Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates December 2009


 
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This monthly recap of December 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-Dec-2009

Chad

Chad Public Holidays August 11-12 (Source: Agence Tchadienne de Presse-N’Djamena) - Summary: The President of Chad, Idriss Déby Itno, on a recommendation of his Prime Minister, Youssouf Saleh Abbas, has decreed that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Independence of Chad annual, August 11, non-working public holiday in Chad, would be extended to a second non-working public holiday in Chad, on Thursday, August 12, 2010. Links: full story and other Chad news and updates.

31-Dec-2009

Swaziland

Swaziland Announces Date Of Incwala Main Day (Source: The Swazi Observer-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Home Affairs Minister, Chief Mgwagwa Gamadze, has announced that the main day of the upcoming Incwala would on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

31-Dec-2009

Montenegro

Montenegro Announces January Public Holidays (Source: The Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro-Podgorica) - Summary: Montenegro's Ministry of Labor has announced that January 1 and 2 as well as January 6, 7 and 8, 2010, would be non-working public holidays in Montenegro. Links: full story and other Montenegro news and updates.

31-Dec-2009

Zambia

Zambian President Calls For December 29 Public Holiday (Source: The Lusaka Times-Lusaka) - Summary: Zambian President, Rupiah Banda, said that the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation should be retained in the Republican Constitution and that December 29th should be marked as an annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

30-Dec-2009

Nauru

Nauru 2010 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 2010. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

30-Dec-2009

Dominica

Dominica Declares January 4 Public Holiday (Source: GIS Press Release-Roseau) - Summary: Dominica's Government Information Services has issued a press release announcing that Monday, January 4, 2010, had been declared a one-off, post-election, public holiday. Links: full story and other Dominica news and updates.

30-Dec-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Confirms January 1st Bank Holiday (Source: State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan has confirmed that it, and all offices of SBP Banking Services Corporation, inclusive of Public Debt Offices, would remain closed for public dealing on Friday, January 1, 2010, which as per tradition, has been declared as bank holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

30-Dec-2009

UAE

UAE Rules-Out New Year Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of Education and Chairman of the Human Resources Authority, Humaid Mohammad al-Qutami, has issued a circular confirming that the UAE's federal government ministries, departments and establishments will resume their duty on Sunday, January 3, 2010, after the January 1st Gregorian year public holiday. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

29-Dec-2009

Bahrain

Bahrain 2010 New Year Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bahrain News Agency-Manama) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa, has issued a circular concerning non-working public holidays associated with the upcoming Gregorian New Year. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

29-Dec-2009

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Declares January 8 Public Holiday (Source: Gazeta-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has declared a one-off bridge public holiday on Friday, January 8, 2010. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

29-Dec-2009

Norway

Norway 2012 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Norges Bank-Oslo) - Summary: Norway's Central Bank (Norges Bank) has published the list of bank holidays in Norway for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Norway news and updates.

29-Dec-2009

Nepal

Nepal Declares Tamu Lhosar Public Holiday (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has declared a non-working public holiday for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30, 2009, on the occasion of the upcoming Tamu Lhosar (the New Year of the Gurung indigenous community). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

29-Dec-2009

Belarus

Belarus 2010 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 2010. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

28-Dec-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares Sindh Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: The News-Karachi) - Summary: The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has announced a one-off regional public holiday throughout the Province of Sindh, on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, to mourn the deaths of Karachi's recent blast victims. Links: other Pakistan news and updates.

28-Dec-2009

Lithuania

Lithuanian 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bank of Lithuania-Vilnius) - Summary: The Government of Lithuania has announced the dates of official public holidays in 2010 in Lithuania. Links: full story and other Lithuania news and updates.

