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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2010

This monthly recap of April 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

30-Apr-2010

Belarus

Belarus Declares Exceptional May 10 Public Holiday (Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus has issued a resolution declaring Monday, May 10, 2010, as a one-off, day in lieu, non-working public holiday in Belarus, to compensate the fact that this year's, May 9th, 65th anniversary of the Great Victory over fascism falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

30-Apr-2010

Gabon

Gabon Declares May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Gouvernement de la République Gabonaise-Libreville) - Summary: The Gabonese Minister of Labour (Ministre du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Prévoyance Sociale), Maxime Ngozo Issondou, has announced that Saturday, May 1st, 2010, had been declared as a paid non-working public holiday throughout Gabon (la journée du samedi 1er mai est déclarée fériée, chômée et payée sur l'étendue du territoire national). Links: full story and other Gabon news and updates.

30-Apr-2010

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Announces May Public Holidays (Source: Media portal Gazeta-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has announced the dates of non-working days related to the upcoming public holidays in the month of May 2010. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

29-Apr-2010

Bahrain

Bahrain Declares May 2 Substitute Public Holiday (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued a May Day circular announcing that all ministries, government departments and institutions would close on Saturday, May 1, 2010, for the International Workers' Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

29-Apr-2010

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Announces May 2010 Public Holidays (Source: AKI Press-Bishkek) - Summary: The Labor Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has announced the upcoming working and non-working days in connection with the May 2010 public holidays in Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

28-Apr-2010

Ghana

Ghana Declares May 3 Public Holiday (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Martin A. B. K. Amidu, has announced that Ghana's President, John Evans Atta Mills, had issued an Executive Instrument declaring Monday May 3, 2010, a statutory public holiday throughout Ghana. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

28-Apr-2010

Philippines

Philippines Declares May 3 Public Holiday (Source: ABS-CBN News-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' Presidential Executive Secretary, Leandro Mendoza, has announced that, in a last-minute reversal, President Glorial Macapagal-Arroyo had decided to declare Monday, May 3, 2010, as a special non-working public holiday in lieu of May 1st, Labor Day, which falls on a Saturday this year. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

28-Apr-2010

Niger

Niger Announces May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Le Sahel-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that the upcoming May 1st public holiday would be observed on its set date of Saturday, May 1, 2010. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

27-Apr-2010

Philippines

Philippines May 1st Day In Lieu Public Holiday Unlikely (Source: GMA News-Manila) - Summary: Philippines Labor Secretary, Marianito Roque, has issued a statement that the upcoming Labor Day public holiday would be held on Saturday, May 1st, 2010, and that an additional public holiday on May 3rd, was "unlikely to be approved". Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

27-Apr-2010

Bolivia

Bolivia Rules Out May 1st Day In Lieu Public Holiday (Source: Los Tiempos-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Carmen Trujillo, has denied rumours that Monday, May 3, 2010, would be an official public holiday to compensate the fact that May 1st falls on a Saturday this year. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

27-Apr-2010

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Confirms Labour Day Public Holiday Dates (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministry of Labour has released a communique confirming that, in accordance with Article 66 of Nicaragua's Labour Code, the date of the upcoming Labour Day public holiday would be Saturday, May 1st, 2010. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

27-Apr-2010

Jordan

Jordan Announces May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordan's Prime Minister, Samir Rifai, has issued a communiqué stating that all ministries, government departments and public institutions would observe an official public holiday on Saturday, May 1, 2010, on the occasion of the upcoming International Labor Day. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

27-Apr-2010

Kenya

Kenya Could Declare April 30 Public Holiday (Source: Interim Independent Electoral Commision-Republic of Kenya) - Summary: The Chairman of Kenya's Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC), Ahmed Isaack Hassan, has asked the government of Kenya to declare Friday, April 30, 2010, as a one-off public holiday to allow people to enable Kenyans register as voters. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

26-Apr-2010

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office-BVI) - Summary: The Cabinet of the British Virgin Islands has approved and announced the list and dates of official public holidays for 2011 in the British Virgin Islands, in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Holidays Act (Cap 199). Links: full story and other British Virgin Islands news and updates.

25-Apr-2010

Australia

Australia Considering Additional NSW Public Holiday (Source: The Australian-Sydney) - Summary: The Premier of Australia's State of New South Wales (NSW), Kristina Keneally, has confirmed that the NSW government was in talks with unions over a possible extra public holiday, without committing to any change. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

24-Apr-2010

Pakistan

Pakistan Weekend Public Holidays Update (Source: Reuters-Karachi) - Summary: Pakistan's central bank has announced that, until further notice, it and all commercial banks in Pakistan would be closed on Saturdays (a regular working day in Pakistan), as part of measures to cut state electricity consumption. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

24-Apr-2010

UK

UK Unlikely To Declare St George's Day Public Holiday (Source: Press Association-London) - Summary: The UK's Conservative Party has announced that making St George's Day a public holiday (or bank holiday as public holidays are called in the UK) is not part of the Conservative Party's policy, should they win the upcoming general elections. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

