, and whose remains were recently uncovered. Links: other Afghanistan news and updates.

15-Mar-2009

China

China May Day Golden Week Public Holidays Update (Source: Xinhua-Beijing) - Summary: China's Hangzhou Tourism Commission has announced that it plans to resume the seven-day May Day Golden Week public holiday by adding a paid holiday of four days before or after the public holiday, or by adding two days before and two days after the holiday. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

15-Mar-2009

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago April 17 Public Holiday Update (Source: The Trinidad Guardian-Port-of-Spain) - Summary: Trinidad and Tobago's chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the upcoming Fifth Summit of the Americas, Mariano Browne, announced that closing government offices, and giving Government workers a day off on April 17, 2009, was one of the alternative measures that could be implemented if a nationwide public holiday was not granted. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

14-Mar-2009

Bahrain

Bahrain Law To Align Private And Public Sector Holidays (Source: Gulf Daily News-Manama) - Summary: Thursday, at an extraordinary session of Bahrain's Parliament, MPs backed a proposed new Private Sector Employment Law which would, among other aspects, bring the number and duration of the private sector's public holidays in line with those of government employees. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

14-Mar-2009

Botswana

Botswana Election Day Public Holiday Update 3 (Source: Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) - Summary: Addressing participants during a two-day national youth workshop on Monday, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Mr Osupile Maroba, said the prerogative to declare election day a public holiday lies with the president, adding that there is nothing that the commission can do in that regard if the law is not amended. Links: full story and other Botswana news and updates.

14-Mar-2009

Philippines

Philippines Considering 7 Additional Public Holidays (Source: The Philippine Star-Manila) - Summary: Several bills have been tabled in the Philippines' House of Representatives, seeking to declare seven more non-working public holidays in addition to the 16 public holidays already prescribed by law or presidential order. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

14-Mar-2009

Liberia

Liberia Declares March 15-16 Public Holidays (Source: Liberian Observer-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberia's President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has released a proclamation declaring Sunday, March 15, 2009, as the "Second Centennial Birth Anniversary of Joseph Jenkins Roberts", a public holiday to be observed properly and propitiously throughout the territorial confines of the Republic. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

13-Mar-2009

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Post-Election Public Holiday (Source: SKNVibes-Saint John's) - Summary: The newly elected UPP government of Antigua and Barbuda has declared today, March 13, 2009, as a one-off, post-election public holiday. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

13-Mar-2009

Belarus

Belarus Public Holiday April 27 (Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Semashko, has issued a decree declaring Monday, April 27, 2009, as a one-off non-working bridge public holiday in Belarus on account of the upcoming Radunitsa (Ancestors Veneration Day) on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

12-Mar-2009

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Post-Election Public Holiday Expected (Source: Caribbean Net News-Saint John's) - Summary: Local media sources in Antigua and Barbuda expect Friday, March 13, 2009, the day after today's general elections, to be declared a one-off public holiday, "regardless of which party wins". Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

10-Mar-2009

Egypt

Egypt Announces New March 13 National Holiday (Source: The Egyptian Gazette-Cairo) - Summary: The government of Egypt has decided to make March 13 a new annual national holiday, to commemorate the return of Taba to Egyptian sovereignty, 20 years ago. The statement from the Egyptian Cabinet specifies that on that day, all schools and universities would close, but that Government ministries would continue working normally. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

9-Mar-2009

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Declares March 9 Public Holiday (Source: Afrique en Ligne-Kinshasa) - Summary: Monday, March 9, 2009, has been declared a public holiday in DR Congo following the victory of the national soccer team in the first African Nations Championship (CHAN) that ended Sunday in the Côte d'Ivoire. Links: other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

8-Mar-2009

Oman

Oman Announces Prophet's Birthday Public Holidays (Source: Times of Oman-Muscat) - Summary: Oman has announced that the upcoming Prophet's Birthday public holidays would be observed on March 10-11, by the public sector (all employees at the ministries, public authorities and other departments of the state administrative apparatus). As for the private sector, it will only get a 1-day public holiday, on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

8-Mar-2009

Turkey

Turkey Labor Day Public Holiday Update (Source: Hürriyet-Ankara) - Summary: Turkey's Labor and Social Security Minister, Faruk Çelik, has announced that a proposal to declare May 1st as an official public holiday would occur after the March 29 local elections. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

8-Mar-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan School Holidays Extended Due To Novruz Public Holidays (Source: APA-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Department Chief of the Ministry of Education, Aydin Ahmedov, announced that Azerbaijan's spring school vacations, originally scheduled for March 16-23, had been rescheduled for March 17-27. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

8-Mar-2009

Maldives

Maldives SAARC Summit Likely To Be Delayed (Source: Miadhu News-Male) - Summary: The Maldives's foreign minister, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, has indicated that the 16 SAARC Summit, originally scheduled for October 2009, would likely need to be moved to the first quarter of 2010. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

7-Mar-2009

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Declares 2-Day Public Holidays (Source: Agence de Presse Africaine-Ouagadougou) - Summary: Burkina Faso's Minister for Public Service and State Reform (ministre de la Fonction publique et de la Réforme de l'Etat), Soungalo Ouattara, announced that the government had declared next Monday and Tuesday, March 9-10, 2009, to be non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Burkina Faso news and updates.

