Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates December 2011


 
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This monthly recap of December 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-Dec-2011

Ukraine

Ukraine Freedom Day Holiday Canceled (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, has signed a decree which abrogates the annual, November 22, Freedom Day holiday, which had once been a non-working public holiday in the Ukraine. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

31-Dec-2011

Macedonia

Macedonian January 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced the list of non-working public holidays in Macedonia for the upcoming month of January 2012. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

30-Dec-2011

Togo

Togo Public Holiday January 2 (Source: Primature du Togo-Lome) - Summary: The government of Togo has announced that Monday, January 2, 2012, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Togo. Links: full story and other Togo news and updates.

30-Dec-2011

Iraq

Iraq Declares December 31 Public Holiday (Source: National Iraqi News Agency-NINA) - Summary: Iraq's Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, has declared tomorrow, Saturday, December 31, 2011, as a non-working national public holiday, to be named "Iraq Day". Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

30-Dec-2011

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan January 2 Public Holiday (Source: Turkmenistan Government Information Agency-Ashgabad) - Summary: Turkmenistan's President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov, has signed a decree declaring Monday, January 2, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday in connection with the upcoming celebration of the Western New Year in Turkmenistan. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

30-Dec-2011

Micronesia

Micronesia January 2 Public Holiday (Source: Yap State Government-Colonia) - Summary: The governor of Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia, Sebastian Anefal, has announced that Monday, January 2, 2011, would be an additional non-working public holiday throughout Yap State. Links: full story and other Micronesia news and updates.

30-Dec-2011

Pakistan

Pakistan Bank Holiday January 2 (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has declared Monday, January 2, 2012, as a one-off bank holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Peru

Peru 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The government of Peru has issued an executive order (Decreto Supremo No. 099-2011-PCM) declaring 8 additional public sector holidays in Peru for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Spain

Spain 2012 Navarra Public Holidays (Source: Boletín Oficial de Navarra-BON) - Summary: The Directora General de Trabajo y Prevención de Riesgos de Navarra has finally published the list of 2012 public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Región of Navarra. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Jordan

Jordan January 1st Public Holiday (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordanian Prime Minister, Awn Khasawneh, has issued an official communiqué declaring Sunday, January 1st, 2012, as an official non-working public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Gregorian New Year holiday. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Paraguay

Paraguay Bank Holiday Friday (Source: Banco Central del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's Central Bank (Banco Central del Paraguay) has announced that Friday, December 30, 2011, would be a bank holiday throughout Paraguay. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Congo (Republic)

Congo Brazzaville 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Conseil des Ministres de la République du Congo-Brazzaville) - Summary: The President of Congo Brazzaville, Denis Sassou N'Guesso, has announced that Monday, January 2, 2012, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville). Links: full story and other Congo (Republic of the) news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Bangladesh

Bangladesh January 5 Public Holiday in Comilla (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: The government of Bangladesh has declared a one-off regional non-working public holiday in Comilla City Corporation (CCC) areas on account of the upcoming mayoral election on Thursday, January 5, 2012. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Belarus

Belarus 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Belarusbank-Minsk) - Summary: The government of Belarus has released the list of official public holidays in Belarus for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

29-Dec-2011

Syria

Syria 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Central Bank of Syria-Damascus) - Summary: The Syrian government has announced the dates of official Syrian bank holidays and public holidays for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Syria news and updates.

28-Dec-2011

Vietnam

Vietnam 2012 Tet Public Holidays Extended (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hanoi) - Summary: Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, has agreed to a request by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to extend the upcoming 2012 Tet, Lunar New Year, non-working public holidays to cover 9 days. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

28-Dec-2011

Bahrain

Bahrain 2012 New Year Public Holiday Announced (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued a circular declaring Sunday, January 1st, 2012, as a public holiday to mark the upcoming Western new year. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

28-Dec-2011

East Timor

Timor Leste 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced the list of official public holidays in Timor Leste for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

