Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2011


 
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This monthly recap of April 2011 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-2011

Argentina

Argentina Confirms August 22 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Late last night, Argentina's Minister of the Interior, Florencio Randazzo, confirmed that the 2011 annual public holiday commemorating the death of General José de San Martín would be moved from Monday, August 15, to Monday, August 22, 2011. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

30-Apr-2011

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan May 2 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: The Daily Mirror-Colombo) - Summary: Sri Lanka's Labour Ministry issued a statement last night that there would not be an additional public holiday on Monday, May 2, 2011, to compensate the fact that the annual May Day public holiday falls on a Sunday this year. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

30-Apr-2011

Ecuador

Ecuador To Declare May 6 Public Holiday (Source: Periódico Digital del Gobierno de la Revolución Ciudadana-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa Delgado, has announced that he will soon issue a decree declaring Friday, May 6, 2011, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Ecuador. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

29-Apr-2011

Angola

Angola Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: Rádio Nacional de Angola-Luanda) - Summary: The Cabinet Director of Angola's Ministry of Public Service and Social Security, Jesus Maiato, has announced that as per the recently-voted law revising Angolan official public holidays, Monday, May 2, 2011, would be a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Angola news and updates.

29-Apr-2011

Philippines

Philippines Declare June 20 Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III, has signed Proclamation 154 which declares Monday, June 20, 2011, as special non-working public holiday in the Philippines for the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

29-Apr-2011

Maldives

Maldives Declare May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Maldives President's Office Press Release-Male) - Summary: The President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has declared that May 1st, Labour Day, would be an official public holiday in the Maldives from this year onward. Links: full story and other Maldives news and updates.

29-Apr-2011

Paraguay

Paraguay's Senate Approves 3-Day May Public Holidays (Source: ABC Digital-Asunción) - Summary: Late last night, Paraguay's Senate approved a further modified version of the extended bicentennial public holidays request made earlier this month by the Comisión Nacional del Bicentenario. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

29-Apr-2011

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Announces May 2011 Public Holidays (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The Government of Kazakhstan has announced the extent of the 2011 non-working public holidays associated with the annual May 1st and May 9 non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

29-Apr-2011

The Gambia

Gambia Public Holiday May 2nd (Source: Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) - Summary: Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, has declared Monday, May 2, 2011, as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia in observance of the upcoming Workers Day / May Day. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

28-Apr-2011

Ghana

Ghana Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Benjamin Kunbuor, announced that Monday, May 2, 2011, had been declared a day in lieu public holiday due to the annual May Day statutory public holiday falling on a Sunday in 2011. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

28-Apr-2011

Jordan

Jordan Declares May 1 Public Holiday (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordanian Prime Minister, Marouf Bakhit, has issued a communiqué declaring Sunday, May 1st, 2011, as a public holiday for all ministries, government departments and public institutions. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

28-Apr-2011

Bahrain

Bahrain Declares May 1 Public Holiday (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued a circular on the upcoming May 1st, Labour Day, public holiday. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

28-Apr-2011

Argentina

Argentina Considering Moving August 15 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Argentina's ministro del Interior, Florencio Randazzo, has announced that the Argentine government was considering changing the date of this year's public holiday commemorating the death of General José de San Martín from August 15 to another date, away from the upcoming August 14, 2011, presidential primaries poll day. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

28-Apr-2011

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday May 2 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Timor Leste has decided to concede a day-off public holiday on Monday, May 2, 2011, all day, to all staff and agents of the Ministries or dependent services, as well as the institutes and organisms integrated in the State's indirect administration. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

27-Apr-2011

Spain

Spain 2012 Aragon Public Holidays Announced (Source: Gobierno de Aragón-Zaragoza) - Summary: The government of Spain's autonomous region of Aragon has announced its list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) for 2012. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

27-Apr-2011

Philippines

Philippines Rule-Out May 2 Public Holiday (Source: GMA News Online-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' presidential spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, has announced that May 2 would be considered a regular working day despite the annual May 1, Labor Day, falling on a Sunday in 2011. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

27-Apr-2011

Bermuda

Bermuda 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bermuda Department of Communication and Information-Hamilton) - Summary: The government of Bermuda, has released a list of official public holidays in Bermuda for the calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Bermuda news and updates.

26-Apr-2011

Mali

Mali Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: Conseil National du Patronat du Mali-Bamako) - Summary: Mali's Government has availed itself of the dispositions of Article 2 of the 2005 law on public holidays and declared Monday, May 2, 2011, as a one-off nationwide public holiday (journée chômée et payés sur toute l'étendue du territoire national). Links: full story and other Mali news and updates.

