Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates January 2010


 
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This monthly recap of January 2010 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

29-Jan-2010

Bolivia

Bolivia Officially Maintains Catholic Public Holidays (Source: La Razón-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of the Presidency, Óscar Coca, has officially announced that the cabinet had decided to maintain all traditional Catholic public holidays. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

29-Jan-2010

India

India Extends January 30 Public Holiday To Himachal Pradesh (Source: Punjab Newsline Network-Shimla) - Summary: The government of India's State of Himachal Pradesh has declared Saturday, January 30, 2010, as a gazetted holiday, instead of the previously announced restricted holiday, on account of Guru Ravi Dass Birthday. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

28-Jan-2010

Philippines

Philippines Senate Set To Vote On Chinese New Year Holiday (Source: The Inquirer-Manila) - Summary: Philippines Senate Bill 136, declaring Chinese New Year an annual special working holiday, has been approved at the committee level in the Senate, and is expected to reach the Senate floor for a vote in early February. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

27-Jan-2010

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares January 30 Public Holiday In Sindh (Source: INN-Karachi) - Summary: The Government of Pakistan's State of Sindh has declared Saturday, Safar 14, 1431AH (January 30, 2010) as a regional public sector holiday, on the occasion of Urs of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

26-Jan-2010

Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Declares Post-Election Public Holiday (Source: The Sun-St.Kitts and Nevis) - Summary: Today has been declared a one-off, post-election, public holiday in St. Kitts and Nevis on the occasion of the victory, yesterday, of the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party at the polls. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

26-Jan-2010

Seychelles

Seychelles 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Seychelles-Victoria) - Summary: The government of the Seychelles has announced the official list of public holidays in the Seychelles for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.

25-Jan-2010

Romania

Romania January 24 Public Holiday Update (Source: Financiarul-Iasi) - Summary: At yesterday's celebrations of the 151st anniversary of the reunification of Wallachia and Moldavia, the President of Romania, Traian Basescu, went on record as supporting the addition of January 24 to the list of official public holidays in Romania. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

25-Jan-2010

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Declares January 27 Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Mirror-Colombo) - Summary: Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, D. Dissanayaka, has announced that Wednesday, Janauary 27, 2010, the day after the presidential elections, would be a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

25-Jan-2010

Argentina

Argentina Conflicted About Bicentennial Public Holidays (Source: La Nación-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's federal government and the government of Argentina's Capital Territory (Buenos Aires) are in conflict over proposed plans to extend the upcoming May 25 public holiday marking Argentina's bicentennial. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

24-Jan-2010

Honduras

Honduras Declares January 27 Public Sector Holiday (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' Minister of the Interior, Óscar Raúl Matute, has announced that Wednesday, January 27, 2010, would be a one-off public sector holiday to coincide with that day's passation of power to President-elect Porfirio Lobo Sosa. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

23-Jan-2010

Malaysia

Malaysia Public Holiday Today In Johor (Source: Bernama-Johor Baharu) - Summary: Following the death, last night, of the Sultan of Malaysia's State of Johor, Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, the State's Chief Minister, Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, has declared today a one-off regional public holiday in Malaysia's State of Johor. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

22-Jan-2010

Mongolia

Mongolia 2010 Tsagaan Sar Public Holidays Announced (Source: The UB Post-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: The Government of Mongolia has announced that the official dates for this year's, "Year of the Tiger", Tsagaan Sar public holidays will be February 14, 15, and 16, 2010. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

21-Jan-2010

Estonia

Estonia Amends Public and National Holidays Act (Source: Estonia's Official Gazette- Riigi Teataja-Tallinn) - Summary: Estonia's parliament has approved the Public and National Holidays Act Amendment Act (RT I 2010, 7, 27) which amends the current legislation governing public holidays, days off, and national holidays in Estonia. Links: full story and other Estonia news and updates.

21-Jan-2010

Bhutan

Bhutan Elections Postponed To After August (Source: The Bhutan Observer-Thimphu) - Summary: Bhutan's Chief Election Commissioner, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, has announced that the local government (LG) elections, and the public holiday associated with them, would be postponed until the fall of 2010. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

20-Jan-2010

Madagascar

Madagascar 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: At the last council of government, Madagascar's Ministère de la Fonction Publique du Travail et des Lois sociales announced the official list of 2010 public holidays in Madagascar. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.

