Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates July 2011


 
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This monthly recap of July 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

31-Jul-2011

Philippines

Philippines Rule-Out Cory Public Holiday (Source: Journal Online-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' chief of staff and media bureau chief, Ric de Guzman, has announced that Monday, August 1, 2011, the 2nd anniversary of former president Corazon Aquino, is not a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

31-Jul-2011

Kuwait

Kuwait Announces Start of Ramadan (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Ramadan Crescent Moon Sighting Committee has announced that the upcoming month of Ramadan would begin on Monday, August 1, 2011, in Kuwait. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

31-Jul-2011

Pakistan

Pakistan 2011 Ramadan Bank Holiday (Source: State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan has announced a bank holiday on the 1st day of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak, 1432 A.H (ie. Monday, August 1st, 2011). Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

31-Jul-2011

Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands Considering Diamond Jubilee Public Holiday (Source: Falkland Islands Government-Stanley) - Summary: At the last Falkland Islands General Purposes Committee of the Executive Council (Exco) meeting, the Public Diplomacy Group suggested that Monday, June 4th, 2012, be made a one-off public holiday to mark the royal diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Links: full story and other Falkland Islands news and updates.

31-Jul-2011

Nepal

Nepal Gaura Parba Public Holiday Moving To August 21 (Source: The Himalayan Times-Kanchanpur) - Summary: At a meeting of Nepal Astrologers' Council, last night, the council formally asked Nepal's Government to change the date of the public holiday associated with the upcoming Gaura Parba festival, from September 5, 2011, to Sunday, August 21, 2011. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

31-Jul-2011

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Public Holiday August 2 (Source: Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado-ORHELO) - Summary: Puerto Rico's Governor, Luis G. Fortuño Burset, has declared Tuesday, August 2, 2011, as a one-off non-working public sector holiday on account of the impending tropical storm Emily. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

30-Jul-2011

Bahrain

Bahrain Announces Start of Ramadan (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's moon-sighting committee has announced that the upcoming month of Ramadan would begin on Monday, August 1, 2011, in Bahrain. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

30-Jul-2011

Ecuador

Ecuador Declares August 12 Public Holiday (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism has announced that the upcoming, August 10, Primer Grito de Independencia del Ecuador, public holiday would be moved to Friday, August 12, 2011. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

29-Jul-2011

Guernsey and Alderney

Guernsey 2012 Jubillee Public Holiday Approved (Source: States of Guernsey-St. Peter Port) - Summary: The States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) has approved the recent proposal to declare Monday, June 5, 2012, as a one-off public holiday to commemorate Queen Elisabeth's Diamond Jubilee. Links: full story and other Guernsey and Alderney news and updates.

29-Jul-2011

Spain

Spain 2012 Canaries Public Holidays Announced (Source: Canarias Ahora-Santa Cruz De Tenerife) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno of the regional government of Spain's autonomous region of las Islas Canarias, has announced the official list of 2012 regional public holidays (calendario laboral) in the Canaries Islands. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

29-Jul-2011

South Sudan

South Sudan Declares July 30 Public Holiday (Source: Government of South Sudan-Juba) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour and Public Service of the Republic of South Sudan, through its undersecretary, Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, announced that Saturday, July 30, 2011, had been declared as a non-working public holiday marking Heroes' Day. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

29-Jul-2011

Armenia

Armenia Declares August 1st Public Holiday (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Armenian Government Staff has announced that the Armenian government had declared Monday, August 1, 2011, as a public holiday linked to the July 31 feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

29-Jul-2011

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Declares August 1st Public Holiday (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, August 1st, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming start of Ramadan. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

28-Jul-2011

Zambia

Zambia Tripartite Elections September 20 (Source: The Lusaka Times-Lusaka) - Summary: Zambia's President, Rupiah Banda, has set Tuesday, September 20, 2011, as the date for the upcoming tripartite elections. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

28-Jul-2011

India

India Declares August 8 Public Holiday (Source: The Times of India-Kolkata) - Summary: The Chief Minister of India's State of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, has declared Monday, August 8, 2011, as a one-off state public holiday on account of the 150th death anniversary of poet Rabindranath Tagore. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

28-Jul-2011

Tonga

Tonga Declares August 1st Public Holiday (Source: Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications-Nuku'alofa) - Summary: The Tongan Prime Minister's office in Nuku'alofa has announced that King George Tupou V's official birthday will be celebrated with a public holiday on Monday, August 1, 2011. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

27-Jul-2011

Bénin

Bénin Declares August 2 Public Holiday (Source: Site Officiel du président Béninois Boni Yayi-Cotonou) - Summary: A spokesman for President Boni Yayi, Marcel de Souza, has announced to the media that Tuesday, August 2, 2011, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée). Links: full story and other Bénin news and updates.