24-Apr-2010

Honduras

Honduras To Consider Public Holidays Review (Source: El Tiempo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' legislative assembly (Cámara Legislativa) is considering a bill that would move many of Honduras' official public holidays to always occur on a Monday, starting on July 1st, 2010. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

23-Apr-2010

Spain

Spain Adds New Regional Public Holiday (Source: El Correo-Vizcaya) - Summary: The parliament of Spain's Autonomous Region of País Vasco (Basque Country) has approved the declaration of October 25 as the "Día del País Vasco" (Euskadiko Eguna) to commemorate the anniversary date of the Statute of Gernika in 1979. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

23-Apr-2010

Swaziland

Swaziland Announces April 26 Public Holiday (Source: Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, has announced that Monday, April 26, 2010, would be a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

22-Apr-2010

Australia

South Australia Announces 5-Day Easter Public Holiday In 2011 (Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation-Adelaide) - Summary: South Australia's Industrial Relations Minister, Paul Holloway, has announced that, in all likelihood, in 2011, South Australia will get a 5-day period of public holidays, from Good Friday to Easter Tuesday, inclusively, due to the fact that the Anzac Day public holiday will coincide with the Easter Monday public holiday in 2011. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

21-Apr-2010

Russia

Russian Parliament Considers July 28 Public Holiday (Source: RIA Novosti-Moscow) - Summary: Today, the Russian parliament's lower house is considering, in its first reading, the government-submitted draft law proposing the establishment of a new holiday for the Baptism of Rus Day, on July 28. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

21-Apr-2010

Singapore

Singapore 2011 Public Holidays Released (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced the official dates for Singapore's 2011 public holidays. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

20-Apr-2010

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Indian Arrival Day Public Holiday Update (Source: US Embassy Trinidad and Tobago-Port of Spain) - Summary: The websites of some foreign embassies in Trinidad and Tobago's capital, Port-of-Spain, have begun to update their list of local public holidays, changing the name of the upcoming May 30 public holiday from "Indian Arrival Day" to "Arrival Day". Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

19-Apr-2010

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Declares April 20 Public Holiday (Source: Radio Vanuatu-Port Vila) - Summary: Vanuatu's Head of State, President Iolu Johnson Abbil, has declared tomorrow, Tuesday, April 20, 2010, as a one-off regional public holiday in the Tongoa and Epi islands of Shefa Province. Links: full story and other Vanuatu news and updates.

19-Apr-2010

Mauritius

Mauritius Declares May 5 Public Holiday (Source: Prime Minister's Office-Port-Louis) - Summary: The government of Mauritius has informed the local news media that the date of the upcoming general elections, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, would be a one-off, non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

18-Apr-2010

Guinea

Guinea Conakry Declares April 19 Public Holiday (Source: Guinée News-Conakry) - Summary: The government of Guinea Conakry has declared a one-off, non-working, public holiday (journée chômée et payée) on Monday, April 19, 2010, to coincide with the funeral of labour leaders, Ibrahima Fofana and Hadja Magbè Bangoura, who died in a car accident Friday night. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

17-Apr-2010

Mexico

Mexico Senate Votes November Public Holiday Date Change (Source: El Universal-Ciudad de México) - Summary: Mexico's Senate has approved a bill that would move this year's Revolution Day public holiday from Monday, November 15 to Monday, November 22, 2010. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

16-Apr-2010

Mauritius

Mauritius Expected To Declare May 5 Public Holiday (Source: KotZot Mauritius Portal-Ile Maurice) - Summary: Local sources expect the date of the upcoming general elections in Mauritius, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, to be declared a one-off non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

16-Apr-2010

Uruguay

Uruguay Declares May 25 Public Sector Holiday (Source: Uruguay al Dia-Montevideo) - Summary: The Uruguayan Senate has approved a Lower House Bill that declares a one-off public sector holiday on May 25, 2010. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

15-Apr-2010

Macau

Macau 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: The government of the Macau SARE has announced the list of official Macau public holidays for the calendar year 2011. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

15-Apr-2010

Seychelles

Seychelles Approves March 8 Public Holiday Bill (Source: Seychelles Nation-Victoria) - Summary: The Seychelles National Assembly has approved a bill to declare International Women's Day, as an annual public holiday to be observed on March 8. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.

15-Apr-2010

Portugal

Portugal Announces Papal Public Holidays In May (Source: Económico-Lisboa) - Summary: The government of Portugal has finally decided to declare a national public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) on Thursday, May 13, 2010, to coincide with the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Portugal. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

15-Apr-2010

South Africa

South Africa Could Declare Census Day Public Holiday (Source: Independent Online-Johannesburg) - Summary: The communications manager of Statistics SA (South Africa's Statistics Institute), Trevor Oosterwyk, has given an interview in which it is expected that October 10, 2011, would be the date of the upcoming census in South Africa. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

15-Apr-2010

Belize

Belize 2010 Public Holidays Revised (Source: Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) - Summary: The press office of the Government of Belize has issued a revised list of 2010 public holidays. Links: full story and other Belize news and updates.