20-Jan-2010

China

China Tourism Day Holiday Update (Source: Xinhua-Hunan) - Summary: The first results of a Chinese government sponsored online poll to solicit public opinion on a date for "national tourism day" are coming in with speculation that local governments are "forging fake support" for their recommendations. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

20-Jan-2010

South Africa

South African President Rules-Out February 11 Public Holiday (Source: Fin24-Johannesburg) - Summary: South African President, Jacob Zuma, has announced that, February 11, 2010, the date of his upcoming State of the Nation address would not be a public holiday, as had been widely rumoured. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

20-Jan-2010

Bolivia

Bolivia Declares January 22 Public Holiday (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Earlier today, Bolivia's Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Welfare, Calixto Chipana, announced that the Bolivian Government had declared Friday, January 22, 2010, as a one-off national public holiday, to coincide with Juan Evo Morales Ayma's second inauguration as President of Bolivia. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

17-Jan-2010

Argentina

Argentina Announces October 27 Census Public Holiday (Source: Analisis Digital-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has signed the executive decree No. 67/2010 which specifies that the next national census will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, and that this date will be a national non-working public holiday (la fecha será declarada feriado nacional). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

17-Jan-2010

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Declares New December 14 Sectorial Holiday (Source: State News Agency of Turkmenistan-TDH) - Summary: At this week's enlarged meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, Turkmenistan's President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, announced the decision to celebrate the Day of Oil and Gas Industry Workers and Geologists each year on December 14. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

17-Jan-2010

Angola

Angola Declares CAN 2010 Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: AngoNotícias-Luanda) - Summary: The governor of the Provincial Government of Luanda, Francisca do Espirito Santo, has declared a half-day regional public holiday for tomorrow afternoon, Monday, January 18, 2010, on the occasion of that day's CAN 2010 football game. Links: full story and other Angola news and updates.

17-Jan-2010

India

India Declares Regional Public Holidays Tomorrow (Source: Punjab Newsline-Chandigarh) - Summary: The Indian State Governments of Punjab and West Bengal have declared a one-off public holiday for tomorrow, Monday, January 18, 2010, to mark the passing away of the former Chief Minister of West Bengal and C.P.M Leader, Jyoti Basu, who died in Kolkata earlier today. Links: other India news and updates.

15-Jan-2010

The Bahamas

Bahamas 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Government of the Bahamas-Nassau) - Summary: The Bahamas' Cabinet Office has issued a communique announcing the official Bahamas public holidays for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other The Bahamas news and updates.

15-Jan-2010

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Declares January 18 Public Holiday (Source: Kongo Times-Kinshasa) - Summary: The DRC's ministre de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Prévoyance sociale, Ferdinand Kambere Kalumbi, has issued a communiqué declaring Saturday and Monday, January 16 and 18, 2010, as nationwide public holidays in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

14-Jan-2010

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Declares 2-Day Mourning Period (Source: El Día-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, has issued decree 29-10 declaring Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, 2010, as a period of national mourning following this week's earthquake in neighboring Haiti. Links: other Dominican Republic news and updates.

14-Jan-2010

Madagascar

Madagascar Public Sector Holiday Tomorrow (Source: La Tribune de Madagascar-Antananarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's Haute autorité de transition (HAT) has issued the décret n°2010-016 du 14 janvier 2010, which declares Friday, January 15, 2010, as a one-off public sector holiday. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.

14-Jan-2010

Nepal

Nepal Declares Tomorrow Eclipse Public Holiday (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: The Government of Nepal has declared Friday, January 15, 2010, a public holiday on account of that date's expected annular partial solar eclipse. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

13-Jan-2010

Bhutan

Bhutanese 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bhutan Broadcasting System-Thimphu) - Summary: The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has released its official list of public holidays for the year 2010. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

13-Jan-2010

Indonesia

Indonesia Declares 2-Day Public Holidays In Bali (Source: Antara News Agency-Bali) - Summary: The Governor of Indonesia's Province of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, has declared January 14 and 15 as province-wide one-off public holidays on the occasion of the Siwaratri Day (contemplation day for our sins) Hindu festival. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

12-Jan-2010

Bahrain

Bahrain Aligns Private And Public Sector Holidays (Source: Gulf Daily News-Manama) - Summary: Bahrain's Shura Council has backed an amendment to the new "Private Sector Employment Law", currently being debated by parliament, that would align the annual holidays and public holidays of the private sector on those of the public sector. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

12-Jan-2010

Ethiopia

Ethiopia 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) - Summary: The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the expected dates of 2010 public holidays in Ethiopia. Links: full story and other Ethiopia news and updates.