27-Jul-2011

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares August 1 and 10 Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez Gómez, has issued a communique announcing that Monday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 10, 2011, would be a fully-paid public holidays (asueto remunerado) in the city of Managua ("para todas las personas que laboran exclusivamente en el municipio de Managua"). Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

27-Jul-2011

Argentina

Argentina Senate Approves February 27 Public Holiday (Source: Parlamentario-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The Senate of Argentina has approved a bill which would declare February 27, 2012, as a one-off nationwide public holiday to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Creation and First Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of Argentina. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

26-Jul-2011

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico 2012 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. 17-2011", which lists the public sector holidays for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

26-Jul-2011

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Announces Ramadan Dates (Source: Azeri-Press Agency-APA) - Summary: The Shamakhy astrophysical observatory of the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan has published dates of the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

26-Jul-2011

Macedonia

Macedonia Declares August 2 Public Holiday (Source: Macedonian Information Agency-MIA) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labor and Social Policy has announced that Tuesday, August 2, 2011, would be an official non-working public holiday for all citizens of Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

25-Jul-2011

Greece

Greece 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Bank of Greece-Athens) - Summary: The Bank of Greece, Greece's Central Bank, has released the list of official non-working public holidays in Greece for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Greece news and updates.

25-Jul-2011

UK

UK Moving Towards Cornish Public Holiday (Source: The Guardian-London) - Summary: The corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee of the UK's City Council of Cornwall have approved the idea of making St Piran's Day into a new annual regional bank/public holiday on March 5th. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

24-Jul-2011

Malaysia

Malaysia To Declare Additional Hari Raya Aidilfitri Public Holiday (Source: The Borneo Post-Kuching) - Summary: The Director of Public Communication and Corporate Affairs of the government of Malaysia's State of Sarawak, Bakrie Zaini, has announced that the Sarawak State government had finally declared an additional public holiday for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

24-Jul-2011

Australia

Australia Rules-Out Cadel Evan Public Holiday (Source: The Herald Sun-Melbourne) - Summary: Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced that, contrary to widespread rumours, she would not declare a one-off public holiday to celebrate the upcoming assured victory of Cadel Evan in this year's Tour de France bicycle race. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

23-Jul-2011

Philippines

Philippines Announces End of Ramadan Public Holiday (Source: GMA News Online-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' deputy presidential spokesperson, Abigail Valte, has announced that the President planned to declare Tuesday, August 30, 2011, as a national non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming End of Ramadan festival. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

22-Jul-2011

Macau

Macau Declares Additional 2012 Public Holidays (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Chief Executive has announced 6 additional, one-off, public holidays (Special Grant for exempt from work by The Chief Executive) for 2012. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

22-Jul-2011

China

China Declares Universiade Public Holidays (Source: China Daily-Shenzhen) - Summary: The Chinese State Council has approved the declaration of August 11-14 and August 22-24, 2011, as one-off, public holidays to coincide with the upcoming Universiade Games in Shenzhen. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

21-Jul-2011

Russia

Russian 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Russian Government has announced an RF Government Resolution, which specifies the official public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for 2012. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

21-Jul-2011

Brazil

Brazilian Bill Would Change Carnival Public Holiday Date (Source: Câmara dos Deputados-Brasilia) - Summary: The Brazilian House of Representatives is currently studying a bill which would set the Carnival public holiday to always occur on the first Tuesday of March. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

21-Jul-2011

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Moves Restoration Day Public Holiday (Source: Centro de Informacion Gubernamental-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Dominican Republic Ministry of Labour has announced that, contrary to what it had officially announced last fall, the non-working public holiday for the upcoming Restoration Day (Día de la Restauración) will be on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

20-Jul-2011

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Announces Royal Diamond Jubilee Public Holiday (Source: Cayman News Service-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Cayman Islands government has announced that it will soon gazette an extra public holiday in June 2012 to mark the royal diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

