Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2009


 
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This monthly recap of April 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

30-Apr-2009

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Renames CHOGM Summit (Source: Power 102 FM-Port of Spain) - Summary: Senior Coordinator for CHOGM 2009, Sharifa Ali Abdullah, announced that a decision has been taken to change the name of the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) to be hosted in Port of Spain in November, to "Summit of the Commonwealth". Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

30-Apr-2009

Australia

Australia's Victoria State Clarifies Melbourne Cup Public Holiday Coverage (Source: myZOO-Melbourne) - Summary: The government of Australia's State of Victoria has ruled out changes that would have allowed some towns to take the Melbourne Cup public holiday on another, municipally significant, day. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

30-Apr-2009

South Africa

South Africa Considering Non-Trading Public Holidays (Source: Independent Online-Pretoria) - Summary: South Africa's labour federation general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, has appealed to the government to pass legislation so that retail workers would not be forced to work on "the most emotional" public holidays such as Freedom Day on April 27, Workers Day on May 1, Youth Day on June 16 and Women's Day on August 9. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

30-Apr-2009

Mexico

Mexico Declares May 1-5 Public Sector Holiday (Source: MSNBC-Mexico City) - Summary: Mexico's Health Secretary, José Angel Córdova Villalobos, announced that nonessential federal government offices would be closed from May 1-5, and that all nonessential private businesses must also close for that period. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

30-Apr-2009

Indonesia

Indonesia May Day Public Holiday Update (Source: Jakarta Globe-Jakarta) - Summary: Indonesia's minister of manpower and transmigration, Erman Suparno, has announced that the idea of making May 1st (International Labour Day) an official national public holiday would soon be discussed by the National Tripartite Agency, a new organization comprising business, labor and government representatives. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

30-Apr-2009

Maldives

Maldives Declare May 10 Public Holiday (Source: Miadhu News-Male) - Summary: Following a request from the Maldives' Elections Commission, President Nasheed has declared that Sunday, May 10, 2009, would be a public holiday throughout the Maldives. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

29-Apr-2009

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Confirms May Public Holidays (Source: The Times Of Central Asia-Astana) - Summary: The government press service of Kazakhstan has informed news agencies that the non-working public holidays for the month of May 2009 would be May 1, 9 and 11. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

29-Apr-2009

Mexico

Mexico National Educational Holidays Until May 6 (Source: Periodico El Sur-Mexico City) - Summary: Mexico's Ministry of Education has announced that all educational institutions, nationwide, would be closed until May 6, 2009. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

29-Apr-2009

India

India Declares May 13 Public Holiday In Puducherry (Source: Chennai Online News-Chennai) - Summary: The Administration of India's State of Puducherry has declared Wednesday, May 13, 2009, as a one-off electoral public holiday for all its offices and undertakings on the occasion of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

29-Apr-2009

Uganda

Uganda To Reduce Number Of Public Holidays (Source: New Vision Online-Kampala) - Summary: Uganda's permanent secretary in the gender ministry, Christine Guwatudde, has announced that Uganda's Ministry of Public Service wants to either reduce the number of official public holidays, or to move their observance to the nearest weekend. Links: other Uganda news and updates.

28-Apr-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan To Vote On May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Parliament (the Mejlis) is to consider the draft bill, "On Declaring May 1 Non-Working Day And Workers' Holiday", which would add May 1st to the list of official public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

27-Apr-2009

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Declares May 4 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency-KABAR) - Summary: Earlier today, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Igor Chudinov, signed a governmental resolution declaring Monday, May 4, 2009, as a one-off non-working bridge public holiday (Tuesday, May 5, 2009, is already an annual public holiday). Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

26-Apr-2009

UAE

UAE Revises Public Holidays Legislation (Source: UAE Prime Minister Website-Dubai) - Summary: The UAE has released the "Cabinet Resolution No. (17) of 2009 regarding the Public Holidays at the Federal Government" which revises the list of official public holidays and their duration in the UAE. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