28-Dec-2011

Chile

Chilean January 2 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social-Valparaiso) - Summary: Chile's Minister of Labor, Evelyn Matthei, has announced that the government of Chile will reject the declaration of an additional one-off public holiday on Monday, January 2, 2012, as per the bill recently introduced in the Chilean Senate to compensate the fact that the upcoming New Year's Day public holiday falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

27-Dec-2011

The Gambia

Gambian Public Holiday January 2 (Source: Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) - Summary: Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, has declared Monday, January 2, 2012, as another non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "in observance of the New Year". Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

27-Dec-2011

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Additional Public Holiday January 2 (Source: Uzbek National News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has signed the Resolution "On moving day off from Saturday, 31 December 2011, to Monday, 2 January 2012", which declares Monday, January 2, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

27-Dec-2011

Sudan

Sudan 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Secretariat General of the Sudanese Council of Ministers of the Republic of Sudan-Khartoum) - Summary: The Secretariat General of the Sudanese Council of Ministers of the Republic of Sudan has released the list of official non-working national public holidays in the Republic of Sudan for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Sudan news and updates.

27-Dec-2011

Nauru

Nauru 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Government of the Republic of Nauru-Yaren) - Summary: The Government of Nauru has released its annual list of non-working public holidays in Nauru for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Nauru news and updates.

27-Dec-2011

Brazil

Brazil 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministério do Planejamento Orçamento e Gestão-Brasilia) - Summary: The Federal Government of Brazil, through its Ministério do Planejamento, announced the official list of 2012 Brazilian public holidays in yesterday's Diário Oficial da União (Portaria Número Nº 595). Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

27-Dec-2011

Luxembourg

Luxemburg 2012 Bank Public Holidays Announced (Source: Luxemburger Bankenvereinigung-Luxemburg) - Summary: The Luxembourg Bankers' Association (Luxemburger Bankenvereinigung) has issued the list of official non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Luxembourg for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Luxembourg news and updates.

26-Dec-2011

Cuba

Cuba Public Holiday December 30 (Source: Órgano Oficial del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba-Granma) - Summary: Cuba's Ministry of Labor has announced that Friday, December 30, 2011, had been declared a national non-working public holiday throughout Cuba. Links: full story and other Cuba news and updates.

26-Dec-2011

UAE

UAE Public Holiday January 1st (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Labour Minister, Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobashi, has announced that Sunday, January 1st, 2012, would be a non-working public holiday for the private sector in the United Arab Emirates. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

26-Dec-2011

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan January 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Kabar Kyrgyz National News Agency-Bishkek) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic has announced that the government of Kyrgyzstan had declared 5 additional non-working public holidays in January 2012. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

26-Dec-2011

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has gazetted the General Holidays and Employment Legislation (Substitution of Holidays) (Amendment) Bill 2011 which was recently-approved by the Hong Kong Legislative Council and which change the day in lieu substituted when certain Hong Kong non-working public holidays fall on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

25-Dec-2011

India

Indian Karnataka Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: The Hindu-Bangalore) - Summary: The Chief Minister of India's State of Karnataka, D V Sadananda Gowda, has announced that his Cabinet had declared tomorrow, Monday, December 26, 2011, as a one-off state public holiday as part of the mourning measures decreed following the death of former Karnataka Chief Minister S Bangarappa. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

24-Dec-2011

Mauritius

Mauritius January 3 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Mauritius News Information Portal-Port-Louis) - Summary: Mauritius' government has finally announced that it would not declare Tuesday, January 3, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Mauritius. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

24-Dec-2011

Ecuador

Ecuador January 2 Public Holiday Gazetted (Source: Periódico Digital del Gobierno de la Revolución Ciudadana-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa Delgado, has finally issued a decree declaring Monday, January 2, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Ecuador. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

24-Dec-2011

Dominica

Dominica Declares 2 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Dominica News Online-Roseau) - Summary: The President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Nicholas Liverpool, has signed a proclamation declaring Tuesday, December 27, 2011, and Monday, January 2, 2012, as non-working public holidays in Dominica. Links: full story and other Dominica news and updates.