7-Mar-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Announces Date Of Eid Milad-un-Nabi Public Holiday (Source: Asia Pulse-Islamabad) - Summary: Pakistan's Ministry of Interior has announced that Tuesday, March 10, 2009, will be a public holiday on the occasion of the Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad's Birthday). Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

6-Mar-2009

Niger

Niger Announces March 9 Public Holiday (Source: Le Sahel-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that the upcoming Maoulid (Prophet's Birthday) public holiday would be observed on Monday, March 9, 2009. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

6-Mar-2009

Sénégal

Sénégal Changes Date Of Maouloud Public Holiday (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: The Government of Sénégal has announced that the upcoming Maouloud (Prophet's Birthday) public holiday would be observed on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, instead of the previously announced date of March 9. Links: other Sénégal news and updates.

6-Mar-2009

Uganda

Uganda Codifies Public Holidays For Presidential Death (Source: Daily Monitor-Kampala) - Summary: Uganda's Parliament is voting on a new bill, The Emoluments and benefits of the President, Vice President and Prime Minister Bill, 2009, codifying retirement benefits for Uganda's President, Vice President and Prime Minister. One of the provisions of this new Bill is that a public holiday shall be declared on the day of burial of a President who dies while in office. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

5-Mar-2009

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad And Tobago Summit of the Americas Update (Source: Trinidad News-Port-of-Spain) - Summary: US President, Barack Obama, has confirmed that he would be coming to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas on April 17-19, 2009. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

5-Mar-2009

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Deputy Governor's Office-BVI) - Summary: The BVI Cabinet has approved the official list of public holidays for 2010 in the British Virgin Islands, in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Holidays Act (Cap 199). Links: full story and other British Virgin Islands news and updates.

5-Mar-2009

Algeria

Algerian Public Holiday March 9 (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian public sector ministry (Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique) has announced that Monday, March 9, 2009, had been declared a paid non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée) on account of the upcoming Mawlid Ennabawi (Prophet's Birthday). Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

5-Mar-2009

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Weekly Holiday Update (Source: The Daily Independent-Dhaka) - Summary: Bangladesh's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, informed the Jatiya Sangsad that her government has no plan, currently, to change the weekly day of rest in Bangladesh from Friday to Sunday. But, she did add, that the reintroduction of public holidays on Sundays would be studied at a later date. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

5-Mar-2009

China

China Pressured To Restore Labor Day Golden Week (Source: China Daily-Shanghai) - Summary: At a recent session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Zhang Xiqin, the vice director of the National Tourism Administration, called for a resumption of the Labor Day Golden Week public holidays. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

5-Mar-2009

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Election Commission Confirms August 20 Election Date (Source: BBC South Asia-Kabul) - Summary: Afghanistan's Election Commission has rejected a recent decree from President Hamid Karzai that would have moved the date of the upcoming elections from August 20, 2009, to April. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

5-Mar-2009

Iraq

Iraq Declares March Regional Public Holidays In Kurdistan (Source: Eye Iraq-Baghdad) - Summary: The Prime Ministry council of the government of Iraq's Kurdistan region has announced upcoming public sector holidays for the month of March 2009, including, most notably, a change in the date of this year's Noruz public holiday. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

4-Mar-2009

Turkey

Turkey To Vote On 2 New Public Holidays (Source: Hurriyet-Istanbul) - Summary: Earlier today, Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), introduced a bill to parliament that would create 2 new public holidays; Novruz (Persian New Year) and May Day. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

4-Mar-2009

Tanzania

Tanzania Changes Date Of Maulid Public Holiday (Source: Bank of Tanzania-Dar es Salaam) - Summary: The date of the upcoming Maulid Day (Prophet's Birthday) public holiday has been moved by the Government of Tanzania from Monday, March 9, to Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Links: full story and other Tanzania news and updates.