26-Apr-2009

Thailand

Thailand Royal Ploughing Ceremony Public Holiday Confirmed (Source: Xinhua-Bangkok) - Summary: Earlier today, Thailand's Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, confirmed that the upcoming Royal Ploughing Ceremony public holiday would occur on May 11, 2009 (though the actual ceremony will be held on May 9th). Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

25-Apr-2009

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2010 public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

25-Apr-2009

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's President Signs Public Holidays Law Amendment (Source: Gazeta-Astana) - Summary: Kazakhstan's President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has signed into law the amendments to Kazakhstan's Law on Holidays (On The Introduction Of Amendments To The Law On Holidays Of The Republic Of Kazakhstan), voted last month by Kazakhstan's Parliament, the Majilis. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

24-Apr-2009

India

India Declares May 13 Public Holiday In Himachal Pradesh (Source: My Himachal-Shimla) - Summary: The Chief Electoral Officer of India's State of Himachal Pradesh, Anil Khachi, has announced that Wednesday, May 13, 2009, had been declared as a gazetted public holiday to ensure maximum number of vote casting in the upcoming 15th Lok Sabha Elections. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

24-Apr-2009

Turkey

Turkey's Parliament Rejects Novruz Public Holiday Bill (Source: Today's Zaman-Ankara) - Summary: As a postlude to Wednesday's Parliamentary vote on a bill restoring May 1st as an official public holiday, it was announced that Parliament had rejected the bill that would have established Nevruz, the Kurdish new year celebration on March 21, as an official public holiday. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

24-Apr-2009

Bahrain

Bahrain Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Central Bank of Bahrain-Manama) - Summary: The Government of Bahrain has declared Sunday, May 3, 2009, as a day in lieu public holiday, due to the fact that this year's Labour Day public holiday falls on a Friday. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

24-Apr-2009

Canada

Canada Amends Islander Day Public Holiday (Source: Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly-Charlottetown) - Summary: The government of Canada's Province of Prince Edward Island has introduced Bill No. 72, An Act to Amend the Islander Day Act, which would amend the Employment Standards Act to change the date of the Islander Day annual public holiday to the third Monday in February. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

24-Apr-2009

Panama

Panama Drops May Day Bridge Public Holiday (Source: La Estrella-Ciudad de Panamá) - Summary: Panama's President, Martín Torrijos, has decided not to move the upcoming May 1st public holiday to the following Monday, May 4th, 2009. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

23-Apr-2009

Malaysia

Malaysia Announces Negeri Sembilan State Public Holiday Date (Source: The New Straits Times-Seremban) - Summary: The Chief Executive (Menteri Besar) of Malaysia's State of Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, has finally announced the date of this year's transitional State public holiday as October 26, instead of the previous years' date of July 19. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

23-Apr-2009

Turkey

Turkey Officially Approves And Names May 1 Public Holiday (Source: World Bulletin-Ankara) - Summary: Turkey's parliament has approved the bill declaring May 1st an annual public holiday, effective starting in 2009, and giving it the official name "Labor and Solidarity Day". Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

23-Apr-2009

Australia

Australia To Review ACT's Family And Community Public Holiday (Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation-Canberra) - Summary: The Government of Australia's ACT (Australian Capital Territory) is inviting its residents to have their say on the future of the, early November, Family and Community Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

22-Apr-2009

South Africa

South Africa Declares World Cup Extended School Holidays (Source: Pretoria News-Pretoria) - Summary: South Africa's chief director of communications for the Department of Education, Dr Granville Whittle, has announced that South African schools will enjoy an extended holiday break during the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

22-Apr-2009

Russia

Russia's Parliament Rejects May Day Public Holidays Extension (Source: Moscow News-Moscow) - Summary: Russia's State Duma has rejected a bill tabled by United Russia deputy, Valery Zakharyashchev, that would increase the May public holidays from 1 to 4 days, while reducing the Western New Year public holidays from 5 to 2 days. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