23-Dec-2011

Barbados

Barbados 2011 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: Barbados Government Information Services-BGIS) - Summary: The government of Barbados has issued a statement specifying that the upcoming Christmas public holidays would be observed on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27, 2011. Links: full story and other Barbados news and updates.

23-Dec-2011

South Sudan

South Sudan 2011 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Government of South Sudan Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development-Juba) - Summary: The Government of South Sudan has announced extended nationwide non-working public holidays for the upcoming Christmas Day public holiday. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

23-Dec-2011

Argentina

Argentina February 27 Public Holiday Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has signed into law the recently-adopted Ley Nº 26.721/11 which declares a one-off additional non-working public holiday in Argentina on Monday, February 27, 2012. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

23-Dec-2011

Burundi

Burundi 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Clarified (Source: Le Portail des Institutions-Bujumbura) - Summary: Burundi's Minister of Labor, Annonciate Sendazirasa, has clarified the rules regulating the upcoming Burundi 2011-2012 year-end public holidays, in particular those falling on a weekend. Links: full story and other Burundi news and updates.

22-Dec-2011

Mexico

Mexico 2012 Bank Holidays Gazetted (Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación-Ciudad de México) - Summary: The official list of the dates of Mexican 2012 bank holidays (los días en que las instituciones de crédito deberán cerrar sus puertas y suspender operaciones) have been gazetted in the Diario Oficial de la Federación. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

22-Dec-2011

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan December 26 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) - Summary: The Public Services Commission of the Government of Sri Lanka has announced that there would be no additional public holiday on Monday, December 26, 2011, to compensate th fact that the upcoming Christmas Day public holiday falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

22-Dec-2011

Kuwait

Kuwait 2011-2012 Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission has announced a 3-day period of public sector holidays for the upcoming end of 2011 and 2012 Gregorian New Year. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

22-Dec-2011

Russia

Russian Religious Public Holidays Ruled Constitutional (Source: Vestnik Kavkaza-Bashkortostan) - Summary: The Russian Supreme Court has finally issued a ruling on the constitutionality of individual Russian Federation Republics declaring regional religious public holidays. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

22-Dec-2011

Bolivia

Bolivian 4-Day Public Sector Holidays Declared (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Secretary of Labour, Giovanna Maldonado, has announced her Ministry had also decided to declare December 27-30, 2011, inclusively, as one-off public sector holidays throughout Bolivia. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

22-Dec-2011

Libya

Libya December 24 Public Holiday Restored (Source: Middle East News Agency-MENA) - Summary: The interim ruling National Transitional Council has ordered that December 24 be restored as an annual non-working public holiday in Libya, to mark Independence Day, effective immediately. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

22-Dec-2011

Cameroon

Cameroon Public Holiday December 26 (Source: Présidence de la République du Cameroun-Yaoundé) - Summary: The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, has declared Monday, December 26, 2011, as a one-off public holiday in Cameroon to compensate the fact that the 2011 Christmas Day public holiday falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Cameroon news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Jordan

Jordan December 25 Public Holiday Declared (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordanian Prime Minister, Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, has issued an official statement declaring Sunday, December 25, 2011, as an official non-working public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Christmas Day holiday. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Taiwan

Taiwan January 2012 Public Holidays Confusion (Source: The China Post-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) and Central Personnel Administration (CPA) are at odds concerning the recently-announced January 2 and 3, 2012, one-off public holidays. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Kenya

Kenya December 27 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: Kenyan Government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, has issued a statement declaring that Tuesday, December 27, 2011, would not be a non-working public holiday throughout Kenya, as had been widely rumoured. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Bolivia

Bolivian Year-End Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Secretary of Labour, Giovanna Maldonado, has announced that the previously-announced declaration of Monday, December 26, 2011, and Monday, January 2, 2012, as one-off non-working public holidays throughout Bolivia, had been officially gazetted. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Chile

