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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates December 2012

This monthly recap of December 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-Dec-2012

Nauru

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

31-Dec-2012

Pakistan

Pakistan Bank Holiday Tomorrow (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: Earlier today, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, would be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

31-Dec-2012

Croatia

Croatia 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of the Republic of Croatia-Zagreb) - Summary: The Government of Croatia has released the list of official non-working public holidays in Croatia for the upcoming calendar year 2013, unchanged in the number of holidays as compared to previous years. Links: full story and other Croatia news and updates.

31-Dec-2012

Niger

Niger 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail du Niger-Niamey) - Summary: The government of Niger has released the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Niger for the calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

31-Dec-2012

Malta

Malta 2013 Bank Holidays Amended (Source: Malta Bankers Association-Valetta) - Summary: Malta Bankers' Association has officialized the amended list of bank holidays in Malta for the calendar year 2013, dates when banks in Malta will be closed in addition to the 2013 general public holidays. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

31-Dec-2012

Panama

Panama Public Holiday January 7 (Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) - Summary: Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli, has issued a decree (Decreto Ejecutivo 1109, del 28 de diciembre de 2012) which declares Monday, January 7, 2013, as nationwide non-working public holiday in Panama. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

31-Dec-2012

Jordan

Jordanian 2013 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: The Central Bank of Jordan-Amman) - Summary: The Central Bank of Jordan has announced the annual list of religious and national non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Jordan for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

30-Dec-2012

Oman

Omani Bank Holiday January 1st (Source: The Central Bank of Oman-Muscat) - Summary: The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) has announced that the bank holiday, observed by all banks operating in the Sultanate of Oman, for the upcoming Western New Year, would also be on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

30-Dec-2012

Serbia

Serbian Julian New Year Public Holiday (Source: Serbian Government Ministry of Labour and Social Policy-Belgrade) - Summary: The Serbian government has announced that, at the request of the Serbian Orthodox Church, it had declared that the upcoming Julian calendar (Orthodox) New Year on Monday, January 14, 2013, would be an official non-working public holiday in Serbia. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

30-Dec-2012

American Samoa

American Samoa 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office Of The Governor Press Release-Utulei) - Summary: The Office of the Governor of American Samoa, has announced the dates of the non-working public holidays in American Samoa, for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other American Samoa news and updates.

29-Dec-2012

UAE

UAE 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Abu Dhabi government has announced its list of expected 2013 non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

28-Dec-2012

Jordan

Jordanian Public Holiday January 1st (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, has issued a circular decreeing an official non-working public holiday in Jordan on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, on the occasion of the upcoming western New Year. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

28-Dec-2012

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo December 31 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, through its Labour Minister, Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, has announced that Monday, December 31, 2012, would not be declared as a one-off non-working public holiday (journée fériée et chômée) to link the weekend to the January 1st annual non-working public holiday of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

27-Dec-2012

Philippines

Philippines CNY Public Holiday Status Change (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Following a last-minute amendment by Philippines Senator Edgardo Angara, the Senate of the Philippines has amended the current Chinese New Year public holiday legislation to make Chinese New Year a "working holiday". Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

27-Dec-2012

Transdniestria

Transdniestria 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Interfax-Tiraspol) - Summary: Transdniestria's government has announced the list of annual official non-working public holidays in the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic (Transdniestria) for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Transdniestria news and updates.

27-Dec-2012

Sudan

Sudanese Public Holiday January 1st (Source: The Sudan News Agency-SUNA) - Summary: The Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Sudan has declared that Tuesday, January 1, 2013, would be a public holiday in all parts of the country on the occasion of the fifty-seventh anniversary of the independence of Sudan. Links: full story and other Sudan news and updates.

26-Dec-2012

Nepal

Nepalese Public Holiday December 30 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that Sunday, December 30, 2012, had been declared as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Tamu Lhosar New Year. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

26-Dec-2012

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holiday January 1st (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 Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming "New Year". Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

26-Dec-2012

Madagascar

Madagascar Public Holiday December 31 (Source: Filankevitry ny Governemanta-Mahazoarivo) - Summary: Madagascar's Conseil de Gouvernement has issued a decree ("Décret n° 2012-1169 du 26 décembre 2012 déclarant chômée et payée la journée du 31 décembre 2012") amending the previously-declared list of 2012 Madagascar public holidays by declaring Monday, December 31, 2012, as another paid one-off bridge public holiday throughout Madagascar to link the upcoming New Year 2013 public holiday with the preceding weekend. Links: full story and other Madagascar news and updates.