22-Apr-2009

Niger

Niger Announces April 24 Public Holiday (Source: Ministre de la Fonction Publique et du Travail-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's ministre de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that Friday, April 24, 2009, would be a nationwide public holiday in Niger. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

22-Apr-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Could Add Good Friday To List Of Public Holidays (Source: FOCUS News Agency-Sofia) - Summary: The mayor of Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, and unofficial GERB party leader, Boyko Borisov, promised to declare Good Friday as an official public holiday in Bulgaria, should his party win the upcoming June 14 parliamentary elections. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

21-Apr-2009

Panama

Panama Considering Moving Labour Day Public Holiday (Source: La Estrella-Ciudad de Panamá) - Summary: The government of Panama is reported to be still hesitating to move the upcoming Labour Day public holiday from Friday, May 1st, to Monday, May 4th, 2009, under the días puente system. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

21-Apr-2009

Mali

Mali Declares Electoral Public Holiday Today (Source: VOA News-Bamako) - Summary: Late last night, the government of Mali declared that today, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday to enable the population to go and get their electoral registration cards for the upcoming, April 26, communal elections. Links: full story and other Mali news and updates.

20-Apr-2009

Venezuela

Venezuela To Consider Renaming National Day Public Holiday (Source: Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias-Ciudad Guayana) - Summary: The Vice-President of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), Freddy Bernal, has called on the government to either declare April 11 a national public holiday, or rename the April 19 public holiday as Día de la Batalla de San Félix. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

20-Apr-2009

Somalia

Somalia Votes To Implement Sharia (Source: Al Jazeera-Mecca) - Summary: The Parliament of Somalia has voted unanimously to implement Sharia, or Islamic law, across Somalia. The effect of this change on the public holidays of Somalia is yet to be assessed. Links: full story and other Somalia news and updates.

20-Apr-2009

India

India Regional Electoral Public Holidays (Source: The Hindu-Chennai) - Summary: Various Indian states are beginning to declare one-off public holidays to coincide with the day on which the current, month-long, national elections will be held in their state. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

20-Apr-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Amends Upcoming May Extended Public Holidays (Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria-Sofia) - Summary: The Bulgarian Council of Ministers has announced a changed in the details of the upcoming, early May, 6-day public holidays. The compensating Saturdays that will need to be worked are now May 16 and May 30, 2009. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

19-Apr-2009

Russia

Russia To Add April 16 Public Holiday In Chechnya (Source: BBC News-Grozny) - Summary: The pro-Kremlin President of Russia's republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has declared that, in the future, April 16 would be a public holiday throughout Chechnya. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

19-Apr-2009

Poland

Poland Epiphany Public Holiday Restoration Update (Source: Polish Radio-Warsaw) - Summary: Polish Radio reports that the Mayor of Lódz, Jerzy Kropiwnicki, is expected to hand over a petition to the speaker of the Sejm, Poland's lower house, restoring the January 6, Epiphany, national public holiday. Links: full story and other Poland news and updates.

18-Apr-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan To Recognize Good Friday Public Holiday (Source: Asia News-Islamabad) - Summary: Pakistan's federal minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, recently announced that, beginning in 2010, Good Friday would be a public holiday recognized by the government of Pakistan, for the Christians of Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

18-Apr-2009

Ghana

Ghana June 4 Public Holiday Update (Source: Joy Online-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's National Democratic Congress, having recently returned to power, is pushing the President hard to restore the June 4 public holiday, which was abolished in 2001 by the New Patriotic Party government of John Agyekum Kufuor. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

18-Apr-2009

South Africa

South Africa's Presidential Inauguration Date Set (Source: BuaNews-Johannesburg) - Summary: South Africa government spokesperson, Themba Maseko, has announced that the upcoming presidential inauguration would be held on May 9th, 2009, for the first time ever on a Saturday. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

18-Apr-2009

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Independence Day Public Holiday's Future More Secure (Source: VOA News-Harare) - Summary: After years of shunning the April 18, Independence Day, public holiday, Zimbabwe's new Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, and his MDC Party are now saying that the Independence Day is a national event and the property of no single political party. Links: full story and other Zimbabwe news and updates.