Chilean January 2 Public Holiday Bill (Source: Tramitación de proyectos-Congreso Nacional de Chile) - Summary: A bill has been introduced in the Chilean Senate's Comisión de Gobierno Interior y Regionalización which would declare Monday, January 2, 2012, as a one-off public holiday to compensate the fact that the upcoming New Year's Day public holiday falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Nigeria

Nigeria 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Declared (Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) - Summary: Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Patrick Abba Moro, has issued a press statement declaring 2 additional, one-off public holidays to compensate the fact that both the upcoming Christmas Day public holiday and the upcoming New Year's Day public holiday fall on a Sunday in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Ghana

Ghana 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ghana Government Portal-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Benjamin Kunbour, has issued a statement setting forth the official non-working public holidays in Ghana for the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, in view of the fact that both the upcoming Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

21-Dec-2011

Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis January 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis-Basseterre) - Summary: The Cabinet Secretariat in the Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced that Monday and Tuesday, January 2 and 3, 2012, had also been declared as official non-working public holidays in St. Kitts and Nevis. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Romania

Romanian Bank Holiday January 3 (Source: Banca Nationala a Romaniei-Bucharest) - Summary: The National Bank of Romania (BNR) has announced that Tuesday, January 3, 2012, would be a non-working bank holidays and financial sector holiday (zi bancara nelucratoare). Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast 2011 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Gouvernement de Côte d'Ivoire-Abijan) - Summary: The government of the Ivory Coast has announced that it had declared Monday, December 26, 2011, as another additional non-working public holiday (jour férié et chômé sur toute l'étendue du territoire national) to compensate the fact that Christmas Day 2011 falls on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Côte d'Ivoire news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Serbia

Serbian 2012 Public Holidays Clarified (Source: Serbian Government Ministry of Labour and Social Policy-Belgrade) - Summary: The Serbian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced the list of official non-working public holidays in January 2012 in Serbia, following the recent changes in Serbian public holidays legislation. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Malawi

Malawi President Declares 16-Day Public Sector Holidays (Source: Government of the Republic of Malawi-Lilongwe) - Summary: Malawi's Chief Secretary to the Government in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Bright Msaka, has announced that President Bingu wa<\i> Mutharika had declared a 16-day period of public sector holidays from Friday, December 23, 2011, until Sunday, January 8, 2012, inclusively. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Montserrat

Montserrat 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Clarification (Source: Government of Montserrat-Brades) - Summary: Montserrat's Labour Commissioner, Claude E.S. Hogan, has announced the list of public holidays, and additional public holidays for the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 in Montserrat. Links: full story and other Montserrat news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Public Holiday December 27 (Source: The Herald-Harare) - Summary: Zimbabwe's Secretary for Media, Information and Publicity, George Charamba, has announced that the Cabinet of Zimbabwe had decided to declare Tuesday, December 27, 2011, as an additional one-off non-working public holiday throughout Zimbabwe. Links: full story and other Zimbabwe news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: The Governor's Office-St. Croix) - Summary: The Governor of the US Virgin Islands, John P. de Jongh, Jr., has declared year-end public sector holidays for December 2011 and January 2012. Links: full story and other Virgin Islands, U.S. news and updates.

20-Dec-2011

Mongolia

Mongolia Public Holiday December 29 (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: The Cabinet of the Government of Mongolia has approved the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in Mongolia, on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

19-Dec-2011

North Korea

North Korean January 8 Public Holiday Update 2 (Source: The Daily NK-North Pyongan Province) - Summary: Following the death of North Korea's ruler, Kim Jong-Il, it appears that the issue of a new annual public holiday on January 8, commemorating the birthday of the new North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un, will once again come to the fore. Links: full story and other North Korea news and updates.