26-Apr-2011

Cuba

Cuba Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: The Havana Times-Havana) - Summary: Cuba's Ministry of Labor has announced that Monday, May 2, 2011, would be treated as a national non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Cuba news and updates.

26-Apr-2011

Paraguay

Paraguay's Senate Considers 4-Day May Public Holidays (Source: Ultima Hora-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on a modified version of the 4-day bicentennial public holidays request made earlier this month by the Comisión Nacional del Bicentenario. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

25-Apr-2011

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Declares May 6 Public Holiday (Source: AKI Press-Bishkek) - Summary: The Labor Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has announced that Friday, May 6, 2011, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

25-Apr-2011

Algeria

Algeria Declares May 1st Public Holiday (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian public sector ministry (Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique) has announced that Sunday, May 1st, 2011, had been declared as a paid non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée) on account of the upcoming fête des travailleurs (Labour Day). Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

25-Apr-2011

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: Centro de Informacion Gubernamental-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Dominican Republic Ministry of Labour has announced that the upcoming, May 1st, Labour Day public holiday would be moved to Monday, May 2, 2011. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

24-Apr-2011

Australia

Australian April 26 TAS Public Holiday Clarification (Source: Tasmanian Government Media Releases-Hobart) - Summary: The Workplace Relations Minister of Australia's State of Tasmania, David O'Byrne, has issues a last-minute, Sunday afternoon, press release clarifying the observance of the Easter Tuesday public holiday in Tasmania. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

24-Apr-2011

India

India Declares April 27 State Public Holidays (Source: The Hindu-Hyderabad) - Summary: The Chief Minister of India's State of Andhra Pradesh, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has declared Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a one-off state public holiday on account of the last rites of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba on that day. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

23-Apr-2011

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares April 26 Public Holiday (Source: Vanguard-Abuja) - Summary: Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Emmanuel Ihenacho, has announced that the date of the upcoming Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, would be a work-free non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

22-Apr-2011

Ukraine

Ukraine Announces Easter and May Day Public Holidays (Source: Interfax-Ukraine-Kyiv) - Summary: The Ukranian government's press service has announced the extent of the upcoming public holidays for Easter and May Day. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

22-Apr-2011

Niger

Niger Declares April 25 Public Holiday (Source: Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail du Niger-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's Minister of Labour has announced that Monday, April 25, 2011, had been declared a nationwide non-working public holiday in Niger on account of the upcoming Easter Monday holiday. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

21-Apr-2011

Canada

Canada Family Day Public Holiday In Nova Scotia (Source: The Nova Scotia Legislature-Halifax) - Summary: A bill has been introduced, to the legislature of Canada's Province of Nova Scotia, which would create a new provincial non-working public holiday on the third Monday in February. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

21-Apr-2011

The Gambia

Gambia Public Holidays April 22 and 25 (Source: Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) - Summary: Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, has declared Friday, April 22, and Monday, April 25, 2011, as non-working public holidays throughout Gambia in observance of the upcoming Good Friday and Easter Monday. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

21-Apr-2011

Philippines

Philippines Resolve Good Friday Public Holiday Conflict (Source: GMA News Online-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' President, Benigno Aquino III, has issued Administrative Order No. 12 which moves that date of this year's Earth Day to Monday, April 25, 2011, due to that day's conflict with the 2011 date of the Good Friday annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

21-Apr-2011

Macedonia

Macedonia Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: Macedonian Information Agency-MIA) - Summary: The government of Macedonia has announced that Monday, May 2, 2011, would be a non-working public holiday due to the annual May 1st Labour Day public holiday falling on a Sunday in 2011. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

21-Apr-2011

Uganda

Uganda Wants To Reduce Number Of Public Holidays (Source: The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda-Kampala) - Summary: Uganda's Prime Minister, Apolo Nsibambi, has announced that the Ugandan Government is considering reducing the number of public holidays in Uganda. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

20-Apr-2011

Bolivia

Bolivia Announces Easter Public Holidays Start (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Felix Rojas, has announced that the upcoming Easter public holidays would begin at 16:00, 4pm, on Thursday, April 21, 2011, but that this day would be worked without a midday pause. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

20-Apr-2011

Malta

Malta Declares April 25 Bank Holiday (Source: Malta Bankers Association-Valetta) - Summary: The Malta Bankers' Association has announced that Monday, April 25, 2011, had been declared a bank holiday, and that, as such, all the banks in Malta would be closed for business on that day. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