28-Dec-2009

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares 3-Day Mourning In Niger State (Source: The Independent-Lagos) - Summary: Nigeria's Niger State Government has declared three days of mourning following the death of Maryam Babangida who is expected to be buried in Minna on Wednesday. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

27-Dec-2009

UK

UK Votes Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee Public Holiday (Source: Mail on Sunday-London) - Summary: Last night, the UK Parliament approved a bill creating an additional one-off public holiday to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, in 2012. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

26-Dec-2009

Portugal

Portugal's December 1st Public Holiday Under Fire (Source: Correio da Manhã-Lisbon) - Summary: The Vice-President of Portugal's employers' association (Associação Empresarial de Portugal or AEP) has called on the government of Portugal to cancel the December 1st annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

25-Dec-2009

India

India To Consider Pongal Public Holiday In Kerala (Source: The Hindu-Palakkad) - Summary: The Chief Minister of India's State of Kerala, V.S. Achuthanandan, has promised a delegation of the Kerala State Tamil Protection Council that the Kerala state government would consider its request to declare a public holiday for Makarapongal. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

25-Dec-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Approves New Labour Law (Source: Kuwait Times-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's National Assembly has unanimously passed the long-debated new labour law giving the private sector much improved rights and benefits, including an increased number of public holidays. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

25-Dec-2009

Russia

Russia Considers Renaming January 7 Public Holiday (Source: News.Az-Baku) - Summary: The Russian Orthodox Church has proposed declaring January 7, the anniversary of Napoleon's expulsion from Russia in 1812, as a national holiday. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

24-Dec-2009

British Virgin Islands

BVI Confirms December 28 Public Holiday (Source: BVI News-Road Town) - Summary: The Deputy Governor's Office of the British Virgin Islands has announced that Monday, December 28, 2009, would be a public holiday to be observed as Boxing Day in lieu of Saturday, December 26. Links: full story and other British Virgin Islands news and updates.

24-Dec-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: Earlier today, Pakistan's Ministry of Interior, in consultation with Karachi's Meteorological Department, issued the expected dates for public and optional holidays for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

24-Dec-2009

Algeria

Algerian Public Holiday December 27 (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian public sector ministry (Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique) has announced that Sunday, December 27, 2009, had been declared a paid non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée) on account of the upcoming Achoura. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

24-Dec-2009

French Polynesia

French Polynesian 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Journal Officiel de la Polynésie Française-Papeete) - Summary: The Council of Ministers of French Polynesia has released the Arrêté n° 2009-2291/CM which officially declares the list of French Polynesian public holidays for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other French Polynesia news and updates.

23-Dec-2009

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Confirm December 28 Public Holiday (Source: Cayman 27-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Cayman Islands' Governor-in-Cabinet amended the Schedule to the Law on holidays, yesterday, thus officially making Monday, December 28, 2009, this year's public holiday associated with Boxing Day. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

23-Dec-2009

Paraguay

Paraguay Declares Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Última Hora-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's president, Fernando Lugo, has signed Decreto Presidencial Nº 3.693, which declares public sector holidays for the afternoon of Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2009, starting at 11:00. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

23-Dec-2009

Philippines

Philippines Year-End Bank Holidays Update (Source: Business World-Manila) - Summary: Most of the largest banks in the Philippines have announced that select branches would remain open to the public over the coming holidays period. Links: other Philippines news and updates.

23-Dec-2009

Malta

Malta Year-End Bank Holidays Update (Source: Gozo News-Valetta) - Summary: Malta Bankers' Association has announced that Saturday, December 26, 2009, and Saturday, January 2, 2010, had been declared bank holidays and that, as such, all commercial banks would be closed for business on both those days. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

22-Dec-2009

Ecuador

Ecuador Rules-Out Additional Year-End Public Holidays (Source: El Universo-Guayaquil) - Summary: Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa, has put an end to persistent rumours that the government was getting ready to declare both Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2009, as additional one-off non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

22-Dec-2009

Honduras

Honduras Announces Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: La Tribuna-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' Interior Minister (Ministro de Gobernación y Justicia), Oscar Raúl Matute, has declared public sector holidays for the afternoon of Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2009. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

22-Dec-2009

Malawi

Malawi Declares 10-Day Public Sector Holidays (Source: Nyasa Times-Lilongwe) - Summary: Malawi's State President, Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa<\i> Mutharika, in his capacity as Minister responsible for the Civil Service, has granted an additional 3-day period of public holidays, from Tuesday, December 29, to Thursday, December 31, 2009. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