19-Dec-2011

Paraguay

Paraguay Public Sector Holidays December 23 and 30 (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's President, Fernando Lugo, has issued the Decreto 7979 which decrees 2 non-working public sector holidays for Friday, December 23, and Friday, December 30, 2011, to let Paraguay's civil servants begin their Christmas and New Year public holidays earlier. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

19-Dec-2011

Portugal

Portugal Considering Regional Public Holiday (Source: Agência Efe-Lisboa) - Summary: The Representative of the Portuguese Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Ireneu Barreto, has announced plans to declare August 15 an annual regional public holiday, should the national government proceed with its plan to cancel the August 15 public holiday at the national level. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

18-Dec-2011

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Public Holiday Next Tuesday (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that Tuesday, December 20, 2011, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday (jour férié et chômé sur toute l'étendue du territoire national). Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

17-Dec-2011

Pakistan

Pakistan Public Holiday December 18 (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Government of Pakistan's Province of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has announced that Sunday, December 18, 2011, would be a state public holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

17-Dec-2011

Sénégal

Senegal Magal Public Holiday Confirmed (Source: Walf Fadjri-Dakar) - Summary: Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, has finally confirmed that he will issue a presidential decree declaring the Magal de Touba as a new annual non-working public holiday (journée chômée et payée) in Sénégal. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

17-Dec-2011

Macedonia

Macedonian Sectorial Public Holiday December 21 (Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced that Wednesday, December 21, 2011, would be a non-working public holiday for members of the Turkish community in Macedonia on account of the upcoming Day of the teaching of Turkish annual sectorial non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

17-Dec-2011

Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez Gómez, has announced that MITRAB (Ministerio del Trabajo) had declared public sector holidays from Saturday, December 24, 2011, until Wednesday, January 4, 2012, inclusively. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

16-Dec-2011

Argentina

Argentina 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Amended (Source: Subsecretaría de Justicia-Buenos Aires Ciudad) - Summary: The Administration of the City and Region of Buenos Aires has amended the recently-announced decree by Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner declaring 4, year-end, public holidays for Argentina's public sector. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

16-Dec-2011

Ecuador

Ecuador January 2 Public Holiday Announced (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has announced that Monday, January 2, 2012, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Ecuador. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

16-Dec-2011

Palau

Palau 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: Palau President Johnson Toribiong has issued an Executive Order declaring 2 additional year-end public holidays on Friday, December 23, 2011, and Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.

16-Dec-2011

Saint Helena

Saint Helena Year-End Regional Public Holidays (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: The government of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha has announced a period of non-working public sector holidays from December 21, 2011, to January 16, 2012. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Grenada

Grenada Public Holiday Declared On December 27 (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada-St George's) - Summary: Grenada's Governor General, Carlyle Glean, has proclaimed Tuesday, December 27, 2011, as a non-working bank holiday (public holiday) in the Grenada. Links: full story and other Grenada news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Aruba

Aruba 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Governor of Aruba-Oranjestad) - Summary: The government of Aruba has released the official list of non-working public holidays in Aruba for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Aruba news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda 2011 Year-End Public Holidays Clarified (Source: Government of Antigua and Barbuda-St. John's) - Summary: The Governor of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a statement clarifying the dates of upcoming additional year-end public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Malta

Malta National Day Holidays Reduction Update (Source: The Times of Malta-Valletta) - Summary: Malta's President, George Abela, has made another call to have the number of national day holidays in Malta reduced from 5 to 1 or 2. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Tunisia

Tunisian 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse-TAP) - Summary: The government of Tunisia has released the list of official public holidays in Tunisia for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Tunisia news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Uruguay

Uruguayan 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Presidencia de la República-República Oriental del Uruguay) - Summary: The government of Uruguay has released the list of official 2012 public holidays in Uruguay for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Lebanon

Lebanon 2012 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Association des Banques du Liban-ABL) - Summary: The previously announced list of official Lebanese non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2012 has been amended with the addition of 2 additional public holidays. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Public Holidays Amendments Appoved (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Legislative Council has voted to approve the recently-submitted General Holidays and Employment Legislation (Substitution of Holidays) (Amendment) Bill 2011 which to change the day in lieu substituted when certain non-working public holidays fall on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