20-Apr-2011

Nigeria

Nigeria Announces Easter Public Holidays (Source: Business Day Online-Abuja) - Summary: Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Emmanuel Ihenacho, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Friday, April 22, and Monday, April 25, 2011, as non-working public holidays on account of the upcoming Good Friday and Easter Monday celebrations. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

20-Apr-2011

Montserrat

Montserrat Declares Royal Wedding Public Holiday (Source: Government of Montserrat-Brades) - Summary: The Office of the Deputy Governor of Montserrat has announced that Friday, April 29, 2011, had been declared a non-working public holiday throughout Montserrat on the occasion of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Links: full story and other Montserrat news and updates.

19-Apr-2011

Singapore

Singapore Declares May 7 Public Holiday (Source: The Straits Times-Singapore) - Summary: The Government of Singapore has declared Saturday, May 7, 2011, as a one-off public holiday on account of the upcoming polls that will be held on that day. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

19-Apr-2011

Serbia

Serbia Announces April-May Public Holidays (Source: Telegraphic Agency of New Yugoslavia-TANJUG) - Summary: Serbia's Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has announced the dates of the upcoming Easter and Labour Day public holidays. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

19-Apr-2011

Macedonia

Macedonia Announces April 2011 Public Holidays (Source: Macedonian Information Agency-MIA) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced the scope of the upcoming April 22 and April 25, 2011, public holidays. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

18-Apr-2011

Paraguay

Paraguay Public Sector Holiday April 20 (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's President, Fernando Lugo, has decreed a non-working public sector holiday for Wednesday, April 20, 2011, to let civil servants begin their Holy Week earlier. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

18-Apr-2011

Philippines

Philippines Declares April 23 Public Holiday (Source: ABS-CBN News-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' President, Benigno Aquino III, has issued Proclamation No. 150 which finally declares Saturday, April 23, 2011, as a non-working public holiday throughout the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

17-Apr-2011

Honduras

Honduras Declares April 20 Bank Holiday (Source: La Tribuna-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The Honduran Banks Association (Asociación Hondureña de Instituciones Bancarias-Ahiba) has announced that banks in Honduras would exceptionally be closed on Holy Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

16-Apr-2011

Philippines

Philippines Still Considering Black Saturday Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Philippines deputy presidential spokesperson, Abigail Valte, has announced that a proposal had been sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary to declare Black Saturday, April 23, 2011, a national non-working public holiday in the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

16-Apr-2011

Paraguay

Paraguay Declares April 19 Public Holiday (Source: La Nación-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguayan President, Fernando Lugo, has issued a decree declaring a one-off non-working public holiday on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, to coincide with the current anti-Dengue drive ("jornada nacional de lucha contra el dengue"). Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

16-Apr-2011

Lebanon

Lebanon Announces Easter Day In Lieu Bank Holiday (Source: Banque du Liban-Beirut) - Summary: The Central Bank of Lebanon has released an amended list of official Lebanese bank holidays for the year 2011. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

15-Apr-2011

Ghana

Ghana Declares 2 Easter Statutory Public Holidays (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Earlier today, Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Benjamin Kunbuor, announced that both Friday, April 22, and Monday, April 25, 2011, had been declared statutory public holidays. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

15-Apr-2011

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten Advances July 1st Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Herald-Philipsburg) - Summary: The Sint Maarten Council of Ministers signed off on a draft law to make Emancipation Day, on July 1, a new annual public holiday in Sint Maarten. Links: full story and other Sint Maarten news and updates.

15-Apr-2011

Bolivia

Bolivia Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Felix Rojas, has announced that the upcoming May 1st annual public holiday had been moved to Monday, May 2, 2011 ("el feriado del 1 de mayo se trasladará al lunes 2 del mismo mes") due to May 1st falling on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

14-Apr-2011

Réunion

Réunion Tamil Public Holidays Update (Source: Zinfos 974-Saint-Denis) - Summary: The Tamil umbrella group, Tamij Sangam, has once again officially petitioned the French Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, and the French Minister of overseas territories, Marie-Luce Penchard, to declare Tamil New Year and Deepavali as official non-working public holidays in the Réunion. Links: full story and other Réunion news and updates.