18-Apr-2009

Australia

Australia ANZAC Day Public Holiday Update (Source: ABC News-Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - Summary: The State Government of the Australian State of Tasmania has finally announced it will introduce legislation creating a Monday day in lieu public holiday when ANZAC Day (April 25) falls on a Sunday, or a Tuesday when the day coincides with Easter Monday. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

16-Apr-2009

Qatar

Qatar Cabinet Approves New Bank Holiday (Source: Qatar Central Bank-Doha) - Summary: The recent proposal for an annual March bank holiday, initiated by the Central Bank of Qatar, was approved at a recent session of Qatar's cabinet, presided by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

16-Apr-2009

Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Equatorial Guinea News Portal-Malabo) - Summary: The government of Equatorial Guinea has declared a public holiday for tomorrow, Friday, April 17, 2009, on the occasion of the state visit of the King of Morocco, HM Mohammed VI. Links: full story and other Equatorial Guinea news and updates.

16-Apr-2009

Barbados

Barbados 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Barbados Government Information Services-BGIS) - Summary: The government of Barbados has released it list of official public holidays for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Barbados news and updates.

15-Apr-2009

India

India Declares April 30 Bank And Financial Holiday (Source: Reserve Bank of India-New Delhi) - Summary: India's stock markets have announced that they would close on Thursday, April 30, 2009, due to the elections on that day. In addition, all financial institutions, including the central bank, will be closed on that date. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

14-Apr-2009

Honduras

Honduras Surprised By Public Holiday Move (Source: La Prensa-San Pedro Sula) - Summary: News sources in Honduras report widespread surprise today, April 14, 2009, as all businesses, government offices and banks are open, despite it usually being the Day of the Americas public holiday. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

14-Apr-2009

Thailand

Thailand Declares 2 Additional Public Holidays This Week (Source: National News Bureau of Thailand-Bangkok) - Summary: Thailand's Deputy Secretary-general to the Prime Minister and acting Government Spokesman, Panitharn Wattanayakorn, announced earlier today that the cabinet had approved the extension of the current 3-day Songkran public holidays for 2 additional days; Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17, 2009. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

12-Apr-2009

Russia

Russia Amends List Of Commemorative Dates (Source: Web Portal of the President of Russia-Moscow) - Summary: Russia's President, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed into law amendments to the Federal law On Russia's Days of Military Glory and Commemorative Dates, adding the date of June 29, Day of Partisans and Underground Resistance, to the aforementioned list. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

11-Apr-2009

India

India Polling Day Public Holidays In Jammu and Kashmir (Source: Merinews-Gurgaon) - Summary: India's State government of J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) has declared that all polling days for the coming Lok Sabha elections would be public holidays on the dates and in the concerned districts. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

10-Apr-2009

Réunion

La Réunion Set To Drop 3 Christian Public Holidays (Source: Journal de l'Ile de la Réunion-Saint-Paul la Réunion) - Summary: The Bishop of the diocese of La Réunion, Gilbert Aubry, has officially announced that he was ready to cede 3 Christian public holidays to other religions. The 3 public holidays specifically mentioned by the Bishop are: Easter Monday, Ascension, and Whitmonday. Links: full story and other Réunion news and updates.

10-Apr-2009

Thailand

Thailand Banking And Financial Sector Open Today (Source: Reuters-Bangkok) - Summary: Late last night, Thailand's Central Bank and the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) both announced that all banks and financial markets would remain open on Friday, April 10, 2009. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

10-Apr-2009

Malta

Malta Bank And Financial Holiday Monday (Source: Borza Ta' Malta-Malta Stock Exchange) - Summary: The Central Bank of Malta has announced that Easter Monday (April 13, 2009) had been declared a stock exchange holiday. No trading or settlement activity will take place on that day, and local banks will be closed. Links: other Malta news and updates.