15-Dec-2011

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan December 1st Public Holiday Update (Source: Kazinform-Astana) - Summary: The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has announced that he was in favour of the recently-voted new December 1st annual public holiday honoring Kazakhstan's first president, as "many countries recognize such a holiday". Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

14-Dec-2011

South Africa

South African Additional Public Holiday On December 27 (Source: South African Press Association-Pretoria) - Summary: South African Presidential Spokesman, Thabo Masebe has announced that Acting President, Kgalema Motlanthe, based on section 2A of the Public Holidays Act, had declared a one-off additional non-working public holiday throughout the Republic for Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

14-Dec-2011

Guatemala

Guatemalan 2012 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Superintendencia de Bancos de Guatemala-Guatemala City) - Summary: The supervisory organ of the Guatemalan Government in charge of the banking sector (Superintendencia de Bancos de Guatemala) has announced the list of Guatemalan bank holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Guatemala news and updates.

14-Dec-2011

Argentina

Argentina 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Declared (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Argentina's Minister of the Interior, Florencio Randazzo, has announced that Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had signed a decree declaring 4, year-end, public holidays for Argentina's public sector. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

14-Dec-2011

Taiwan

Taiwan Public Holidays Declared In January 2012 (Source: Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) has announced that 2 additional non-working public holidays had been declared in January 2012 in Taiwan. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

13-Dec-2011

Thailand

Thailand 2011-2012 Year-End Public Holidays Announced (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: Thai Government Spokeswoman, Thitima Chaisang, has announced that, earlier today, Thailand's Cabinet had declared the upcoming year-end and new year public holidays from Saturday, December 31, 2011, until Tuesday, January 3, 2012, inclusively. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

13-Dec-2011

Bahrain

Bahrain 2011 National Day Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued a circular declaring the public holidays, and substitute public holidays, for the upcoming 40th National Day of Bahrain. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

13-Dec-2011

South Africa

South African December 27 Public Holiday Push (Source: South African Press Association-Pretoria) - Summary: The general secretary of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), Dennis George, has asked South African President, Jacob Zuma, to declare a one-off additional non-working public holiday on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

12-Dec-2011

Mauritius

Mauritius January 3 Public Holiday Under Consideration (Source: Mauritius News Information Portal-Port-Louis) - Summary: Mauritius' Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Xavier-Luc Duval, has announced that it was likely that the government of Mauritius would soon declare Tuesday, January 3, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Mauritius. Links: full story and other Mauritius news and updates.

11-Dec-2011

UK

UK 10-Year Public Holidays Bill Next Week (Source: House of Commons Information Office-HCIO) - Summary: Next Tuesday, Conservative backbencher Andrew Rosindell is scheduled to ask leave to introduce a Bill into the UK House of Commons which would require the Secretary of State to annually prepare and publish a list of the public holidays and bank holidays for the 10 years to come. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

11-Dec-2011

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan December 1st Public Holiday Approved By Senate (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The Kazakh Senate has adopted an amendment to the Kazakh law On holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan to establish a new annual state non-working public holiday, the Day of the First President of Kazakhstan on December 1st. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

11-Dec-2011

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines Public Holiday December 27 (Source: Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines-Saint Vincent) - Summary: The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has announced that Tuesday, December 27, 2011, had been declared a non-working public holiday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Links: full story and other Saint Vincent and the Grenadines news and updates.

10-Dec-2011

Philippines

Philippines Year-End Public Holidays Confirmed (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Malacañang, Philippine's presidential palace, has clarified the list of non-working public holidays in the Philippines for the remainder of 2011. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

10-Dec-2011

Pakistan

Pakistan Public Holiday December 27 (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has announced that Tuesday, December 27, 2011, would be a state public holiday. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

9-Dec-2011

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: The Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers has approved the official list of 2012 public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

9-Dec-2011

Swaziland

Swaziland 2011 Incwala Public Holiday Announced (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's acting Ludzidzini Governor, Timothy Velabo Mtetwa, has announced that the date of the upcoming Incwala (aka. First Fruits) public holiday would be Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

9-Dec-2011

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs-St. John's) - Summary: The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Legal Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda has released the official list of public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

8-Dec-2011

Moldova

Moldovan 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Jurnal-Chisinau) - Summary: The government of Moldova has released the official list of non-working public holidays in Moldova for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

8-Dec-2011

Dominica

Dominica 2012 Merchants Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica-Office of the Prime Minister) - Summary: The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) has once again confirmed that the date of the upcoming Merchants' Holiday, Monday, January 3, 2012, was not a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Dominica news and updates.

