Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates May 2012


 
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This monthly recap of May 2012 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-May-2012

Ukraine

Ukraine Public Holidays June 28-29 (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has issued a resolution declaring Friday, June 29, 2012, as a non-working public holiday to link the annual Constitution Day public holiday with the following weekend. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

29-May-2012

Canada

Canada's BC Family Day Public Holiday Changed (Source: The Globe and Mail-Toronto) - Summary: The Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, has finally announced that contrary to earlier announcements, Monday, February 11, 2013, would be the first occurrence of the new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

28-May-2012

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holiday May 30 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Council for Communication and Citizenship (Consejo de Comunicación y Ciudadanía), at the request of President, Daniel Ortega, has announced that Wednesday, May 30, 2012, would be a one-off non-working public sector holiday in Nicaragua to mark Nicaragua's Mothers' Day. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

28-May-2012

Australia

Western Australia 2014-2015 Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (Source: Western Australia Department of Labour Relations and Commerce-Perth) - Summary: The Government of the Australian state of Western Australia has proclaimed the dates of the Queen's Birthday public holiday for the calendar years 2014 and 2015, in the State of Western Australia. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

27-May-2012

Spain

Spain 2013 Extremadura Public Holidays Announced (Source: Diario Oficial de Extremadura-DOE) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Extremadura of Spain's Autonomous Region of Extremadura has published the list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) for the calendar year 2013 in Extremadura. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

26-May-2012

Indonesia

Indonesian May 1st Public Holiday Gains Support (Source: The Jakarta Post-ANTARA) - Summary: Indonesia's Manpower and Transmigration Minister, Muhaimin Iskandar, confirmed that he had asked the President of Indonesia to declare May 1st as a new annual national holiday in Indonesia. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

25-May-2012

Argentina

Argentina Votes February 3 Public Holiday (Source: Parlamentario-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's lower house of Congress (Cámara de Diputados) has approved a recent bill to declare a one-off non-working public holiday in Argentina on February 3, 2013, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of San Lorenzo. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

24-May-2012

Philippines

Philippines Votes 6 Public Holidays Bills (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The Philippines House of Representatives has passed, on third and final reading, 102 national and local bills, including six bills on public holidays. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

23-May-2012

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Public Holiday October 30 (Source: Vanuatu Daily Post-Port Vila) - Summary: The chairman Vanuatu's electoral commission, John Taleo, has confirmed that Vanuatu's upcoming general election will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, and that the date had been approved as a one-off non-working public holiday in Vanuatu. Links: full story and other Vanuatu news and updates.

22-May-2012

Egypt

Egyptian Public Holiday May 24 (Source: Egypt State Information Service-Cairo) - Summary: Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has announced that the date of the upcoming presidential election, Thursday, May 24, 2012, would be a non-working public holiday in Egypt. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

22-May-2012

Romania

Romanian Senate Approves New Public Holiday (Source: Senatului României-Bucharest) - Summary: The Romanian Senate has approved a draft bill which would declare the Feast of Saint Andrew, as a new annual, November 30, non-working public holiday in Romania. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

21-May-2012

Spain

Spain 2013 Mid-Week Public Holidays Changes (Source: Consejo de Gobierno de la Comunidad de Madrid-Madrid) - Summary: The Consejo de Educación y Empleo de la Comunidad de Madrid has announced that the yet-to-be-released Calendario Laboral listing the 2013 non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Comunidad de Madrid would involve the moving of some mi-week public holidays to an adjoining weekend to avoid bridge public holidays (puentes and acueductos). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

21-May-2012

Montserrat

Montserrat Jubilee Public Holiday June 18 (Source: Government of Montserrat-Brades) - Summary: Montserrat's Office of the Deputy Governor has announced that Monday, June 18, 2012, had been declared a non-working public holidays in Montserrat on account of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Links: full story and other Montserrat news and updates.

