Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates March 2010


 
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This monthly recap of March 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

31-Mar-2010

Macau

Macau Declares Additional 2011 Public Holidays (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Chief Executive has announced 4 additional, one-off, public holidays (Special Grant for exempt from work by The Chief Executive) for 2011. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

31-Mar-2010

Cape Verde

Cape Verde Declares April 1st Public Sector Holiday (Source: Expresso das Ilhas-Praia) - Summary: The government of Cape Verde has declared a one off public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) on Thursday, April 1st, 2010, for Maundy Thursday. Links: full story and other Cape Verde news and updates.

31-Mar-2010

Argentina

Argentina Confirms Bicentennial Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Interior-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's Interior Minister, Florencio Randazzo, has announced that the Executive had sent a bill to Congress to declare Monday, May 24, 2010, a one-off public holiday on the occasion of Argentina's bicentennial. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

31-Mar-2010

Ecuador

Ecuador Easter Public Holidays Update (Source: Ministerio De Trabajo y Empleo-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's Ministro de Relaciones Laborales, Richard Espinoza, has announced that the upcoming Easter public holidays would begin on Friday, April 2, and last until Sunday, April 4, 2010. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

30-Mar-2010

Philippines

Philippines Declares March 31 Half-Day Public Sector Holiday (Source: GMA News-Manila) - Summary: Deputy presidential spokesman, Ricardo Saludo, has announced that Philippines President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, had declared a half day public sector holiday on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, "to allow more time for goverment employees to prepare for the long legal holiday on April 1-2 and the special non-working holiday on April 3". Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

30-Mar-2010

Bhutan

Bhutan SAARC Public Holidays Update (Source: Kuensel-Thimphu) - Summary: The police chief of Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, brigadier Kipchu Namgyal, has said that discussions were going on within the government to declare a school holiday during days of the upcoming SAARC summit. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

30-Mar-2010

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Taoist Public Holiday Update (Source: China Daily-Hong Kong Edition) - Summary: Leung Tak-Wah, the Vice-chairman of Hong Kong's Taoist Association has announced that, next week, he will petition the HKSAR government to declare Laozi's birthday a statutory public holiday in Hong Kong. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

30-Mar-2010

Bolivia

Bolivia Maintains Good Friday Public Holiday (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Carmen Trujillo, has announced that Bolivia's Ministerio de Trabajo, and its cabinet, has decided to maintain Good Friday as an official public holiday in 2010. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

30-Mar-2010

Paraguay

Paraguay Declares Half-Day Public Holiday (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's president, Fernando Lugo, has signed executive decree 4.135 declaring the afternoon of Wednesday, March 31, 2010, tomorrow, a one-off public sector holiday, beginning at 11:00, local time. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

29-Mar-2010

Macedonia

Macedonia Announces Easter Public Holidays (Source: Macedonian Information Agency-MIA) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced that the upcoming second day of Easter (Monday, April 5, 2010) will be a non-working public holiday for all citizens in the Republic of Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

29-Mar-2010

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares April 2 and 5 Public Holidays (Source: Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and Communications-Abuja) - Summary: The Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, April 2nd, and Monday, April 5th, 2010, as nationwide official non-working public holidays in Nigeria. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

28-Mar-2010

Macedonia

Macedonia Declares March 30 Tree Planting Public Holiday (Source: Macedonian Information Agency-MIA) - Summary: The government of Macedonia has declared next Tuesday, March 30, 2010, as the 5th Tree-Planting national non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

27-Mar-2010

Philippines

Philippines Declare April 3 Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Information Agency-PIA) - Summary: The Labor and Employment Secretary of the Philippines, Marianito Roque, has announced Proclamation No. 2029, which declares Saturday, April 3, 2010, as a special (non-working) nationwide public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

26-Mar-2010

El Salvador

El Salvador Declares Monsignor Romero National Day (Source: La Nación-San Salvador) - Summary: El Salvador's Legislative Assembly has decided to declare March 24 as Monsignor Romero National Day. Links: full story and other El Salvador news and updates.

26-Mar-2010

South Africa

South African 2011-2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: South African Department of Education-Pretoria) - Summary: The Department of Education of South Africa has announced the dates of the special one-off bridge holidays for schools, for the calendar years 2011 and 2012. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

25-Mar-2010

Panama

Panama Declares Maundy Thursday Public Sector Holiday (Source: La Estrella-Panamá City) - Summary: Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has signed the Decreto Ejecutivo No. 214, which declares the afternoon of Thursday, April 1st, 2010, as a one-off public sector holiday, beginning at noon. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

25-Mar-2010

Micronesia

Micronesia Declares March 31st Public Holiday (Source: FSM Information Services-Pohnpei) - Summary: The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Emanuel (aka. Manny) Mori, has signed into law legislation that creates a new annual March 31st public holiday called "Micronesian Culture and Traditions Day". Links: full story and other Micronesia news and updates.

