Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates July 2012


 
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This monthly recap of July 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

31-Jul-2012

India

Indian West Bengal Public Holiday Today (Source: The Hindu-Kolkata) - Summary: Earlier today, the government of the Indian State of West Bengal declared the remainder of today, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, as a state public sector holiday on account of the absence of trains which are not running due to power failure. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

31-Jul-2012

Bolivia

Bolivian August Public Holiday Extension Ruled-Out (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Ministry of Labour has announced that the upcoming, August 6, non-working public holiday would not be extended ("el día feriado es solo el lunes 6 de agosto"). Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

31-Jul-2012

Philippines

Philippines End of Ramadan 2012 Announced (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The government of the Philippines has announced the date of the upcoming Eid'l Fitr (End of Ramadan) in the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

30-Jul-2012

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holidays August 1 and 10 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour, Jeannette Chávez Gómez, has issued a communique announcing that Wednesday, August 1, and Friday, August 10, 2012, would be fully-paid public holidays ("fueron declarados asuetos remunerados") in the city of Managua ("para todos los que laboran exclusivamente en el Municipio de Managua"). Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

30-Jul-2012

Argentina

Argentina 2013 Public Holidays Released (Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's Ministry of the Interior has released the official list of non-working public holidays in Argentina for the calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

30-Jul-2012

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island 2013 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Norfolk Island Government Gazette-Kingston) - Summary: The Minister for Community Services for the Australian territory of Norfolk Island, Timothy John Sheridan, has gazetted the official list of non-working public holidays in Norfolk Island for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Norfolk Island news and updates.

30-Jul-2012

Nepal

Nepalese Public Holiday August 2 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that Thursday, August 2, 2012, had been declared as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Janai Purnima festival (also known as Rakshya Bandhan). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

29-Jul-2012

Taiwan

Taiwan Typhoon Public Holidays Update (Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Personnel Administration Minister, Frank Huang, has announced that Taiwan's Directorate-General of Personnel Administration is considering mandating local governments to convert a normally non-working public holiday into a working day each time a one-off typhoon public holiday is declared. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

28-Jul-2012

Greece

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

28-Jul-2012

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holiday August 2 (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, August 2, 2012, would be a non-working public holiday for all citizens of Macedonia on account of the upcoming "Republic Day". Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

27-Jul-2012

Egypt

Egyptian Muslim Public Holidays Update (Source: Egypt State Information Service-Cairo) - Summary: Egyptian Tourism Minister, Mounir Fakhri Abdul Nour, has announced that the current alcohol ban during the month of Ramadan would be extended to the four major Islamic holidays as well. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

27-Jul-2012

Lesotho

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

26-Jul-2012

Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis Public Holiday September 17 (Source: National Broadcasting Corporation of St. Kitts & Nevis-Basseterre) - Summary: The Cabinet of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced that Monday, September 17, 2012, had been declared as a one-off non-working public holiday in St. Kitts and Nevis on account of the upcoming National Heroes Day. Links: full story and other Saint Kitts and Nevis news and updates.

25-Jul-2012

New Zealand

New Zealand 'Monday-ised' Public Holidays Bill Update (Source: The Parliament of New Zealand-Paremata Aotearoa) - Summary: The private members bill which proposes that the following Monday be a public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend has passed first reading in Parliament, as had been predicted by New Zealand's Labour Party leader, David Shearer. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

25-Jul-2012

Haiti

Haiti Public Holidays July 30-31 (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 Haiti's President, Michel Martelly, had issued an Executive Order declaring Monday and Tuesday, July 30-31, 2012, as additional one-off non-working public holidays to coincide with the upcoming Carnaval des Fleurs. Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

25-Jul-2012

Iraq

Iraqi Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The Iraqi Government has ordered the halting of office work in public institutions and declared tomorrow, Thursday, July 26, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday due to current and forecast high temperatures. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

24-Jul-2012

Singapore

Singapore 2013 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 2013, 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.