20-May-2012

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Votes New National Holiday (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: Afghanistan's Parliament has voted to make September 9 a new annual national holiday to honour Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated on September 9, 2001, two days before the 9/11 attacks on the US. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

19-May-2012

Venezuela

Venezuela Bank Holidays May 21 and June 11 (Source: Asociación Bancaria de Venezuela-Caracas) - Summary: The Bankers' Association of Venezuela (Asociación Bancaria de Venezuela) has announced that Monday, May 21, and Monday, June 11, 2012, would be bank holidays in Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

18-May-2012

Ghana

Ghana Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Ghana Government Portal-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, William K. Aboah, has announced that Friday, May 25, 2012, had been declared a non-working statutory public holiday in Ghana to mark African Union Day. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

18-May-2012

Brazil

Brazilian Rio Summit Public Holidays Announced (Source: Câmara Municipal do Rio de Janeiro-Rio de Janeiro) - Summary: The municipal council of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro (Cámara de Concejales de Río de Janeiro), has confirmed that Wednesday to Friday, June 20-22, 2012, would be declared as municipal non-working public holidays on account of the upcoming Rio+20 Summit. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

18-May-2012

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holidays May 23 and 24 (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, May 24, 2012, would be a non-working public holiday for all citizens of Macedonia on account of the upcoming "Sts. Cyril and Methodius' Day of Slav Masters". Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

17-May-2012

Malaysia

Malaysian State Public Holiday June 4 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuching) - Summary: The Chief Minister of the Government of Malaysia's state of Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, has announced that Monday, June 4, 2012, would be an additional non-working public holiday throughout Sarawak State. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

16-May-2012

Namibia

Namibian May 18 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: The Namibian-Windhoek) - Summary: Namibia's Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has issued an "Urgent Media Announcement" which flatly denies the recent rumours about a possible non-working public holiday on Friday, May 18, 2012. Links: full story and other Namibia news and updates.

16-May-2012

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Public Holiday May 20 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued an official communiqué announcing that, as per the provisions of electoral law, Sunday, May 20, 2012, the date of the upcoming presidential election will be an official non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

16-May-2012

Spain

Spain 2013 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 2013. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

16-May-2012

Haiti

Haiti May 17 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Communiqués de presse de la Présidence de la République d'Haïti-Port-au-Prince) - Summary: The Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti has announced that Thursday, May 17, 2012, Ascension Day, has not been declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Haiti. Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

16-May-2012

Lebanon

Lebanese Call For April 26 Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Star-Beirut) - Summary: Following yesterday's declaration of May 25 as a non-working public holiday in Lebanon, Phalange Party MPs have presented a draft law which would declare April 26, the anniversary date of the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, into an annual non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

16-May-2012

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands 2012 Public Holidays Amended (Source: British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office-BVI) - Summary: The Deputy Governor's Office of the British Virgin Islands, after consultation with the Cabinet of the British Virgin Islands, has proclaimed Monday, June 4, 2012, as a non-working public holiday throughout the Territory of the British Virgin Islands to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and to celebrate the 86th anniversary of the birth of Her Majesty the Queen. Links: full story and other British Virgin Islands news and updates.

15-May-2012

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Public Holiday May 17 (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that Thursday, May 17, 2012, had been declared a non-working public holiday ("déclarée chômée et payée sur toute l'étendue du territoire national"). Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

15-May-2012

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holidays May 17, 18 and 21 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had decided to declare day-off public sector holidays (Toleránsia Pontu) for May 17, 18, and 21, to coincide with the upcoming 10th Anniversary of Timor Leste's Restoration of Independence. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

15-May-2012

Lebanon

Lebanon Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms-Republic of Lebanon) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati, has issued a decree declaring Friday, May 25, 2012, as a non-working public holiday in Lebanon on the occasion of "Resistance and Liberation Day". Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

14-May-2012

Japan

Japanese 2013 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: The Bank of Japan-Tokyo) - Summary: The Bank of Japan (Japan's central bank) has released its official list of 2013 bank holidays in Japan for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Japan news and updates.

14-May-2012

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands July 18 Public Holiday Voted (Source: Cayman Islands Government Information and Services-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Cayman Islands' Legislative Assembly has approved by a vote of 8-3 the legislation enshrining the recently-announced one-off referendum public holiday on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

14-May-2012

Malaysia

Malaysian State Public Holiday May 20 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kota Baharu) - Summary: The government of Malaysia's State of Kelantan has declared Sunday, May 20, 2012, as a one-off state public holiday in conjunction with next Saturday's FA Cup final between the Red Warriors and Sime Darby FC. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

13-May-2012

Lesotho

Lesotho Public Holiday May 26 (Source: The Lesotho Cabinet-Maseru) - Summary: The Cabinet of Lesotho has approved a measure that will make May 26, 2012, the date of the upcoming general elections, a non-working public holiday in Lesotho. Links: full story and other Lesotho news and updates.