22-Dec-2009

Argentina

Argentina Declares Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Telam-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and Interior Minister, Florencio Randazzo, have co-signed Decree 2090/2009 which declares public sector holidays on Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2009. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

22-Dec-2009

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Announces Year-End Financial Holidays (Source: Banco Central de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Central Bank has announced that it will be closed on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, and that as such, there will be no trading, foreign exchange, clearing or settlement activity. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

22-Dec-2009

Bahrain

Bahrain Announces Ashura Public Holidays Dates (Source: Bahrain News Agency-Manama) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa, has issued a circular announcing that Bahrain's ministries and establishments will be closed on December 26th and 27th, 2009, to mark Ashura for the Islamic year 1431. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

22-Dec-2009

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Punch-Lagos) - Summary: Nigeria's Minister of the Interior, Dr. Shettima Mustapha, acting on behalf of President Umaru Yar'Adua, has declared Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25, 2009, as well as Friday, January 1, 2010 as nationwide public holidays. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

21-Dec-2009

Monaco

Monaco 2010 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 2010. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

20-Dec-2009

Jordan

Jordanian 2010 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 2010. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

20-Dec-2009

Jersey

Jersey Bill Would Declare May 10 Public Holiday (Source: BBC News-Saint Helier) - Summary: Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, has introduced legislation that would make Monday, May 10, 2010, a one-off day in lieu public holiday, to compensate the fact that next year's Liberation Day public holiday falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

19-Dec-2009

Dominica

Dominica Announces January Post-Election Public Holiday (Source: Dominica News-Roseau) - Summary: Following his re-election to a 3rd term in office, last night, Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that his government would declare a public holiday in the month of January, "to celebrate and savor the achievement of our having conducted a peaceful and conclusive process of electing a new government". Links: full story and other Dominica news and updates.

19-Dec-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Considering 4-Day Public Holidays (Source: The Nation-Lahore) - Summary: The government of Pakistan has announced that it was considering linking this year's December 25 public holiday with the upcoming Ashura public holiday on December 28, 2009, to create a 4-day period of public sector holidays. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

18-Dec-2009

Guinea

Guinea Declares December 23 Public Holiday (Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks-IRIN) - Summary: The "Council for Democracy and Development" government of Guinea Conakry has declared Wednesday, December 23, 2009, as a one-off public holiday to commemorate the 1st anniversary of its arrival in power. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

18-Dec-2009

Mozambique

Mozambique Declares December 24 Public Sector Holiday (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 Thursday, December 24, 2009. Links: full story and other Mozambique news and updates.

17-Dec-2009

Slovenia

Slovenia Announces Year-End Financial Markets Holidays (Source: Ljubljana Stock Exchange-LJSE) - Summary: The Ljubljana Stock Exchange has announced that it would be closed for trading on both Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2009. Links: other Slovenia news and updates.

17-Dec-2009

Romania

Romania Announces Year-End Financial Markets Holidays (Source: Bucharest Stock Exchange-BSE) - Summary: The Bucharest Stock Exchange has announced that it would be closed from December 25, 2009, until January 3, 2010, inclusively. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

17-Dec-2009

Philippines

Philippines Announces ARMM Islamic New Year Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Information Agency-PIA) - Summary: The acting Governor of the Philippines' Autonomous Region Muslim Mindao (ARMM), Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong, has declared Friday, December 18, 2009, as a non-working public holiday on account of the Islamic New Year (Amon Jadid). Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

17-Dec-2009

Ukraine

Ukraine Declares Additional January 2010 Bank Holidays (Source: National Bank of Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: Ukraine's Central Bank, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), has declared January 1-3 and January 7-10, 2010, as periods of bank holidays. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

17-Dec-2009

Guatemala

Guatemala Amends Bank Holidays (Source: Superintendencia de Bancos de Guatemala-Guatemala City) - Summary: The supervisory organ of the Guatemalan Government in charge of the banking sector (Superintendencia de Bancos de Guatemala) has revised the list of annual bank holidays in Guatemala and afferent rules thereto. Links: full story and other Guatemala news and updates.