15-Apr-2010

Moldova

Moldovan Public Holidays Law Introduced (Source: Parlamentul Republicii Moldova-Chisinau) - Summary: The Moldovan government has introduced a draft law "On holidays, commemorative days and days of rest in Moldova" (nr. 262, 13 aprilie 2010). Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

14-Apr-2010

Sudan

Sudan Declares April 15 Electoral Public Holiday (Source: Al Jazeera-Nairobi) - Summary: The Secretariat-General of the Council of Ministers of the government of Sudan has declared a one-off electoral public holiday, tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, 2010, to get the maximum number of people to vote in the current elections. Links: full story and other Sudan news and updates.

12-Apr-2010

Honduras

Honduras Confirms Moving April 14 Public Holiday (Source: El Tiempo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The government of Honduras has reached an agreement with the private sector's COHEP (Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada) to move the upcoming, Día de las Américas, public holiday from April 14, to April 19, 2010. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

11-Apr-2010

Iceland

Icelandic Bank Crisis Public Holiday (Source: Pressan-Reykjavik) - Summary: The supreme court judge who chairs the commission of inquiry into the 2008 banking meltdown in Iceland, Pall Hreinsson, has suggested that the country should declare a one-off public holiday so that all Icelanders have time to read the commission's report. Links: other Iceland news and updates.

9-Apr-2010

Malaysia

Malaysia Asked For Vaisakhi Public Holiday (Source: Press Trust of India-Kuala Lumpur) - Summary: Malaysian National Sikhs Movement President, Darshan Singh, and opposition DAP party Chairman, Karpal Singh, have petitioned the Malaysian Government to declare Vaisakhi on Wednesday, April 14, which coincides with the Tamil New Year, as an official public holiday. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

8-Apr-2010

Tonga

Tonga Votes Public Holidays Act Amendments (Source: Parliament of Tonga-Nuku'alofa) - Summary: The Tongan Legislative Assembly has passed the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2010" (Act No. 10 of 2010) which moves the date of some of Tonga's official public holidays, when they fall in the middle of the week, to the nearest Monday. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

8-Apr-2010

Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2010 Queens Day Public Holiday (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: Earlier today, the Chief Islander of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha declared Thursday, April 8, 2010, to be a public holidays for the island's annual Queens Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

8-Apr-2010

Liberia

Liberia Declares April 9 Public Holiday (Source: Liberia Broadcasting System-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has declared tomorrow, Friday, April 9, 2010, as National Fast and Prayer Day. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

8-Apr-2010

Guernsey and Alderney

Guernsey 2012-2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: States of Guernsey-St. Peter Port) - Summary: The States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) has published an updated list of official public holidays to cover the period of 2010-2013. Links: full story and other Guernsey and Alderney news and updates.

8-Apr-2010

Czech Republic

Czech Republic Good Friday Public Holiday Update (Source: Radio Praha-Prague) - Summary: The 2006 Senatorial Bill to declare Good Friday an official public holiday in the Czech Republic has once again been postponed by the Czech Lower House. Links: full story and other Czech Republic news and updates.

6-Apr-2010

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Declares Friday Electoral Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Mirror-Colombo) - Summary: Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, D. Dissanayaka, has announced that the government of Sri Lanka had declared Friday, April 9, 2010, the day following the upcoming parliamentary elections, a special non-working public and bank holiday. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

5-Apr-2010

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares Gombe State Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Gombe State Government of Nigeria-Gombe) - Summary: The Head of Service of Nigeria's Gombe State government, Ibrahim Biri, has announced that the state had declared Tuesday, April 6, 2010, as a one-off non-working state public holiday in honour of two state senators who died last week. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

5-Apr-2010

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico 2011 Public Holidays Announced (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. 11-2010", which lists the public sector holidays for the calendar year 2011. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

2-Apr-2010

China

China Declares Shanghai World Expo Public Holidays (Source: CNReviews-Shanghai) - Summary: The Shanghai government has extended the upcoming May Day public holidays period for 2 additional days to coincide with the upcoming opening of the Shanghai World Expo. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

1-Apr-2010

Belarus

Belarus Public Holiday April 12 (Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Sergei Sidorsky, has issued a decree declaring Monday, April 12, 2010, as a one-off non-working bridge public holiday in Belarus on account of the upcoming Radunitsa (Ancestors Veneration Day) on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

1-Apr-2010

Liberia

Liberia Good Friday Public Holiday Status (Source: Liberian Observer-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Friday, April 2, 2010, the upcoming Good Friday, will be a normal working day in Liberia. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

1-Apr-2010

Armenia

Armenia Declares Easter Public Holiday (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The government of Armenia has declared Monday, April 5, 2010, as a one-off public holiday on account of Easter Monday. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.


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