10-Apr-2009

Laos

Laos Extends New Year Public Holidays (Source: The Ventiane Times-Ventiane) - Summary: The government of Laos has confirmed that there is to be an extended public sector holiday over the upcoming Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) this year, from Monday to Friday, April 13-17, 2009. Links: full story and other Laos news and updates.

10-Apr-2009

Niger

Niger Announces April 13 Public Holiday (Source: Ministre de la Fonction Publique et du Travail-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's ministre de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that Monday, April 13, 2009, would be a nationwide public holiday in Niger. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

9-Apr-2009

Dominica

Dominica's National Day Of Prayer Could Become A Public Holiday (Source: Dominica News-Roseau) - Summary: The President of the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches, Bishop Bill Daniel, officially asked both Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, and Opposition leader, Ron Green, to make the April 8, National Day of Prayer, an annual public holiday starting in 2010. Links: full story and other Dominica news and updates.

9-Apr-2009

Cyprus

Cyprus Urged To Declare June Clean-Up Public Holiday (Source: Cyprus Mail-Nicosia) - Summary: Cyprus' Environment Commissioner, Charalmbos Theopemptou, has petitioned President Demetris Christofias to declare an annual "Clean up Cyprus Day" public holiday where everyone gets a day off work and join forces to clean up the island. Links: full story and other Cyprus news and updates.

9-Apr-2009

Brazil

Brazil Approves Bill To Move Mid-Week Public Holidays (Source: Agência Brasil-Brasília) - Summary: The Commission of Constitution and Justice and Citizenship (CCJC) of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies unanimously approved a bill that would move mid-week public holidays to the following Friday. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

9-Apr-2009

Turkey

Turkey Finally Declares May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Bia News Centre-Istanbul) - Summary: This morning's newspapers report that Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has ordered the Minister of Employment and Social Security, Faruk Çelik, to announce May 1st as a public holiday. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

9-Apr-2009

Nepal

Nepal Regional Poll Public Holidays Tomorrow (Source: Nepal News-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that tomorrow, Friday, April 10, 2009, would be a one-off public holiday in the six vacant constituencies which will hold a CA-by-election on that date. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

9-Apr-2009

Thailand

Thailand Declares April 10 Public Holiday (Source: Reuters-Bangkok) - Summary: Earlier today, Thailand's Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, declared a one-off public holiday for tomorrow (Friday, April 10, 2009), to help the government cope with the effects of political protests that caused traffic chaos in Bangkok. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

8-Apr-2009

Malaysia

Malaysia Asked For Pahang State Public Holiday (Source: The New Straits Times-Kuantan) - Summary: The President of the Pahang Mubarak (association of former elected representatives), Datuk Abdul Jabbar Ibrahim, has asked the government of the Malaysian State of Pahang to declare a public holiday in recognition of Datuk Seri Najib Razak having been recently appointed as Malaysia's sixth prime minister. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

8-Apr-2009

Philippines

Philippines Declares April 11 Public Holiday (Source: GMANews-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has signed Proclamation No. 1752, which declares April 11, 2009, Black Saturday, as a special non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

8-Apr-2009

Liberia

Liberia Asked To Consider October 29 Public Holiday (Source: Liberia Broadcasting System-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberia's Deputy Chief Examiner at the National Port Authority, Richard Karyea, has called on the Legislature to declare October 29, the date of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's birthday, an annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

8-Apr-2009

Bolivia

Bolivia Could Soon Replace Religious Public Holidays (Source: La Patria-Oruro) - Summary: The Head of the Department of Labour for the Department of Oruro (where President Evo Morales was born), Juan Carlos Rodríguez, has announced that the implementation of the recently approved new constitution (CPE) would probably mean that all the religious public holidays of Bolivia would be replaced by non-religious ones, over the next year or so, but that for 2009, they are likely to remain as previously announced. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