11-Jan-2010

Romania

Romania Rules-Out Year-End Public Sector Holidays in 2010 (Source: Romaniapress-Bucharest) - Summary: Romania's Minister of the Economy, Adriean Videanu, has announced that, in 2010, public sector employees would no longer be forced into unpaid, year-end, public sector holidays. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

11-Jan-2010

Mozambique

Mozambique Declares January 14 Public Holiday (Source: Agencia de Informção de Moçambique-Maputo) - Summary: Mozambique's Ministry of Labour (MITRAB) has released a press communiqué announcing that Thursday, January 14, 2010, the date of Armando Guebuza's inauguration as the President of Mozambique. Links: full story and other Mozambique news and updates.

11-Jan-2010

South Africa

South Africa Could Consider January 8 Public Holiday (Source: The Cape Times-Cape Town) - Summary: The Eastern Cape secretary to South Africa's ruling ANC party, Oscar Mabunyane, has confirmed that the issue of declaring a January 8, ANC birthday public holiday, would be raised during the party's national general council meeting in September. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

11-Jan-2010

Swaziland

Swaziland Traditional Public Holidays Uproar (Source: The Times of Swaziland-Mbabane) - Summary: Over the past weekend, Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, and his Principal Secretary, Mduduzi Magongo, have lashed-out at diary publishers that have already published 2010 diaries showing the dates for the Umhlanga and Incwala public holidays. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

10-Jan-2010

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis Elections On January 25 (Source: Caribbean Daily News-Basseterre) - Summary: Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Denzil Douglas, has announced that general elections in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis would be held on Monday, January 25th, 2010. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

9-Jan-2010

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Confucius Public Holiday Update (Source: South China Morning Post-Hong Kong) - Summary: Hong Kong lawmaker, Chan Kam-lam, has announced that he would move a Legislative Council motion next Wednesday demanding that the Hong Kong SAR government make Confucius' Birthday a new annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

8-Jan-2010

Ukraine

Ukraine To Declare Divisive WWI Holiday (Source: RT-Kiev) - Summary: Ukraine's President, Viktor Yushchenko, has signed a decree that establishes a holiday dedicated to Ukrainian soldiers who fought on the side of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, against Russia, during WWI. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

8-Jan-2010

San Marino

San Marino 2010 Public Holidays Released (Source: Banca Centrale della Repubblica di San Marino-San Marino) - Summary: San Marino's Central Bank has published the San Marino Government's official 2010 list of public holidays in San Marino. Links: full story and other San Marino news and updates.

8-Jan-2010

Latvia

Latvian 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Latvijas Banka-private communication) - Summary: The government of Latvia has announced additional public holidays on May 3rd, June 25th and November 19, 2010. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

7-Jan-2010

North Korea

North Korea Rules Out January 8 Public Holiday In 2010 (Source: The Daily NK-North Pyongan Province) - Summary: North Korea's Central Committee of the Party has confirmed that North Korea would observe Kim Jong Eun's birthday on Friday, January 8th, 2010, but only in the form of events restricted to officials, not as an official public holiday. Links: full story and other North Korea news and updates.

7-Jan-2010

Malta

Malta 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Malta Department of Information-Government of Malta) - Summary: Malta's Department of Information has published its official list of public holidays for the calendar year 2011. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

7-Jan-2010

Brazil

Brazilian Parliament Considers March 8 National Public Holiday (Source: Portal da Câmara dos Deputados-Brasilia) - Summary: The Committee on Education and Culture (SCC) of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, has sent back, without comment, the Projeto de Lei 5701/09, of deputy Marcos Antonio (PRB-PE), which would declare the March 8, Dia da Mulher (International women's Day), as an annual national public holiday in Brazil. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

7-Jan-2010

Taiwan

Taiwan Legislates Hakka Day Holiday (Source: Taiwan Today-Taipei) - Summary: On Tuesday, Taiwan's Legislature passed the Hakka Basic Act aimed at promoting Hakka language and culture, and obliging the government to designate a national Hakka Day holiday. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

6-Jan-2010

Slovenia

Slovenian 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bank of Slovenia-Ljubljana) - Summary: The Bank of Slovenia has announced the official list of 2010 bank holidays and public holidays in Slovenia. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.

6-Jan-2010

North Korea

North Korea To Add January 8 Public Holiday (Source: The Chosun Ilbo-Seoul) - Summary: The North Korean government is apparently getting ready to declare January 8 as a new annual national (public) holiday to commemorate the birthday of leader Kim Jong-Il's third son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-Un. Links: full story and other North Korea news and updates.