8-Dec-2011

Nepal

Nepalese Mangsir Public Holiday Saturday (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that the public holiday for the upcoming Mangsir Dhanya Purnima would be observed on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

8-Dec-2011

Malaysia

Malaysian 2013 Islamic Public Holidays Announced (Source: Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia-Jakim) - Summary: Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) has published its Islamic calendar for 2013 (corresponding to 1434-1435 AH). Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

8-Dec-2011

Thailand

Thailand 2012 Royal Ploughing Ceremony Public Holiday Announced (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: The government of Thailand has announced the date of the 2012 Royal Ploughing Ceremony non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

8-Dec-2011

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands 2011 Year-End Public Holidays Clarification (Source: Cayman Islands Government Information and Services-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Cayman Islands Department of Employment Relations has issued a clarification on the consequences of the upcoming Christmas Day and New Year's Day public holidays both falling on a Sunday. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

7-Dec-2011

China

China 2012 Public Holidays Schedule Announced (Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: China's General Office of the State Council has released China's official list of 2012 public holidays, including the list of working Saturdays and Sundays that compensate for some of the bridge public holidays and for the traditional spring and fall, week-long, Golden Week public holidays. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

7-Dec-2011

New Zealand

New Zealand Provincial Public Holidays Amended (Source: Southland District Council-Invercargill) - Summary: The three mayors in New Zealand's Southland Province have announced that from 2012 onward, the Southland Anniversary Day regional public holiday would henceforth be observed on Easter Tuesday. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

7-Dec-2011

Qatar

Qatar Sports Public Holiday Declared Beginning In 2012 (Source: Qatari News Agency-QNA) - Summary: Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has issued a decree declaring "National Sports Day" as a new annual non-working public holiday in Qatar, beginning in February 2012. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

6-Dec-2011

Panama

Panama 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Gaceta Oficial Ministerio de la Presidencia-Panama City) - Summary: Panama's government has released the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Panama for the upcoming calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

5-Dec-2011

Serbia

Serbian Public Holidays Legislation Amended (Source: National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia-Belgrade) - Summary: The Serbian Parliament has approved amending the "Law on State Holidays" by extending the list of annual non-working public holidays in Serbia, beginning in 2012. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

5-Dec-2011

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holiday December 8 (Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced that Thursday, December 8, 2011, would be a non-working public holiday for all citizens Macedonia on account of the upcoming St. Kliment Ohridski annual non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

5-Dec-2011

Mozambique

Mozambique Electoral Public Holiday December 7 (Source: Agencia de Informção de Moçambique-Maputo) - Summary: Mozambique's Ministry of Labour (MITRAB) has announced that Wednesday, December 7, 2011, had been declared a one-off public holiday on account of the upcoming municipal by-elections. Links: full story and other Mozambique news and updates.

4-Dec-2011

Iceland

Icelandic 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Central Bank of Iceland-Seðlabanki Íslands) - Summary: The government of Iceland has released the official list of non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Iceland for the upcoming year 2012. Links: full story and other Iceland news and updates.