7-Apr-2009

The Gambia

Gambia Votes Annual Africa Day Public Holiday (Source: Daily Observer-Banjul) - Summary: Gambia's National Assembly unanimously approved a motion to confer powers on President Yahya Jammeh, to declare a new annual public holiday, on May 25th, with effect starting in 2009. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

7-Apr-2009

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago April 17 Public Sector Only Holiday (Source: i955fm-Port-of-Spain) - Summary: Trinidad and Tobago's Trade Minister, Mariano Browne, who heads the cabinet cub committee for the upcoming Summit Of The Americas has announced that Friday, April 17, 2009, the first day of the summit, would be a public sector holiday only, but that it would be a regular working day for the private and financial sectors. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

7-Apr-2009

Ecuador

Ecuador Confirms Holy Week Public Holidays (Source: Presidencia de la República-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's SENRES has confirmed that, despite recent rumors, only Good Friday (April 10) would be a public holiday, and that Thursday, April 9, 2009, (Maundy Thursday) would not be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

7-Apr-2009

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Weekend Holidays Imbroglio (Source: Zawya-Jeddah) - Summary: The board of directors of the Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has reversed yesterday's decision to change its weekend to Fridays and Saturdays. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

7-Apr-2009

Poland

Poland's Parliament To Vote On New April 2 Public Holiday (Source: EFE-Warsaw) - Summary: Poland's conservative party, the Law and Justice Party (PiS), led by the Kaczynski twins, has launched a campaign to have Poland's Parliament (the Sejm) make April 2, the date of Pope John-Paul II's death, a new annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Poland news and updates.

7-Apr-2009

Mongolia

Mongolia Moves Public Holidays Reform Onto Legislative Agenda (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: Mongolia's Parliamentary Speaker, D. Demberel, has announced the 65th ordinance on establishing the order of issues to be discussed at the regular spring session of parliament in 2009, which features, in 17th position, the Draft amendment to the law on national holidays and remarkable days. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

7-Apr-2009

Cambodia

Cambodia Confirms New Year Date (Source: Commercial News-Phnom Penh) - Summary: Cambodian New Year will occur at 01:36 local time, on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Links: full story and other Cambodia news and updates.

6-Apr-2009

Ghana

Ghana Asked To Restore June 4 Public Holiday (Source: GNA-Accra) - Summary: A youth group with links to the ruling NDC has appealed to President John Evans Atta Mills to consider bringing back the June 4 public holiday. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

6-Apr-2009

Chile

Chile Considering Cancellation Of December 11 Public Holiday (Source: Radio universidad de Chile-Santiago) - Summary: The Chilean President's Deputy Chief of Staff (subsecretario de la Presidencia), Edgardo Riveros, announced that, in the coming days, President Bachelet would send to Parliament a bill that would move from Friday, December 11, to Sunday, December 13, the date of the upcoming elections and of the associated public holiday. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

6-Apr-2009

India

India Public Sector Holiday In Puducherry (Source: Kerala Online News-New Delhi) - Summary: The government of India's State of Puducherry has declared today, Monday, April 6, 2009, a public holiday for all state government offices, on account of the death, this morning, of Puducherry's Lieutenant Governor, Govind Singh Gurjar. Links: other India news and updates.