24-Jul-2012

Paraguay

Paraguay Mid-Week Public Holidays Update (Source: ABC Digital-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's Secretaría Nacional de Turismo (Senatur), Liz Crámer, has called on the government of Paraguay to follow the legislation that gives it a mandate to move mid-week non-working public holidays to adjoin a nearby weekend. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

24-Jul-2012

Costa Rica

Costa Rican July 25 Public Holiday Confirmed (Source: La Nación-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming día de la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya non-working public holiday would be observed on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

23-Jul-2012

Australia

South Australian Public Holidays Amendments (Source: The Australian-Adelaide) - Summary: South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, has announced that the public holidays review he had commissioned, earlier this year, was complete with recommendations on changes to South Australian public holidays to reduce the crowding of events in March. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

23-Jul-2012

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holiday July 25 Clarified (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: The regional government of Ecuador's municipality of Guayaquil has issued a statement to the effect that the upcoming fiestas patronales de Guayaquil public holiday would not be moved to adjoin the nearest weekend, as the recent decree moving mid-week public holidays in Ecuador only applies to nationwide public holidays. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

23-Jul-2012

Liberia

Liberian Public Holiday July 26 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday, July 26, 2012, as a national non-working public holiday to be observed across the country on account of Liberia's Independence Day. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

22-Jul-2012

Malawi

Malawi Calls For New July Public Holiday (Source: The Nyasa Times-Lilongwe) - Summary: The Executive Director of the Council for Non Governmental Organisation in Malawi, Voice Mhone, has called on the government of Malawi to declare a new annual non-working public holiday on July 20. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

21-Jul-2012

Italy

Italy 2013 Public Holidays Move Ruled-Out (Source: Governo Italiano Comunicati stampa del Consiglio dei Ministri-Rome) - Summary: The Italian Council of Ministers, in yesterday's weekly meeting, has decided not to move any of the 2013 annual Italian non-working public holidays to adjoin the nearest weekend, as had been decided last summer. Links: full story and other Italy news and updates.

20-Jul-2012

Indonesia

Indonesian 2013 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat-Jakarta) - Summary: The government of Indonesia has issued a decree ("Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) tentang Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama tahun 2013") designating public holidays and collective leave days for the calendar year 2013, for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

20-Jul-2012

The Gambia

Gambian Public Holiday July 23 (Source: Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) - Summary: Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, has declared Monday, July 23, 2012, as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia in observance of the upcoming 18th Anniversary of the July 22nd Revolution. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

19-Jul-2012

Madagascar

Madagascar 2013 Electoral Public Holiday Update (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's Commission électorale malgache (Cenit), has announced that the date of the long and oft postponed general elections, and corresponding electoral public holiday, would finally be announced on August 1, 2012. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.

19-Jul-2012

Italy

Italy Public Holidays Amendment Update (Source: Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri-Rome) - Summary: The Italian Government is once again considering amending the list of official non-working public holidays in Italy, by cancelling some, and moving some to the nearest Sunday. Links: full story and other Italy news and updates.

18-Jul-2012

Malaysia

Malaysian State Public Holiday July 22 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kemaman) - Summary: The Chief Minister of the Government of Malaysia's state of Terengganu, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, has announced that Sunday, July 22, 2012, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Terengganu State. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

18-Jul-2012

Pakistan

Pakistan Bank Holiday July 23 (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that the upcoming 1st of Ramadan would be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

18-Jul-2012

Egypt

Egyptian Partial Ramadan Bank Holidays (Source: The Central Bank of Egypt-Cairo) - Summary: Egypt's Central Bank has announced that all Egyptian banks would be partially closed during the upcoming month of Ramadan. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

18-Jul-2012

South Korea

South Korean Constitution Public Holiday Restored ? (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: An initiative is gathering steam in South Korea's parliament to restore the July 17, Constitution Day, South Korean non-working public holiday, which was canceled a few years ago. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

17-Jul-2012

New Zealand

New Zealand Public Holidays Amendments Update (Source: Radio New Zealand-Auckland) - Summary: The leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, David Shearer, has announced that he feels confident that there are enough votes to pass in its first reading last February's Member's Bill which proposes that the following Monday be a public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