4-Dec-2011

Armenia

Armenian April 7 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Armenian government has rejected a proposal by the NA Heritage Party to declare April 7 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Armenia. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

3-Dec-2011

Australia

Australian Queensland Public Holidays Revision Gazetted (Source: The State of Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General-Brisbane) - Summary: Last month's announced revision of the list of public holidays in Australia's State of Queensland have now been officially gazetted, with immediate effect. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

3-Dec-2011

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Extended December Public Holidays Announced (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The Government of Kazakhstan has announced that it had declared the 4 days from Friday, December 16, to Monday, December 19, 2011, inclusively, as official non-working public holidays on account of the upcoming National Day holidays. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

3-Dec-2011

Singapore

Singapore 2012 Islamic Calendar Released (Source: Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura-MUIS) - Summary: The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore has released the official Islamic Calendar to be used in Singapore for the calendar year 2012, in particular for the determination of the dates of Singapore's 2 public holidays based on the Hijra calendar. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

3-Dec-2011

Sénégal

Senegal 2011 Ashura Public Holiday Moved (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: The Senegalese government has announced that the date of the upcoming Tamkharit (Ashura) public holiday in Sénégal had been changed to Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

3-Dec-2011

Lebanon

Lebanon Ashura Public Holiday Moved (Source: Association des Banques du Liban-ABL) - Summary: The previously announced date for the upcoming Ashura (Achoura) non-working public holiday in Lebanon has been changed to Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

2-Dec-2011

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holiday In Quito Tuesday (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: The government of Ecuador has announced that Tuesday, December 6, 2011, would be a non-working public holiday in Ecuador's capital city, Quito. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

2-Dec-2011

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic December 1 Public Holiday Under Consideration (Source: Centro de Informacion Gubernamental-Santo Domingo) - Summary: A bill has been introduced in the Dominican Republic's house of representatives which would declare December 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

2-Dec-2011

Monaco

Monaco 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bulletin Officiel de la Principauté-Monaco) - Summary: Monaco's State Ministry has published the list of official public holidays (liste des jours chômés et payés) in Monaco for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

2-Dec-2011

Dominica

Dominica December 3 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica-Office of the Prime Minister) - Summary: Dominica's Cabinet Secretary, Felix Gregoire, has dismissed rumours that the national day of mourning announced for Saturday, December 3, 2011, would be a non-working public holiday in Dominica. Links: full story and other Dominica news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Pakistan

Pakistan Ashura Public Holidays Moved (Source: The Associated Press of Pakistan-APP) - Summary: The government of Pakistan has announced that it had moved the date of the 2 upcoming Ashura public holidays from the previously announced dates of December 7 and 8, to Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6 2011. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Philippines

Philippines 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines-Manila) - Summary: The government of the Philippines has issued Proclamation No. 295, s. 2011, signed by President Aquino, listing the special and regular public holidays in the Philippines for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Afghanistan

Afghanistan 2011 Ashoura Public Holiday Announced (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: The government of Afghanistan has declared Tuesday, December 6, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Ashoura holiday. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Albania

Albanian December 3 Day Of National Mourning (Source: Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Albania-Tirana) - Summary: Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, has declared Saturday, December 3, 2011, a national Day of Mourning, to honour Leka Zogu I, the heir to King Zog, who died in Tirana yesterday. Links: full story and other Albania news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Swaziland

Swaziland Incwala Public Holiday Soon To Be Announced (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, has announced that the date of the upcoming Incwala (aka. First Fruits) public holiday would soon be announced. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Latvia

Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Bill Rejected Again (Source: LETA News Agency-Riga) - Summary: Yesterday, the Latvian parliament (Saeima) once again rejected a bill declaring Orthodox Christmas as a public holiday. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Argentina

Argentina's Congress Approves February 27 Public Holiday (Source: Parlamentario-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's lower house of Congress has, in turn, 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 (Día del Bicentenario de la Creación y Jura de la Bandera). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Bahrain

Bahrain 2011 Ashora New Year Public Holidays Announced (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued a circular announcing the dates of the upcoming Ashora non-working public holidays in Bahrain. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

1-Dec-2011

Portugal

Portugal Public Holidays Revision Update 2 (Source: Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) - Summary: The Portuguese Government has finally announced the list of annual public holidays that it plans to cancel as part of the current austerity plan. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.


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