20-Jul-2011

Egypt

Egypt Declares July 24 Bank Holiday (Source: Ahram Online-Cairo) - Summary: Egypt's Central Bank has announced that all Egyptian banks would be closed on Sunday, July 24, 2011, which has been declared a bank holiday in Egypt on account of the upcoming Revolution Day. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

19-Jul-2011

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Ramadan Dates Announced (Source: AKI Press-Bishkek) - Summary: The press service of the Religious Department of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has announced the expected dates for the upcoming beginning and end of Ramadan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

19-Jul-2011

Israel

Israel 2012 Bank and Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Bank of Israel-BOI) - Summary: The Bank of Israel has officially released the list of days in 2012 which will be observed as bank and public holidays in Israel, as part of its annual announcement of the "Days on which BOI will not publish Foreign Exchange rates in 2012". Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.

18-Jul-2011

Oman

Oman Declares July 21 Bank Holiday (Source: The Central Bank of Oman-Muscat) - Summary: The Central Bank of Oman has announced that all commercial banks operating in the Sultanate of Oman would be closed on Thursday, July 21, 2011, on the occasion of the previously-announced blessed Renaissance Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

18-Jul-2011

Liberia

Liberia Declares July 26 Public Holiday (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday, July 26, 2011, as a non-working public holiday to be observed throughout the territorial confines of the Republic. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

17-Jul-2011

Australia

Australia's Victoria Opposition Calls For Extra Public Holiday (Source: Sunday Herald Sun-Melbourne) - Summary: The leader of the opposition of Australia's State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has announced that he would support the push for an extra public holiday to celebrate AFL Grand Final week, if he became premier. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

17-Jul-2011

Oman

Oman Declares July 23 Nationwide Public Holiday (Source: Oman News Agency-Muscat) - Summary: Omani authorities have announced Saturday, July 23, 2011, as the date for the upcoming Renaissance Day public holidays, for both the Omani private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

16-Jul-2011

Croatia

Croatian Public Holiday Possible December 5 or 6 (Source: Government of the Republic of Croatia-Zagreb) - Summary: Croatian President, Ivo Josipovic, is pushing for the upcoming elections to be held on Monday or Tuesday, December 5 or 6, 2011, which would mean the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in Croatia on the chosen date. Links: full story and other Croatia news and updates.

16-Jul-2011

Chile

Chilean Bill For Family Day Public Holiday (Source: Honorable Cámara de Diputados-Valparaíso) - Summary: A group of Chilean parliamentarians has tabled legislation that would declare a new annual non-working public holiday (feriado irrenunciable) for the Day of the Family (día de la familia). Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

15-Jul-2011

Cook Islands

Cook Islands New Public Holiday Approved (Source: Office of Prime Minister Organization-Avarua) - Summary: Yesterday, the Cook Islands Parliament approved the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday on July 6, called "Ra O Te Ui Ariki". Links: full story and other Cook Islands news and updates.

15-Jul-2011

Serbia

Serbia Considering October 21 Public Holiday (Source: Telegraphic Agency of New Yugoslavia-TANJUG) - Summary: Serbia's ruling coalition is contemplating declaring October 21st as a new annual non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

14-Jul-2011

Indonesia

Indonesia 2012 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat-Jakarta) - Summary: The government of Indonesia has issued a decree (Surat Keputusan Bersama tentang Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama 2012) designating public holidays and collective leave days for the calendar year 2012, for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

14-Jul-2011

Philippines

Philippines Declares July 15 ARMM Public Holiday (Source: Balita-Cotabato City) - Summary: The Acting Regional Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) of the Philippines, Ansaruddin Adiong, has declared Friday, July 15, 2011, as a one-off regional public holiday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

13-Jul-2011

Iraq

Iraq Declares July 14 Public Holiday (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The government of Iraq has declared tomorrow, Thursday, July 14, 2011, an official public holiday on the occasion of the anniversary of the revolution of July 14, 1958. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

13-Jul-2011

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Announces July 19 Public Holiday (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez Gómez, has issued a communique announcing that Tuesday, July 19, 2011, would be a fully-paid public holiday ("día de descanso obligatorio con goce de salario") for all sectors of the economy. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

13-Jul-2011

Slovakia

Slovakia Amends Public Holidays Closures (Source: Slovenská tlacová agentúra-SITA) - Summary: The parliament of Slovakia has rejected an amendment to the law on state holidays which would have had shops closed on public holidays. Links: full story and other Slovakia news and updates.