17-Jul-2012

Venezuela

Venezuelan 2013 Bank And Public Holidays (Source: Superintendencia de Instituciones del Sector Bancario-Sudeban) - Summary: The Venezuelan regulatory body for the banking sector (La Superintendencia de Instituciones del Sector Bancario) has released the official list of the dates for the 2013 public holidays and banking holidays in Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

17-Jul-2012

Vietnam

Vietnamese Public Holidays Amendments Promulgated (Source: Electronic Government Portal of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam-Hanoi) - Summary: Vietnamese President, Truong Tan Sang, has promulgated the recently-voted revised Labour Code and its amendments to the official list of non-working public holidays in Vietnam. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

16-Jul-2012

Indonesia

Indonesian Ramadan Confusion Again (Source: The Jakarta Post-ANTARA) - Summary: Once again, Indonesia's two largest Muslim organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama, are at loggerheads as to the date of the start and end of the upcoming month of Ramadan, and its associated non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

15-Jul-2012

Uganda

Ugandan Teachers Day Public Holiday Stalled (Source: The Observer-Kampala) - Summary: The General Secretary of the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), Teopista Birungi Mayanja, has called on the government of Uganda to consider "fulfilling its promise of gazetting October 5, which is the World Teachers' Day, as a public holiday in Uganda". Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

15-Jul-2012

Oman

Oman Public Holiday July 23 Confirmed (Source: Oman News Agency-Muscat) - Summary: Omani authorities have announced that Monday, July 23, 2012, would be the date of the upcoming Renaissance Day non-working public holidays, for both the private sector and the public sector of Oman. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

14-Jul-2012

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holiday July 20 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Minister of Labour (Ministra del Poder Ciudadano para los Trabajadores), Jeannette Chávez, has announced that Friday, July 20, 2012, would, once again be a one-off public sector holiday on the occasion of this year's Revolution Day Anniversary (33 aniversario del triunfo de la Revolución Sandinista). Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

13-Jul-2012

Swaziland

Swaziland Public Holiday July 23 (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's acting Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Hlobisile Ndlovu, has announced that Monday, July 23, 2012, would be a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming birth anniversary of King Sobhuza II, who was born on July 22, 1899. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

13-Jul-2012

Australia

Australian 2014 Public Holiday For G20 (Source: The Courier-Mail-Brisbane) - Summary: A spokesperson for the Premier of Australia's State of Queensland, Campbell Newman, has announced that a public holiday would also be considered in conjunction with the G20 being held in Brisbane in 2014. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

12-Jul-2012

Philippines

Philippines July 13 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines-Twitter) - Summary: Philippines' Deputy presidential spokesperson, Abigail Valte, has announced that, once again, President Benigno Aquino III had ruled-out the declaration of a non-working public holiday on Friday, July 13, 2012, the date of the recently-announced Day of Remembrance for the late comedian Rodolfo "Dolphy" Vera Quizon. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

11-Jul-2012

Isle of Man

Isle of Man 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Isle of Man Public Services-Tynwald) - Summary: Tynwald has officially announced the actual dates of the official non-working public holidays in the Isle of Man for the calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Isle of Man news and updates.

11-Jul-2012

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Gazette Office Cayman Islands Government-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Corporate Manager in the Deputy Governor's Office of the Cayman Islands, Christine Wright, has released a confirmed listing of 2013 non-working public holidays in the Cayman Islands, barring the actual date of the public holiday for Her Majesty the Queen's birthday, for which official confirmation is awaited. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

11-Jul-2012

Israel

Israel 2013 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Bank of Israel-BOI) - Summary: The Bank of Israel has officially released the list of days in 2013 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 2013". Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.

10-Jul-2012

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Sango Day Public Holiday Update (Source: The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian-Port of Spain) - Summary: The Orisa community of Trinidad and Tobago has repeated its call for the government of Trinidad and Tobago to declare Sango Day as a new annual non-working public holiday, in recognition of the contribution of the Orisa community to the development of Trinidad and Tobago. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

9-Jul-2012

American Samoa

American Samoa Public Holiday July 16 (Source: Office Of The Governor Press Release-Utulei) - Summary: The Office of the Governor of American Samoa, has declared Monday, July 16, 2012, as a non-working public holiday for government employees, on account of the upcoming Manu'a Cession Day. Links: full story and other American Samoa news and updates.