25-Mar-2010

Taiwan

Taiwan Confirms Children's Day Public Holiday (Source: The China Times-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior has officially confirmed that, beginning in 2011, Children's Day will once again be a national public holiday, to be observed annually on April 4th. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

25-Mar-2010

Jersey

Jersey May 9 Day In Lieu Public Holiday Update (Source: The Jersey Evening Post-Saint Helier) - Summary: The States of Jersey (Jersey's Parliament) have voted against another recent bill that would have compensated those who had to work on the upcoming Liberation Day public holiday, on Sunday, May 9, 2010. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

25-Mar-2010

Venezuela

Venezuela Declares Weeklong Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información-Caracas) - Summary: Venezuela's President, Hugo Chávez, has announced that the entire upcoming Holy Week, March 29 to April 2, had been declared as non-working public holidays in Venezuela, to lighten the load on Venezuela's power grid. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

24-Mar-2010

Georgia

Georgia Could Add More Ethnic Public Holidays (Source: The Georgian Times-Tbilisi) - Summary: The press secretary for Georgia's president, Manana Manjgaladze, has announced that it was quite possible that holidays of various ethnic groups could also be declared as official non-working national public holidays in Georgia. Links: full story and other Georgia news and updates.

23-Mar-2010

Seychelles

Seychelles Ruling Party Wants March 8 Public Holiday (Source: Seychelles Nation-Victoria) - Summary: At its recent general conference, the Seychelles' ruling party, the Parti Lepep, has asked the government of the Seychelles to declare March 8th as a new annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.

23-Mar-2010

Russia

Russian Government Proposes Orthodox Public Holiday (Source: The Moscow Times-Moscow) - Summary: The Russian government has submitted a bill (About the Days of War Glory of Russia) to the State Duma (parliament) that would declare a new non-working public holiday on July 28, the date of the Baptism of Rus, when Russian Orthodox believers commemorate Prince Vladimir, who was christened Rus in 988. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

23-Mar-2010

Turkey

Turkey Nevruz Public Holiday Update (Source: Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) - Summary: At Sunday's open air celebration of Nevruz at Kazliçesme in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu district, Siirt BDP Deputy Osman Özçelik, repeated the call for March 21 be declared an annual official non-working public holiday in Turkey. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

23-Mar-2010

Nepal

Nepal Sued Over Bisket Jatra Public Holiday (Source: MyRepublica-Kathmandu) - Summary: Yesterday, a writ petition was filed in Nepal's Supreme Court demanding that a public holiday be declared on the last day of the Nepali month of Chaitra for Bisket Jatra. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

23-Mar-2010

Argentina

Argentina Clarifies April 2 Double Public Holiday (Source: Telam-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The government of Argentina has confirmed that there would be no additional, day in lieu, public holiday to compensate the fact that this year's Good Friday falls on the same date as the annual, April 2, Día del Veterano y de los Caídos en Malvinas, public holiday. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

22-Mar-2010

Vietnam

Vietnamese Public Holidays Legislation Draft 3 (Source: Electronic Government Portal of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam-Hanoi) - Summary: The Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, has released a third draft of the currently being discussed revised version of the Vietnamese Labour code which regulates the list of, and dates of, non-working public holidays in Vietnam. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

22-Mar-2010

Mexico

Mexico Centennial Public Holiday Update (Source: NTR Zacatecas-México) - Summary: The President of Mexico's Senate Committee on Legislative Review, Alejandro Zapata Perogordo, has announced that he would introduce new legislation to exceptionally observe this year's Revolution Day public holiday on Monday, November 22, 2010. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

21-Mar-2010

Fiji

Fiji Scraps 2 Annual Public Holidays (Source: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation-Suva) - Summary: Fiji's Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has announced that Fiji's Cabinet had decided to amend the "Employment Relations Promulgation Act" and thus remove 2 annual public holidays from the list of official annual public holidays in Fiji. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

21-Mar-2010

Lebanon

Lebanon Announces Upcoming Easter Public Holidays (Source: iLoubnan-Beirut) - Summary: The Cabinet of the government of Lebanon has issued an official memo declaring that all public institutions will remain closed on April, 2nd, 3rd and 5th, of 2010, on the occasion of the upcoming Easter holidays. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

20-Mar-2010

Georgia

Georgia Declares Nowruz Public Holiday (Source: Trend News-Tbilisi) - Summary: Georgia's President, Mikheil Saakashvili, has declared tomorrow, Sunday, March 21, 2010, an official non-working public holiday in Georgia, on account of that day's Nowruz, spring equinox, holiday. Links: full story and other Georgia news and updates.