6-Apr-2009

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Considering Reduction Of Public Sector Holidays (Source: Primera Hora-San Juan) - Summary: The Vice-President of Puerto Rico's House of Representatives, Gabriel Rodríguez Aguiló, has introduced a bill, Proyecto de la Cámara 1387, which would reduce the number of public sector holidays in Puerto Rico, from the current 19 to 15. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

6-Apr-2009

Paraguay

Paraguay Declares April 8 Half-Day Public Sector Holiday (Source: La Nación-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's President, Fernando Lugo, has issued executive decree Nº 1.775 making Wednesday, April 8, 2009, a public sector holiday to allow Paraguay's public sector to begin the Semana Santa (Holy Week) public holidays one half-day before the rest of the country. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

5-Apr-2009

Uruguay

Uruguay Declares April 16 Semi-Regional Public Holiday (Source: El País-Montevideo) - Summary: Uruguay's Parliament has approved a bill that will make Thursday, April 16, 2009, a one-off public holiday to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Fray Bentos. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

5-Apr-2009

Philippines

Philippines Extend Scope And Duration Of Feast Of Sacrifice Public Holidays (Source: ABS-CBN News-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA), has declared Friday-Saturday, November 27-28, 2009, as nationwide non-working public holidays to mark the celebration of the Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice). Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

5-Apr-2009

UK

UK's Archbishop of York Favors St George's Day Public Holiday (Source: BBC) - Summary: The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has come out in favor of making St George's Day (April 23) a public holiday to promote unity in England. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

4-Apr-2009

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Declares April 13 Day In Lieu In Alajuela (Source: El País-San José) - Summary: The annual Juan Santamaría procession will occur on Monday, April 13, instead of the annual date of April 11, as April 11, 2009, coincides with Holy Saturday. As such, Monday, April 13, 2009, will be a one-off public sector holiday in Alajuela. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

3-Apr-2009

Guinea

Guinea's Junta Confirms Status Of April 3rd Public Holiday (Source: African Press Agency-APA) - Summary: Guinea's military junta has announced that it had decided to maintain the annual April 3rd public holiday that marks the anniversary of the putsch by late President Lansana Conté, in 1984. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

3-Apr-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares April 4 Public Holiday In Sindh Province (Source: The Daily Times-Karachi) - Summary: The government of Pakistan's Sindh Province has declared tomorrow, Saturday, April 4, 2009, a one-off public holiday to commemorate the 30th death anniversary of PPP founder and former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

3-Apr-2009

Honduras

Honduras Declares Early Start For Easter Week Public Holidays (Source: La Prensa-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Late last night, the Government of Honduras announced that it had added one day to the annual 9-day Holy Week public holidays given to the public sector, due to the same day's "triumph" of the Honduras football team against Mexico's. The public sector will therefore be on holidays from Friday, April 3, until Sunday, April 12, 2009, inclusively. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

3-Apr-2009

Jamaica

Jamaica Reverting To August 1st Public Holiday (Source: Jamaica Information Service-Kingston) - Summary: Jamaica's Information Service has issued a release stating that, in 2009, the Emancipation Day public holiday would be observed on Saturday, August 1st. Links: full story and other Jamaica news and updates.

2-Apr-2009

The Gambia

Gambia Declares Public Holiday Tomorrow For CAN Victory (Source: Agence de Presse Africaine-Banjul) - Summary: Gambia's President, Yaya Jammeh, has declared a one-off public holiday for tomorrow, Friday, April 3, 2009, to celebrate the victory of the under-17 national football club (aka. the Baby Scorpions) in the Coupe d'Afrique des nations in Algeria. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

2-Apr-2009

Jamaica

Jamaica Tending Towards Days In Lieu For Saturday Public Holidays (Source: The Jamaica Observer-Kingston) - Summary: Jamaica's Labour and Social Security Minister, Pearnel Charles, has announced that Monday, August 3, 2009, would be a public holiday in Jamaica, as the August 1st Emancipation Day public holiday falls on a Saturday in 2009. Links: full story and other Jamaica news and updates.

1-Apr-2009

Lebanon

Lebanon Declares Easter Mondays As Public Holidays (Source: The Daily Star-Beirut) - Summary: The government of Lebanon has declared both Easter Mondays (Catholic and Orthodox) as one-off public holidays for 2009 (both Good Fridays are already annual public holidays in Lebanon). Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.


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