9-Jul-2012

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Public Holiday July 26 (Source: Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado-ORHELO) - Summary: Puerto Rico's Governor, Luis Fortuño, has declared another additional one-off public sector holiday, on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Links: full story and other Puerto Rico news and updates.

9-Jul-2012

South Africa

South African Public Holidays Review Update (Source: South African Press Association-Pretoria) - Summary: South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (aka. CRL Rights Commission) has announced that its current review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa, with a view to reducing the number of Christian public holidays, would leave Christmas and Good Friday untouched. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

8-Jul-2012

Nigeria

Nigerian State Public Holidays July 9-10 (Source: Vanguard-Jos) - Summary: The Governor of Nigeria's Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has declared 2 non-working public holidays, Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10, 2012, to mourn the dead in Plateau State's recent wave of violence. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

7-Jul-2012

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday July 9 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had decided to declare another day-off public sector holiday (Toleránsia Pontu) on Monday, July 9, 2012, to follow the upcoming parliamentary elections. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

7-Jul-2012

Swaziland

Swaziland Reed Dance 2012 Public Holiday (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Home Affairs minister, Prince Gcokoma Dlamini, has announced, once again well in advance, that the upcoming non-working public holiday for the Umhlanga (aka. Reed Dance) would be in September. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

6-Jul-2012

Macau

Macau 2013 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Associação de Bancos de Macau-Macau) - Summary: The Macau Association of Banks has released its annual list of the official non-working bank holidays in Macau for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

6-Jul-2012

Bhutan

Bhutan March 20 Public Holiday Considered (Source: Kuensel-Thimphu) - Summary: Bhutan's National Assembly has proposed declaring March 20, the date of the United Nation's International Day of Happiness, as a new annual non-working public holiday, Gross National Happiness Day. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

6-Jul-2012

Armenia

Armenian Public Holiday July 16 (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Armenian Government has announced that it had declared Monday, July 16, 2012, as a non-working public holiday in Armenia on account of the upcoming Vardavar (Transfiguration) feast. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

5-Jul-2012

Libya

Libyan Public Holidays July 7-8 (Source: The Interim Transitional National Council-Tripoli) - Summary: Libya's ruling National Transitional Council has announced that Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, 2012, had both been declared non-working public holidays throughout Libya on account of the upcoming General National Conference elections. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

4-Jul-2012

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Shab-e-Barat Public Holiday Update (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: Due to current contradictory announcements and direct communications, we have reviewed news items and announcements for the past few years, we now expect the upcoming Shab-e-Barat non-working public holiday to be observed, in Bangladesh, on Friday, July 6, 2012. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

3-Jul-2012

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday July 6 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had decided to declare a day-off public sector holiday (Toleránsia Pontu) on Friday, July 6, 2012, to coincide with the date of the upcoming parliamentary elections. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

3-Jul-2012

Spain

Spain 2013 Valencia Public Holidays Preview (Source: Consell de la Generalitat Valenciana-Valencia) - Summary: The Consell de la Generalitat Valenciana has announced that it was considering following the proposed move of Spain's mid-week national public holidays to a nearby Monday. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

2-Jul-2012

Tonga

Tongan Public Holidays July 4 and 12 (Source: Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications-Nuku'alofa) - Summary: The Tongan Cabinet has declared Wednesday, July 4, 2012, and Thursday, July 12, 2012, as additional, one-off, non-working public holidays throughout Tonga. Links: full story and other Tonga news and updates.

1-Jul-2012

Argentina

Argentina 2014 One-Off Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Argentina's Ministry of the Interior has released the official list of one-off additional public holidays (días feriados con fines turísticos) in Argentina for the calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

1-Jul-2012

Spain

Spain 2013 Navarra Public Holidays (Source: Boletín Oficial de Navarra-BON) - Summary: The Directora General de Trabajo y Prevención de Riesgos de Navarra has published the list of 2013 public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Navarra. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.


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