17-Dec-2009

Bahrain

Bahrain Declares December 20 Financial And Public Sector Holiday (Source: Central Bank of Bahrain-Manama) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, has released a communique declaring Sunday, December 20, 2010, as a day in lieu public sector holiday, for all ministries and governmental bodies. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

17-Dec-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Declares 2 New Year Day In Lieu Public Holidays (Source: Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs-Kuwait) - Summary: The President of Kuwait's Civil Service Bureau, Abdulaziz Al-Zabin, has announced that Sunday, December 20, 2009, would be a day in lieu public holiday to compensate this year's New Hijri Year occurring on Friday, December 18, 2009, which is a weekend day. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

16-Dec-2009

Swaziland

Swaziland Little Incwala On December 17 or 18 (Source: The Swazi Observer-Mbabane) - Summary: The acting Governor of the Ludzidzini Royal Residence, Timothy Velabo Mthethwa, has announced that the Little Incwala, attended by King Mswati III, will take place on tomorrow or Friday. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

16-Dec-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgarian 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Sofia News Agency-Novinite) - Summary: In its last weekly meeting, earlier today, the Bulgarian Cabinet declared 2 additional non-working public holidays for next year; the first on Friday, May 7, and the second on Friday, December 31st, 2010. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

16-Dec-2009

Lebanon

Lebanon Confirms December 18 Public Holiday (Source: El Nashra-Beirut) - Summary: The Presidency of Lebanon's Council of Ministers has confirmed that the date of the upcoming "Nouvel An islamique" public holiday would be Friday, December 18, 2009. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

16-Dec-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait December 20 Public Holiday (Source: National NCS) - Summary: We have received unconfirmed reports that Kuwait had declared a day in lieu public holiday on Sunday, December 20, 2009, in conjunction with the Islamic new year 1431. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

16-Dec-2009

Oman

Oman Extends Scope Of Islamic New Year Public Holiday (Source: Oman News Agency-ONA) - Summary: Oman's Manpower Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, has issued a ministerial decision declaring a non-working public holiday at private sector companies and establishments on Saturday, December 19th, 2009, on the occasion of the new Hijri year 1431 A.H. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

15-Dec-2009

UAE

UAE Announces Islamic New Year Private Sector Holidays (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: Earlier today, the UAE's Ministry of Labour announced that, as per Article 74 of Federal Law No. 8/ 1980, Friday, December 18, 2009 (the first day of Muharram, 1431 Hijri, which marks the start of the new Hijri calendar year), would be a paid public holiday for all workers at companies and establishments of the UAE's private sector. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

15-Dec-2009

Thailand

Thailand Declares 2 Additional Public Holidays (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Bangkok) - Summary: E earlier today, Thailand's deputy government spokesman, Phumin Leethiraprasert, announced that the Thai Cabinet had decided to declare 2 additional bridge public holidays in 2010, one to extend the April Songkran public holidays and the other for Her Majesty the Queen's birthday public holiday. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

15-Dec-2009

Oman

Oman Announce Islamic New Year Public Holiday (Source: Oman News Agency-ONA) - Summary: Oman's Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the Civil Service Council, Sayyid Ali bin Hamoud al-Busaidi, has issued a circular declaring a day in lieu public sector holiday at ministries, public authorities and other departments of the State administrative apparatus, on Saturday, December 19, 2009, on the occasion of the "Holy Prophet's Hijra Anniversary" [sic] and advent of the Hijiri new year 1431 AH. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

14-Dec-2009

UAE

UAE Rules Out Islamic New Year Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Gulf News-Kuwait City) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Human Resources Authority, Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami, has announced that the Islamic New Year would begin on Friday, December 18, 2009, and that federal and government organizations would remain open on Thursday, December 17, 2009. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

14-Dec-2009

Cape Verde

Cape Verde 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 Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2009. Links: full story and other Cape Verde news and updates.

12-Dec-2009

Myanmar

Myanmar Confirms Upcoming Kayin New Year Public Holiday Date (Source: Myanmar Government Site-Yangoon) - Summary: The government of Myanmar has confirmed the date of the upcoming Kayin New Year public holiday, as Wednesday, December 16, 2009. Links: full story and other Myanmar news and updates.