14-Apr-2011

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares May 2 Public Holiday (Source: El Nuevo Diario-Managua) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez, has issued a communique declaring that Monday, May 2nd, 2011, would be a full-day public holiday in compensation of the fact that the annual May 1st public holiday falls on a Sunday in 2011. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

13-Apr-2011

Paraguay

Paraguay Moving Towards 4-Day May Public Holidays (Source: ABC Digital-Asunción) - Summary: The Executive Council of Paraguay's Comisión Nacional del Bicentenario has announced that it had finally voted for a 4-day public holidays to commemorate the upcoming bicentennial of Paraguay's independence. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

12-Apr-2011

Honduras

Honduras Declares Holy Week Public Sector Holidays (Source: El Heraldo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The government of Honduras has officialized the declaration of a week-long, Holy Week, public holidays for Honduras' public sector. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

11-Apr-2011

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands 2011 Public Holidays Revised (Source: BVI Government Website-Road Town) - Summary: The Government of the British Virgin Islands has officially released a revised listing of the Cabinet-approved public holidays for 2011. Links: full story and other British Virgin Islands news and updates.

11-Apr-2011

Chile

Chilean Legislation Would Create Regional Public Holidays (Source: Honorable Cámara de Diputados-Valparaíso) - Summary: A bill has been introduced in Chile's Parliament which would amend the Constitution to allow the Chilean President to declare regional non-working public holidays in Chile. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

11-Apr-2011

East Timor

Timor Leste Easter 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it decided to concede a day-off public holiday on Thursday, April 21, all day, and Monday, April 25, 2011, until noon, to all staff and agents of the Ministries or dependent services, as well as the institutes and organisms integrated in the State's indirect administration. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

11-Apr-2011

India

India Declares April 14 and 16 Regional Public Holidays (Source: Press Trust of India-PTI) - Summary: The Chief Minister of the government of India's Delhi state, Sheila Dikshit, has announced that Thursday, April 14, and Saturday, April 16, 2011, would be gazetted non-working public holidays to mark the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar and Mahavir Jayanti respectively. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

10-Apr-2011

Switzerland

Switzerland Bill Would Create Thanksgiving Public Holiday (Source: 20 Minutes Online-Bern) - Summary: A member of the Swiss Parliament, Ricardo Lumengo, has announced he wants to introduce legislation to create a new annual non-working national public holiday to thank foreigners for their contribution to Switzerland. Links: full story and other Switzerland news and updates.

9-Apr-2011

Malaysia

Malaysia Considering Deepavali Public Holiday Extension (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuching) - Summary: The Human Resource Minister of Malaysia's State of Sarawak, S. Subramaniam, has announced that the Sarawak state government was considering the possibility of making Deepavali into a non-working public holiday in the State of Sarawak. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

9-Apr-2011

Laos

Laos Declares April 13-15 Pi Mai Public Holidays (Source: The Ventiane Times-Ventiane) - Summary: The Prime Minister's Office of Laos has issued a communique officially declaring April 13-15 as the dates of the upcoming Pi Mai non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Laos news and updates.

8-Apr-2011

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares 9-Day Public Sector Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez Gómez, has announced that Nicaragua's public sector workers and government services would close down for 9 consecutive days of public sector holidays on account of the upcoming Holy Week ("desde el sábado de Ramos al domingo de Pascua inclusive"). Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

8-Apr-2011

Ecuador

Ecuador Moves Regional Public Holiday (Source: El tiempo de Cuenca-Cuenca) - Summary: The governor of the Ecuadorean Province of Azuay, Leonardo Berrezueta, has announced that he had decided to move the upcoming, annual, April 12, Fundación de Cuenca public holiday to Monday, April 11, 2011. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

7-Apr-2011

Honduras

Honduras Considering Holy Week Public Sector Holidays (Source: La Prensa-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The Ministry of Tourism of Honduras has proposed moving the upcoming April 14 public holiday to Monday, April 18, 2011, and declaring the entire upcoming Holy Week as public holidays for Honduras' public sector employees. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

7-Apr-2011

Syria

Syria Promises Nayrouz Public Holiday (Source: Syrian Arab News Agency-SANA) - Summary: The government of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has promised to make the Kurdish New Year's festival of Nayrouz into an annual national public holiday, starting in 2012. Links: full story and other Syria news and updates.