6-Jan-2010

Argentina

Argentina Declares Another 2 Public Holidays For Chilean Elections (Source: Info BAE-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The government of Argentina has declared 2 days of public sector holidays, on Friday, January 15, and Monday, January 18, 2010, for all Chilean public servants to participate in their country's elections. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

6-Jan-2010

Egypt

Egypt January 25 Public Holiday Confirmed (Source: The Egyptian Gazette-Cairo) - Summary: The Egyptian government has confirmed that January 25, "Police Day", would be observed as a non-working public holiday, starting in 2010. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

5-Jan-2010

Nepal

Nepal Pressed For 5-day Lhosar Public Holiday (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: The Nepalese government is being pressed by the Tamang community to declare a 5-day public holiday to celebrate "Taak" Lhosar (Tiger New Year 2846). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

5-Jan-2010

Spain

Spain's Stock Markets To Remain Open Tomorrow (Source: ABC-EFE) - Summary: For the second time ever, all 4 of Spain's stock markets will remain open tomorrow, on the January 6, nationwide Epiphany public holiday. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

5-Jan-2010

Venezuela

Venezuela Declares Public Sector Holidays For 2010 (Source: Gaceta Oficial de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela-Caracas) - Summary: The list of official public sector holidays in Venezuela has been gazetted for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

5-Jan-2010

Maldives

Maldives 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: President's Office-Male) - Summary: The government of the Maldives has released its official list of public holidays for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

5-Jan-2010

Guinea

Guinea Considering Upcoming One-Off Public Holiday (Source: Kababachir-Conakry) - Summary: Guinea's communications minister, Idrissa Cherif, has announced that the government of Guinea Conakry planned to declare a one-off public holiday on the occasion of the "upcoming" return to Guinea of junta leader, Moussa Dadis Camara. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

4-Jan-2010

Philippines

Philippines Restores Eid al-Adha As National Public Holiday (Source: Official Gazette-Republic of the Philippines) - Summary: Late last month, Philippines' President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA), signed into law Republic Act 9849 which declares the tenth day of Zhul-Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, a national non-working public holiday to coincide with the annual observance of Eidul Adha. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

4-Jan-2010

Syria

Syria 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of the Economy-Damascus) - Summary: The Syrian government has announced the expected dates of 2010 public holidays in Syria. Links: full story and other Syria news and updates.

4-Jan-2010

Tunisia

Tunisia 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Portail du Gouvernement Tunisien-Tunis) - Summary: The Tunisian government has announced the expected dates of 2010 public holidays in Tunisia Links: full story and other Tunisia news and updates.

3-Jan-2010

Israel

Israel To Consider Hebrew Language Holiday (Source: Ynet News-Jerusalem) - Summary: Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced that the Israeli cabinet will soon declare a national day for the revival and research of the Hebrew language. Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.

3-Jan-2010

Libya

Lybia Announces 2010 Public Holidays Dates (Source: Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science-LCRSSS) - Summary: The Libyan government, after consultations with the Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science (LCRSSS) has announced the expected dates of 2010 public holidays in Libya. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

3-Jan-2010

Kiribati

Kiribati 2009 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Parliament of Kiribati-Tarawa) - Summary: The government of Kiribati has published its official list of 2010 public holidays in Kiribati. Links: full story and other Kiribati news and updates.

3-Jan-2010

Lebanon

Lebanon 2010 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms-Republic of Lebanon) - Summary: The Government of Lebanon has published a revised list of official Lebanese public holidays for 2010. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

2-Jan-2010

Bolivia

Bolivia Confused About New June Public Holiday (Source: El Día-La Paz) - Summary: The 2010 agenda, recently released by the Palacio Quemado (the seat of Bolivia's executive branch) is causing confusion, as it omits June 21st from the list of 2010 Bolivian public holidays. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

2-Jan-2010

Suriname

Suriname Announces 2010 Public Holidays (Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname-Paramarimbo) - Summary: The government of Suriname has released the list of its expected public holidays dates for 2010. Links: full story and other Suriname news and updates.

2-Jan-2010

Swaziland

Swaziland Declares Monday A Public Holiday (Source: The Swazi Observer-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Home Affairs Minister, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, has finally announced the date of the upcoming Incwala public holiday as Monday, January 4, 2010. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

1-Jan-2010

Mongolia

Mongolia Public Holidays Reform Update (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: Just before the Western New Year recess, Mongolia's Parliament discussed a renewed revised draft law on the national holidays of Naadam. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

1-Jan-2010

Grenada

Grenada 2010 Public Holidays Revised (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada-St George's) - Summary: The government of Grenada has released a revised official list of 2010 public holidays. Links: full story and other Grenada news and updates.


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