4-Mar-2009

Iran

Iran 2009-2010 Public Holidays (Source: Islamic Consultative Assembly-Majlis) - Summary: Iran's Islamic Consultative Assembly has approved the list of official public holidays in Iran for the Persian year 1388, running from March 21, 2009, to March 20, 2010. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

4-Mar-2009

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares March 9 Public Holiday (Source: Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and Communications-Abuja) - Summary: Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Major-Gen. Godwin O. Abbe (retired), has announced that the government of Nigeria had declared Monday, March 9, 2009, as a public holiday to mark the Id-el-Maulud Muslim festival. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

4-Mar-2009

Uruguay

Uruguay Considering A Reduction In Working-Day Hours (Source: Diario El País-Montevideo) - Summary: The government of Uruguay has announced that it will enter discussions with the private sectors concerning a proposal by labor unions to reduce working hours as a way to ease the impact of the global financial crisis. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

4-Mar-2009

Lebanon

Lebanon Confirms Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday Date (Source: Ya Libnan-Beirut) - Summary: Yesterday morning, Lebanon's Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, declared that Monday, March 9, 2009, would be an official public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Prophet's birthday. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

4-Mar-2009

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Majilis Approves Public Holidays Law Amendments (Source: Kazinform-Astana) - Summary: Earlier today, Kazakhstan's Parliament (the Majilis) approved the draft law "On The Introduction Of Amendments To The Law On Holidays Of The Republic Of Kazakhstan". The main feature of these amendments is the extension of the Nauryz Meiramy (Persian New Year) public holiday from its current 1 day (March 22) to 3 days (March 21-23). Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

3-Mar-2009

Jordan

Jordan Changes Date Of Upcoming Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: Jordanian News Agency-Petra) - Summary: Jordan's Prime Minister, Nader Dahabi, announced last night that the government had decided to change the date of the upcoming Prophet Mohammad's Birthday public holiday, from Sunday, March 8, to Monday, March 9, 2009. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

3-Mar-2009

Samoa

Samoa Confirms September 7-8 Public Holidays (Source: The Samoa Observer-Apia) - Summary: Samoa's General Manager of the new Land and Transport Authority (LTA), Leasi John Galuvao, has confirmed that, despite recent opposition, the change in driving side of the road will occur on September 7, 2009, and that this day, and the next, would be official public holidays in Samoa. Links: full story and other Samoa news and updates.

3-Mar-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Declares March 18 Non-Working Public Holiday (Source: ANS Press-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Central Election Commission Press Secretary, Azer Sariyev, announced that Wednesday, March 18, 2009, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday, on the occasion of the referendum to be held on amendments and changes to Constitution of Azerbaijan Republic. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

3-Mar-2009

UAE

UAE Financial Markets Choose Public Sector Holiday Date (Source: Dubai Chronicle-Dubai) - Summary: The Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority has announced that the UAE financial markets will close on Sunday, March 8, 2009, to mark the public holiday for the anniversary of Prophet Mohammed's birthday. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

2-Mar-2009

Maldives

Maldives Declare March 2 Public Holiday (Source: President's Office-Male) - Summary: Late last night, Maldives' President Nasheed declared Monday, March 2, 2009, as a one-off public holiday to coincide with its Presidential Address to the People's Majlis (parliament). Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

2-Mar-2009

Nauru

Nauru Public Holiday March 9 (Source: The Government of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The president of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, in his capacity as Minister for Home Affairs, has declared Monday, March 9, 2009, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Nauru on the occasion of International Women's Day, which falls on a Sunday, this year. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

2-Mar-2009

Kiribati

Kiribati PCPA Public Holidays Declared (Source: Kiribati Public Service Office-Bairiki) - Summary: The government of Kiribati has declared Wednesday-Friday, July 8-10, 2009, as one-off public holidays throughout Kiribati. Links: full story and other Kiribati news and updates.

1-Mar-2009

Guyana

Guyana 2009 Youmun Nabi Public Holiday Announced (Source: Guyana Chronicle-Georgetown) - Summary: The government of Guyana has announced that the upcoming Youman Nabi, birth anniversary of the Prophet, public holiday, would be commemorated on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.

1-Mar-2009

UAE

UAE Changes Date Of Upcoming Private Sector Holiday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: Earlier this morning, the UAE's Minister of Labour, Saqr Gobash, announced that it had decided to change the date of the upcoming private sector public holiday, from Monday, March 9, to Saturday, March 7, 2009. This change applies to all employees in the private sector in the UAE. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

1-Mar-2009

Indonesia

Indonesia Stands Firm On April 9 Election Date (Source: Jakarta Globe-Jakarta) - Summary: Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) rejected demands by Christian groups to change the date of the April 9 upcoming national elections in East Nusa Tenggara Province. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.


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