6-Apr-2011

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Declares April 15 Public Holiday (Source: Sri Lankan Government News Portal-Colombo) - Summary: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Public Administration issued a circular today announcing that the government of Sri Lanka had decided to declare Friday, April 15, 2011, as a one-off special public and bank holiday. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

6-Apr-2011

Philippines

Philippines Rule-Out April 9 Public Holiday Move (Source: GMA News Online-Manila) - Summary: The Philippines government has announced that the upcoming Araw ng Kagitingan public holiday would be commemorated on a Saturday, April 9, 2011, as originally gazetted. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

6-Apr-2011

India

India Declares April 13 Puducherry Public Holiday (Source: Press Trust of India-PTI) - Summary: The State Government of the Indian State of Puducherry has declared Wednesday, April 13, 2011, as a one-off state public holiday for all government offices, institutions, local bodies and other commercial institutions on account of the upcoming assembly polls. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

6-Apr-2011

Liberia

Liberia Declares April 8 Public Holiday (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation declaring Friday, April 8, 2011, as a National Fast and Prayer Day non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

5-Apr-2011

Australia

Australia Headed Towards Melbourne Cup Public Holiday Chaos (Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation-ABC) - Summary: The Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business of the Australian State of Victoria, Louise Asher, has announced that legislation will be introduced to the Victorian Parliament this week to allow regional councils to nominate either one full day or two half-day public holidays as substitutes for Melbourne Cup Day. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

5-Apr-2011

France

France Considering Another Working Public Holiday (Source: Le Figaro-Paris) - Summary: The French government is reportedly considering the conversion of another public holiday into a working public holiday to finance long-term dependency of the elderly population. Links: full story and other France news and updates.

4-Apr-2011

Tunisia

Tunisia Public Holidays Law Gazetted (Source: Imprimerie Officielle de la République Tunisienne-IORT) - Summary: The Tunisian Government has gazetted the recently-announced change in the legislation governing non-working public holidays in Tunisia. Links: full story and other Tunisia news and updates.

4-Apr-2011

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Rules-Out April 7 Public Holiday (Source: AKI Press-Bishkek) - Summary: The Labor Ministry of Kyrgyzstan has announced that Thursday, April 7, 2011, would not be a non-working public holiday in Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

4-Apr-2011

Niger

Niger Declares April 7 Public Holiday (Source: Site De La Presidence De La Republique Du Niger-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's military junta has declared Thursday, April 7, 2011, as a one-off public holiday to coincide with the taking office of newly elected President Mahamadou Issoufou. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

4-Apr-2011

Philippines

Philippines Vote Arbor Day Public Holiday (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The Philippines' House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill reviving the annual nationwide Arbor Day non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

4-Apr-2011

Singapore

Singapore 2012 Public Holidays Released (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released the list of the official dates for Singapore's 2012 public holidays. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

4-Apr-2011

Nigeria

Nigeria Cancels April 4 State Public Holidays (Source: Vanguard-Abuja) - Summary: Nigeria's National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the National Assembly elections have been postponed until Saturday, April 9, 2011, instead of today as had been announced earlier. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

3-Apr-2011

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares Regional Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, has announced that the government had declared a public holiday on Monday, April 4, 2011. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

2-Apr-2011

Nigeria

Nigeria May Declare April 4 Public Holiday (Source: The Nation Online-Abuja) - Summary: The chairman of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, has stated that he expected Monday, April 4, 2011, to be declared a public holiday or at least a non-working day. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

1-Apr-2011

Jersey

Jersey Rejects October 19 Public Holiday (Source: BBC-Saint Helier) - Summary: The States of Jersey have rejected by a vote of 44-3, a recent bill introduced by Deputy Geoff Southern that Wednesday, October 19, 2011, the date of the next Jersey general election be declared a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

1-Apr-2011

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Senate Votes Public Holidays Amendments (Source: Portal del Senado de la República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Senate of the Dominican Republic has passed by a unanimous vote the latest version of the amendments to the Ley número 139-97 which governs the observance of mid-week public holidays. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

1-Apr-2011

Nepal

Nepal Declares Ghodejatra Public Sector Holiday Sunday (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal declared Sunday, April 3, 2011, a public holiday, in the Kathmandu Valley (ie. the Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur districts) and all government offices for the Ghodejatra festival. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

1-Apr-2011

Saint Helena

Saint Helena Declares Royal Wedding Public Holiday (Source: St Helena Government-Jamestown) - Summary: The Governor of St Helena, Andrew Murray Gurr, has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, April 29, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

1-Apr-2011

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Declares Maundy Thursday Public Sector Holiday (Source: Primera Hora-San Juan) - Summary: Puerto Rico's Governor, Luis Fortuño, has announced that the upcoming Maundy Thursday, on April 21, 2011, would be a one-off public sector holiday. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.


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