11-Dec-2009

Qatar

Qatar Changes Date Of National Day Public Holiday (Source: Qatari News Agency-QNA) - Summary: Qatar's Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Sheikh Nasser bin Mohamed bin Abdul Aziz al-Thani, has announced that the date of the upcoming National Day public holiday had been moved from Friday, December 18, to Thursday, December 17, 2009. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

11-Dec-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Confirms December 23 Electoral Public Holiday (Source: Trend News Agency-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijani Central Elections Commission Spokesman, Azar Sariyev, has confirmed that the date of the upcoming municipal elections, December 23, 2009, will be a one-off, non-working, electoral public holiday in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

11-Dec-2009

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Declares 10-Day Public Holidays In January (Source: News Agency AKIpress-Bishkek) - Summary: The government of Kyrgyzstan has declared the period of Friday, January 1, to Sunday, January 10, 2010, inclusively, as non-working public holidays throughout Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

10-Dec-2009

Venezuela

Venezuela 2010 Bank And Public Holidays Announced (Source: Consejo Bancario Nacional-Caracas) - Summary: The National Bank Council of Venezuela has announced the list of official dates for the 2010 public holidays and bank holidays in Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

10-Dec-2009

Cameroon

Cameroon Confirms Islamic New Year Holiday Status (Source: Prime Minister's Office Republic of Cameroon-Yaoundé) - Summary: The government of Cameroon has confirmed that the upcoming Islamic New Year (aka. Al-Hijra, or simply, Muharram) would be observed on Friday, December 18, 2009, in Cameroon. Links: full story and other Cameroon news and updates.

9-Dec-2009

Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos 2009 Public Holidays Revised Again (Source: The TCI Journal-Grand Turk) - Summary: The Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Gordon Wetherall, has declared Monday, December 28, 2009, as a one-off, day in lieu, public holiday. Links: full story and other Turks and Caicos Islands news and updates.

9-Dec-2009

Spain

Spain's Catalan Region Asking For Leeway In Public Holidays Dates (Source: El País-Barcelona) - Summary: The Minister of Labour of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia, Mar Serna, is asking the central government for more flexibility in moving mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

9-Dec-2009

New Zealand

New Zealand Clarifies Christmas And New Year Public Holidays (Source: NZ Department of Labour-DOL) - Summary: The New Zealand Department of Labour has sent us an email to clarify the implications of the upcoming December 26 and January 2 public holidays falling on a Saturday. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

9-Dec-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Could Change Date Of Christmas Public Holiday (Source: Sofia News Agency-Novinite) - Summary: The Bulgarian Orthodox Church could soon decide to revert to the usage of the Julian Calendar, meaning that the Christmas public holiday in Bulgaria would be celebrated on January 7 instead of December 25. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

8-Dec-2009

China

China 2010 Public Holidays Schedule Announced (Source: State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: Earlier today, the State Council of China released China's official list of 2010 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and for the traditional spring and fall, week-long, Golden Week public holidays. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

8-Dec-2009

Finland

Finland Asked To Restore Whit Monday Public Holiday (Source: Helsingin Sanomat-Helsinki) - Summary: Over the past weekend, the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church synod drafted a proposal calling on the Finnish government to restore Whit Monday as an official non-working public holiday in Finland. Links: full story and other Finland news and updates.

8-Dec-2009

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico 2010 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado-ORHELO) - Summary: The public sector's human resources department of the government of Puerto Rico (ORHELA) has released the "Memorando Especial Núm. 28 - 2009", which amends the list of public sector holidays for the year 2010. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

7-Dec-2009

Sudan

Sudan Declares Public Holiday Today (Source: Reuters-Khartoum) - Summary: Late last night, the government of Sudan declared today, Monday, December 7, 2009, as a one-off public holiday to coincide with the final day for voters to register for the upcoming presidential, parliamentary and local elections. Links: full story and other Sudan news and updates.