12-May-2012

Spain

Spain May 14 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: ABC-Madrid) - Summary: The Spanish Royal Palace has confirmed that no official public holiday would be given on May 14, the upcoming 50th wedding anniversary of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

12-May-2012

Slovenia

Slovenian Public Holidays Amendments Voted (Source: STA- Slovenska tiskovna agencija-Ljubljana) - Summary: The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia has voted to approve the legislative austerity package proposed by the government of Slovenia which include a reduction in the list of annual Slovenian non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.

11-May-2012

Canada

Canada's BC Family Day Public Holiday Revision (Source: The Globe and Mail-Toronto) - Summary: The Premier of Canada's Province of British Columbia, Christy Clark, has announced that contrary to her earlier announcement, Monday, February 18, 2013, might not be the first occurrence of a new, Family Day, annual public holiday in British Columbia. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

11-May-2012

Sint Maarten

Sint Maarten July 1 Public Holiday Update (Source: Government of Sint Maarten-Great Bay) - Summary: Sint Maarten's Parliamentary Central Committee has approved a draft ordinance recently presented by Education and Culture Minister, Rhoda Arrindell, and which would finally make July 1st a new annual national non-working public holiday, beginning in 2012. Links: full story and other Sint Maarten news and updates.

11-May-2012

Kuwait

Kuwait Public Holiday June 17 (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission has announced that it had declared Sunday, June 17, 2012, as a non-working public holiday for the upcoming Israa and Meraj (Prophet's Ascension) annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

10-May-2012

Singapore

Singapore May 26 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: The Government of Singapore has announced that May 26, 2012, the date of the upcoming Hougang by-election would not be another one-off non-working public holiday in Singapore. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

9-May-2012

Portugal

Portugal Public Holidays Reduction Finalized (Source: Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) - Summary: The final block of the Portuguese Government's plan to reduce the number of annual public holidays has come into place as an agreement between the Portuguese government and the Vatican was finally reached today on the selection of the 2 religious public holidays to be dropped from the list of Portugal's annual non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

8-May-2012

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands July 18 Public Holiday Reversal (Source: Cayman Islands Government Information and Services-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Cayman Islands' Premier, McKeeva Bush, has announced that, contrary to her recent ruling out of July 18 being declared a public holiday, the date of the upcoming "one man one vote" referendum would in fact be a non-working public holiday in the Cayman Islands. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

8-May-2012

UK

UK Trafalgar Public Holiday Abandoned (Source: UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport-London) - Summary: A spokesman from the UK's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has announced that the UK government had dropped the previously-announced plans to create an annual non-working public holiday commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

7-May-2012

Malaysia

Malaysia Adds Sikh Public Holiday (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuala Lumpur) - Summary: Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has announced that, beginning in 2013, all Malaysian government public servants from the Sikh community would be given a day off public holiday on Vaisakhi Day. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

6-May-2012

Slovakia

Slovakia Considers Public Holidays Reduction (Source: Government Office of the Slovak Republic-Bratislava) - Summary: The government of Slovakia has announced that it is considering reducing the number of annual public holidays and non-working days in Slovakia to spur economic growth. Links: full story and other Slovakia news and updates.

5-May-2012

Algeria

Algerian Public Holiday May 10 (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian government has confirmed that Thursday, May 10, 2012, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday, on account of the upcoming elections. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

5-May-2012

Canada

Canada Regional Public Holiday Revision (Source: The Regina Leader-Post-Regina) - Summary: The Government of Canada's Province of Saskatchewan has announced a sweeping review of labour legislation in Saskatchewan, including the question of whether the province has the appropriate number of public holidays. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

4-May-2012

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holidays 2012-2015 (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's Presidency has released the Decreto 1162 which specifies the dates of Ecuador's non-working public holidays for the remainder of 2012 as well as the calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

4-May-2012

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan New Public Holiday May 7 (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has instructed the government to draft and submit a bill ("On amendments to the Law of Kazakhstan") that would make May 7 a non-working public holiday to be called the "Defender of the Motherland Day". Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

4-May-2012

Luxembourg

Luxembourg October 20 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: The Grand Ducal Palace of Luxembourg-Luxemburg) - Summary: Luxembourg's Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, has announced that October 20, 2012, the date of the upcoming wedding of Prince Guillaume would not be a non-working national public holiday. Links: full story and other Luxembourg news and updates.