12-Jul-2011

Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Public Holiday On July 12 (Source: Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis-Basseterre) - Summary: Just after midnight, Nevis Premier-designate, Joseph Parry, declared today, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, as a one-off post-election public holiday. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

11-Jul-2011

Lesotho

Lesotho 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) - Summary: The Central Bank of Lesotho has published the official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Lesotho news and updates.

11-Jul-2011

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Shab-e-Barat Public Holiday Moved To July 18 (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: The public administration ministry of Bangladesh's government has issued a circular announcing that the upcoming public holiday for the Shab-e-Barat would be observed on Monday, July 18, instead of the previously announced date of Sunday, July 17, 2011. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

10-Jul-2011

Nigeria

Nigeria Declares July 11 Lagos Public Holiday (Source: Vanguard-Lagos) - Summary: The Governor of Nigeria's State of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, has declared Monday, July 11, 2011, as a public holiday for all public and private schools in the state. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

8-Jul-2011

Isle of Man

Isle of Man 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Isle of Man Public Services-Tynwald) - Summary: Tynwald has officially announced the actual dates of the official public holidays in the Isle of Man for 2012. Links: full story and other Isle of Man news and updates.

7-Jul-2011

Spain

Spain 2012 Basque Public Holidays Announced (Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco-BOPV) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has released its calendar of official regional public holidays (calendario laboral) for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

7-Jul-2011

Holy See

Vatican 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Prefettura della Casa Ponitificia-Vatican City) - Summary: The Vatican's Prefecture of the Papal Household has released the list of 2012 public holidays for the Vatican (aka. the Holy See) Links: full story and other Holy See news and updates.

6-Jul-2011

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Push For Nkomo Public Holiday (Source: Newsday-Harare) - Summary: Zimbabwe's Home Affairs co-minister, Kembo Mohadi, has said that he would "consider the application" when he does receive an application to have July 1 declared a national public holiday in honour of the late nationalist and former Vice-President Joshua Nkomo. Links: full story and other Zimbabwe news and updates.

5-Jul-2011

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Announces Shab-e-Barat Public Holiday (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: Bangladesh's National Moon Sighting Committee has announced that the upcoming Shab-e-Barat would be observed on July 17, 2011. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

4-Jul-2011

South Sudan

South Sudan Declares July 9-11 Public Holidays (Source: Government of South Sudan-Juba) - Summary: The Government of South Sudan has declared a 3-day period of public holidays, from Saturday, July 9, until Monday, July 11, 2011, inclusively. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

3-Jul-2011

India

Indian 2011 Public Holidays Amended (Source: The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions-New Delhi) - Summary: India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released yet another amended list of 2011 public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

3-Jul-2011

India

Indian 2012 Public Holidays Released (Source: The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions-New Delhi) - Summary: India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released the list of 2012 public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

3-Jul-2011

Portugal

Portugal Considering Public Holidays Revision (Source: Expresso-Lisboa) - Summary: As part of the current austerity measures, the Government of Portugal is considering changing the way bank holidays and public holidays are taken, in order to boost productivity. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

2-Jul-2011

Spain

Spain 2012 Galicia Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial de Galicia-DOG) - Summary: The government of Spain's Autonomous Region of Galicia has published the list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) for 2012 in Galicia. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

2-Jul-2011

Algeria

Algeria Declares July 5 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 Tuesday, July 5, 2011, had been declared as a paid non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée) on account of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

1-Jul-2011

India

India Changes Public Holiday For Birthday Of Shri Guru Gobind Singh (Source: Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions-New Delhi) - Summary: The Government of India has announced a change in the method of calculating the date of the Birthday Of Shri Guru Gobind Singh public holiday, from the solar calendar to the lunar calendar, effective immediately. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

1-Jul-2011

Venezuela

Venezuela Declares July 4 Public Holiday (Source: Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias-Caracas) - Summary: Venezuela's Executive Vice-President, Elías Jaua, has announced that Monday, July 4, 2011, would be a one-off bridge public holiday ("el día 4 de julio será decretado no laborable y festivo por la conmemoración del mes Bicentenario en el país"). Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.


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