7-Dec-2009

Argentina

Argentina Declares 2 Public Holidays For Chilean Elections (Source: Ministerio del Interior-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The government of Argentina has declared 2 days of public sector holidays, on Friday, December 11, and Monday, December 14, 2009, for all Chilean public servants to participate in their country's elections. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

7-Dec-2009

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda 2010 Year-End Public Holidays Clarified (Source: Government of Antigua and Barbuda-St. John's) - Summary: The government of Antigua and Barbuda has released an official announcement to the effect that "the General Public is hereby notified that Monday, December 28, 2009, is not a public holiday". Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

7-Dec-2009

Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2009-2010 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez Gómez, has announced that MITRAB (Ministerio del Trabajo) had declared public sector holidays from Thursday, December 24, 2009, until Sunday, January 3, 2010, inclusively. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

7-Dec-2009

Paraguay

Paraguay Declares Half-Day Public Sector Holiday (Source: Portal Paraguayo de Noticias-PPN) - Summary: Overnight, Paraguay's president, Fernando Lugo, signed executive decree 3.573 making the afternoon of Monday, December 7, 2009, today, a one-off public sector holiday, beginning at 12:00, local time. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

6-Dec-2009

South Korea

South Korea Announces 2010 Public Holidays (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute has announced the official dates of the 2010 South Korean public holidays that are based on the Korean lunar calendar. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

5-Dec-2009

Armenia

Armenia Declares January 1 to 10 Public Holidays (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: Armenian Culture Minister, Hasmik Poghosyan, has announced that the government of Armenia had decided to amend the "Law on Armenian Holidays and Memory Days", adding 7 non-working public holidays, around the time of Christmas. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

5-Dec-2009

Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands Release 2010 Public Holidays List (Source: St. John Source-St. John) - Summary: The government of the US Virgin Islands has released its official list of public holidays for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Virgin Islands, U.S. news and updates.

5-Dec-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan State Flag Day Passed Into Law (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: Yesterday afternoon, Azerbaijan's Parliament (Milli Majlis) passed the pending bill on "Amendments and annexes to the Labor Code", creating a new, "State Flag Day", annual non-working public holiday on November 9th. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

4-Dec-2009

Moldova

Moldova Declares Western Christmas Public Holiday (Source: Jurnal-Chisinau) - Summary: Moldova's Prime Minister, Vladimir Filat, has announced that his government had decided to declare Friday, December 25, 2009, Western Christmas, for the first time as a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

4-Dec-2009

Monaco

Monaco 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bulletin Officiel de la Principauté-Monaco) - Summary: Monaco's State Ministry has published the list of official public holidays (liste des jours chômés et payés) in Monaco for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

4-Dec-2009

USA

USA: California Votes Public Sector Holidays Reduction (Source: The State Worker-Sacramento) - Summary: The Assembly Rules Committee of the American State of California has voted to eliminate Lincoln's Birthday and Columbus Day from the lower house's 2010 holiday calendar. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

4-Dec-2009

Anguilla

Anguilla 2010 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 2010. Links: full story and other Anguilla news and updates.

3-Dec-2009

Chile

Chilean Senate Approves December 13 Public Holiday (Source: La Estrella-Valparaiso) - Summary: By a vote of 20 for, and 3 abstentions, Chile's Senate has approved the recent bill that would declare a public holiday on the morning of December 13, 2009. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

2-Dec-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Declares December 31 Public Holiday (Source: Sofia News Agency-Novinite) - Summary: Earlier today, the Bulgarian government announced that it had decided to declare New Year's Eve, on December 31, 2009, as a national non-working public holiday, thus creating a 4-day public holidays period. Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

2-Dec-2009

Nepal

Nepal Declares Udhauli Public Holiday Today (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: Nepal's Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar, has announced that this year's Udahuli Sakela festival (aka. Mangshir Purnima) would be a nationwide public holiday this year. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

1-Dec-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Announces 5-Day New Year Public Holidays (Source: Trend News Agency-Baku) - Summary: The head of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers Press Service, Akif Ali, has announced that the 5-day period from December 31, 2009, until January 4, 2010, would be non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

1-Dec-2009

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Declares December 18 Bridge Public Holiday (Source: Gazeta-Astana) - Summary: Earlier today, the government of Kazakhstan gazetted the governmental order 1936, declaring Friday, December 18, 2009, a one-off bridge public holiday. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

1-Dec-2009

Albania

Albanian 2010 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 2010. Links: full story and other Albania news and updates.


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