20-Mar-2010

Nepal

Nepal Declares Tomorrow A Public Holiday (Source: Reuters-Kathmandu) - Summary: Following the death, this morning, of Nepal's former prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, the government of Nepal has declared tomorrow, Sunday, March 21, 2010, a public holiday. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

19-Mar-2010

Singapore

Singapore 2010 Deepavali Public Holiday Date Confirmed (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced that the date of the upcoming Deepavali public holiday had been confirmed as Friday, November 5, 2010. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

19-Mar-2010

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares Regional Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Government of Sindh-Karachi) - Summary: The government of Pakistan's Province of Sindh has announced that tomorrow, Saturday, March 20, 2010, would be a regional non-working public holiday in connection with the martyrdom day of Soriah Badishah Hazrat Pir Sibghatillah Shah Shaheed. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

19-Mar-2010

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Extends Upcoming Novruz Public Holidays (Source: Turkmenistan Government Information Agency-Ashgabad) - Summary: During this week's meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has announced that he had signed a decree extending the 2-day annual Novruz, Spring Holiday, public holiday for a 3rd day, Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

18-Mar-2010

Philippines

Philippines Declares May 10 Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer-Manila) - Summary: Philippines President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has signed Proclamation 2020, declaring May 10, 2010, the date of the upcoming national elections, a special public non-working holiday throughout the country. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

18-Mar-2010

Taiwan

Taiwan Ex-VP Calls For March 23 Public Holiday (Source: Taiwan News Online-Taipei) - Summary: Former Taiwan Vice President, Annette Lu, has called for March 23 to be celebrated as National Sovereignty and Independence Memorial Day to mark the anniversary of the first direct presidential elections in 1996. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

17-Mar-2010

Chile

Chile Bicentennial Public Holidays Update (Source: La Segunda-Santiago) - Summary: The recently nominated executive secretary of Chile's Bicentennial committee, Julio Dittborn, has announced that his proposal for 2 additional public holidays to mark this year's Chilean bicentennial had the approval of many in Congress, as well as that of the new President of Chile. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

17-Mar-2010

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Announces Holy Week Public Sector Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez Gomez, has announced that the government public sector of Nicaragua would be on public holidays for the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 27, until Sunday, April 4, 2010, inclusively. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

16-Mar-2010

Fiji

Fiji Postpones March 22 Public Holiday (Source: Radio Fiji-Suva) - Summary: Fiji's Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has announced that, as a consequence of the recent passage of Hurricane Tomas, the National Youth Day public holiday, set for next Monday, March 22, 2010, has now been declared a normal workday and school day. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

16-Mar-2010

Iran

Iran 2010-2011 Public Holidays (Source: Islamic Consultative Assembly-Majlis) - Summary: Iran's Islamic Consultative Assembly has approved the list of official public holidays in Iran for the Persian year 1389, running from March 21, 2010, to March 20, 2011. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

15-Mar-2010

Malaysia

Malaysia Updates Johor State Public Holidays (Source: Portal Rasmi Kerajaan Negeri Johor Darul Tazim-Kota Iskandar) - Summary: The State Secretary of Malaysia's State of Johor has announced modified dates, effective immediately, for the 2 Johor State public holidays commemorating the Johor Sultan's Birthday and the previous Sultan's Hari Hol Almarhum. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

15-Mar-2010

India

India Declares March 22 Bihar Divas Public Holiday (Source: The Bihar Times-Patna) - Summary: The government of India's State of Bihar has announced a new public holiday, Bihar Day (Bihar Divas), to be celebrated on March 22, annually. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

14-Mar-2010

Fiji

Fiji Declares Cyclone Bank Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Reserve Bank of Fiji-Suva) - Summary: The Reserve Bank of Fiji (Fiji's Central Bank) has declared Monday, March 15, 2010, a one-off public holiday for all financial institutions in Fiji. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

14-Mar-2010

Thailand

Thailand Rules-Out March 15 Public Holiday (Source: The Bangkok Post-Bangkok) - Summary: A spokesman for Thailand's acting government, Panithan Wattanayagorn, has announced that Thailand's cabinet had decided not to declare a one-off public holiday on Monday, March 15, 2010. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

14-Mar-2010

Nepal

Nepal Declares Ghodejatra Public Sector Holiday (Source: eKantipur-Kathmandu) - Summary: Nepal's Home Ministry has announced that it had decided to declare Monday, March 15, 2010, a one-off public sector holiday in all the government offices, in the Kathmandu Valley, to mark the Ghodejatra festival. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

13-Mar-2010

UK

UK Promised New Public Holiday (Source: The Times-London) - Summary: The UK's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has promised a new annual public holiday (or "bank holiday" as public holidays are called in the UK) called "Pride in Britain Day", but only once economic recovery from the current downturn is secure. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