3-May-2012

Algeria

Algerian May 10 Public Holiday Uncertain (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian government has not yet announced whether it will declare a one-off non-working public holiday on May 10, on account of the upcoming elections. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

3-May-2012

Turkey

Turkey Changes Public Holidays Observance (Source: Hürriyet Daily News-Istanbul) - Summary: A national holidays circular, jointly prepared by the Prime Ministry, General Staff and the ministries of education, culture and tourism, and youth and sports, has been approved by Turkey's president, following the recent review of the extent of the celebrations linked to most of Turkey's national public holidays. Links: full story and other Turkey news and updates.

3-May-2012

Bolivia

Bolivian New Regional Public Holiday (Source: Los Tiempos-Santa Cruz) - Summary: The governor of Bolivia's Province of Santa Cruz, Rubén Costas, has decreed a new annual regional public holiday on May 4, to commemorate the anniversary of its autonomy referendum, four years ago. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

3-May-2012

Malaysia

Malaysian 2014 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 2014 (corresponding to 1435-1436 AH). Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

2-May-2012

Liberia

Liberian Public Holiday May 3 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday, May 3, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday to coincide with the date of this year's World Press Freedom Day. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

2-May-2012

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Buddha Day Public Holiday Change (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: The government of Bangladesh has announced that the date for the upcoming Buddha Purnima (Baishakhi Purnima) non-working public holiday had been changed from the previously-announced date of Monday, June 4, 2012, to Sunday, May 6, 2012. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

2-May-2012

UK

UK 10-Year Public Holidays Bill Abandoned (Source: House of Commons Information Office-HCIO) - Summary: The "Public Festivals, Holidays and Commemorations Bill 2010-12", has failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session, meaning that the Bill will make no further progress. Links: full story and other UK news and updates.

2-May-2012

Slovenia

Slovenian Public Holidays Cut Update (Source: STA- Slovenska tiskovna agencija-Ljubljana) - Summary: The government of Slovenia has confirmed that it plans to cut 2 of the 14 annual Slovenian non-working public holidays as part of its current set of austerity measures. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.

2-May-2012

Gabon

Gabonese Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Gouvernement de la République Gabonaise-Libreville) - Summary: The government of Gabon has announced that Saturday, May 5, 2012, would be a regional non-working public holiday (chômée, payée et récupérable) to coincide with the upcoming legislative and senatorial by-elections. Links: full story and other Gabon news and updates.

1-May-2012

Samoa

Samoa Public Holidays June 1-5 (Source: Samoan Ministry Of Commerce, Industry And Labour-Matagaluega o Pisinisi, Alamanuia, Leipa) - Summary: The Samoan Ministry of Commerce, Industry And Labour has released a decree ("Declaration of a Public Holiday for the 50th Independence Day Celebrations") which declares 2 and a half extra days of public holidays in Samoa for the upcoming 50th Independence Day celebrations. Links: full story and other Samoa news and updates.

1-May-2012

Ukraine

Ukraine Euro 2012 National Public Holidays (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: Following the recent announcements by the Lviv and Kharkiv city councils, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has announced that it is considering declaring national non-working public holidays on the dates of the upcoming Euro 2012 in the Ukraine. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

1-May-2012

Zambia

Zambian Electoral Public Holidays (Source: The Lusaka Times-Lusaka) - Summary: Zambia's technical committee drafting the new Zambian constitution has released a draft of the new constitution which specifies the dates of upcoming tripartite elections, and that these dates would be, as often requested, non-working public holidays in Zambia. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

1-May-2012

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Public Holiday May 7 (Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) - Summary: The Sri Lankan Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has announced that the Sri Lankan Government had finally declared Monday, May 7, 2012, as a one-off public holiday throughout Sri Lanka. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

1-May-2012

Nigeria

Nigerian Public Holidays May 2-3-4 (Source: The Government of Imo State-Owerri) - Summary: The Governor of Nigeria's Imo State has announced that the Imo State government had declared Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 2-3-4, 2012, as non-working state public holidays. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.


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