13-Mar-2010

Argentina

Argentina To Nationalize School Holidays (Source: El Diario de Madryn-Madryn) - Summary: Argentina's minister of education, Mirtha Romero, has confirmed that it plans to eliminate all provincial public holidays from the list of Argentine's school holidays. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

12-Mar-2010

Ecuador

Ecuador Adds Diversity Holiday (Source: Prensa Latina-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's Asamblea Nacional (parliament) has passed a bill that declares a new annual, September 19, national holiday to commemorate the birth anniversary of indigenous leader Tránsito Amaguaña. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

11-Mar-2010

Argentina

Argentina Bicentennial Public Holidays Update (Source: 0223.com-Mar del Plata) - Summary: The mayor of Mar del Plata, has met with Argentina's Interior Minister, Florencio Randazzo, yesterday, to join his voice to the chorus of politicians asking him to enact a one-off public holiday on Monday, May 24, 2010. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

11-Mar-2010

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Declares Holy Week Public Sector Holidays (Source: La Nación-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Arias, has announced that Costa Rican public sector workers and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 27, until Sunday, April 4, 2010, inclusively. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

10-Mar-2010

Honduras

Honduras Declares Holy Week Public Sector Holidays (Source: La Tribuna-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The government of Honduras has announced that public sector employees would get the entire Holy Week as public holidays, thus benefiting from public holidays from March 27 to April 4, 2010. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

10-Mar-2010

Iraq

Iraq Announces Upcoming Regional Public Holidays (Source: Kurdistan Regional Government-Erbil) - Summary: The secretary of Iraq's Kurdistan Region National Assembly, Muhammad Khoshnaw, has confirmed that Thursday, March 11, and Sunday, March 14, 2010, would be regional public sector holidays throughout Kurdistan. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

9-Mar-2010

Malaysia

Malaysian Sabah State Public Holiday Amended (Source: Sabah State Government-Kota Kinabalu) - Summary: The State Secretary of Malaysia's State of Sabah, Datuk Sukarti Wakiman, has announced that, effective this year, the official state public holiday for the celebration of the "Yang Dipertua Negeri" (head of state's birthday) would be moved to the first Saturday of October. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

7-Mar-2010

Guernsey and Alderney

Guernsey May 9th 2010 Might Not Be Public Holiday (Source: Channel Online-St. Peter Port) - Summary: The States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) are considering declaring this year's May 9th a regular working day to compensate the extra public holiday on Monday, May 10, 2010. Links: full story and other Guernsey and Alderney news and updates.

6-Mar-2010

Rwanda

Rwanda Re-Declares March 8 Public Holiday (Source: The New Times-Kigali) - Summary: During a cabinet meeting chaired by Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame, yesterday, it was decided that Monday, March 8, 2010, would be an official non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Rwanda news and updates.

5-Mar-2010

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Adds Day To Novruz Public Holidays (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has added one day, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, to this year's Novruz public holidays. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

5-Mar-2010

Thailand

Thailand Could Declare March 12 Public Holiday (Source: Bangkok Post-Bangkok) - Summary: There are reports in Thailand's press that the Government of Thailand might declare a one-off public holiday on Friday, March 12, 2010, 2 days before the date when the opposition "red-shirts" rally is to be held in Bangkok. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

5-Mar-2010

Nauru

Nauru Public Holiday March 8 (Source: The Government of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The president of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, in his capacity as Minister for Home Affairs, has declared Monday, March 8, 2010, as a non-working public holiday in Nauru on the occasion of International Women's Day. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

5-Mar-2010

Spain

Spain 2011 Public Holidays For La Murcia (Source: TelePrensa-Murcia) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of La Murcia has released its calendar of official public holidays for 2011. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

3-Mar-2010

Ghana

Ghana Confirms March 6 and 8 Public Holidays (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Martin Amidu, has confirmed that Saturday, March 6, 2010, would be a statutory non-working public holiday in Ghana. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

3-Mar-2010

Togo

Togo Declares March 4 Public Holiday (Source: Etiame-Lome) - Summary: The government of Togo has declared the date of the upcoming Presidential elections, Thursday, March 4, 2010, as a one-off electoral public holiday. Links: full story and other Togo news and updates.

2-Mar-2010

Iraq

Iraq Declares Additional Electoral Public Holidays (Source: Aswat al-Iraq-Baghdad) - Summary: The Council of Ministers of Iraq's Province of Kurdistan region has announced official regional public holiday from Thursday, March 4, until Monday, March 8, 2010, inclusively, in response to a request from the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

1-Mar-2010

Anguilla

Anguilla Confirms March 2 Public Holiday (Source: Anguilla Express-The Valley) - Summary: The new Anguillan cabinet of Chief Minister Hubert Hughes has announced in Parliament that Tuesday, March 2, 2010, will be a public holiday to honor the father of the nation, James Ronald Webster. Links: full story and other Anguilla news and updates.


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