25-Dec-2012

Iraq

Iraqi December 26 Baghdad Public Holiday (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The Iraqi government has declared tomorrow, Wednesday, December 26, 2012, as a non-working public holiday in Baghdad following today's heavy rainstorms. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

24-Dec-2012

South Korea

South Korea Hangeul Public Holiday Restored (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security has announced that, at its last meeting, the cabinet approved the previously-announced plan to restore Hangeul Day as a non-working public holiday in South Korea. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

24-Dec-2012

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Extends January 2013 Public Holidays (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 once again decided to declare additional non-working public holidays in January 2013 in Kyrgyzstan to link the upcoming New Year Kyrgyzstan annual public holiday with the subsequent Orthodox Christmas public holiday. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

23-Dec-2012

Mongolia

Mongolian Public Holiday December 31 (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 Monday, December 31, 2012, to link the upcoming New Year public holiday with the preceding weekend. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

23-Dec-2012

Tunisia

Tunisian 2013 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 2013. Links: full story and other Tunisia news and updates.

22-Dec-2012

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Public Holiday December 31 (Source: Turkmenistan Government Information Agency-Ashgabad) - Summary: Turkmenistan's President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov, has signed a decree ("On the postponement of [a] workday for the celebration of the New Year") declaring Monday, December 31, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday "in order to create favorable conditions for the solemn celebration of the New Year". Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

22-Dec-2012

Congo (Republic)

Congo Brazzaville 2012-2013 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Conseil des Ministres de la République du Congo-Brazzaville) - Summary: The ministre d'État, ministre du travail et de la sécurité sociale, of Congo Brazzaville, Florent Ntsiba, has released a communique stating that Monday, December 24, and Monday, December 31, 2012, had been declared 2 additional one-off non-working public holidays throughout the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville). Links: full story and other Congo (Republic of the) news and updates.

21-Dec-2012

Mexico

Mexico 2013 Bank Holidays Gazetted (Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación-Ciudad de México) - Summary: The official list of the dates of Mexican 2013 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.

21-Dec-2012

Mozambique

Mozambique Public Holiday December 24 (Source: Agencia de Informção de Moçambique-Maputo) - Summary: Mozambique's Minister of Labour, Helena Taipo, has declared that Monday, December 24, 2012, would be a one-off public holiday "to ensure better preparation for the Family Day (Christmas) on the 25th". Links: full story and other Mozambique news and updates.

21-Dec-2012

Armenia

Armenian 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Government of Armenia, through its Chief of Staff, Davit Sargsyan, has announced the list of 2013 official public holidays in Armenia. Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

21-Dec-2012

Malawi

Malawi Year-End 2012-2013 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 once again declared a 16-day period of public sector holidays from Saturday, December 22, 2012, until Sunday, January 6, 2013, inclusively. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

21-Dec-2012

Jordan

Jordanian Public Holiday December 25 (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, has issued a circular decreeing an official non-working public holiday in Jordan on Tuesday, December 25, 2012, on the occasion of Christmas. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

21-Dec-2012

Ghana

Ghana 2012-2013 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Ghana Government Portal-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, William K. Aboh, has issued a statement setting forth the official non-working public holidays in Ghana for the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

21-Dec-2012

Guatemala

Guatemalan 2013 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 2013. Links: full story and other Guatemala news and updates.

20-Dec-2012

Montserrat

Montserrat 2012 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Government of Montserrat-Brades) - Summary: Montserrat's Office of the Deputy Governor has announced amendments to the previously-released list of non-working public holidays in Montserrat for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Montserrat news and updates.

20-Dec-2012

Zambia

Zambian Bank Holiday December 31 (Source: The Bank Of Zambia-Lusaka) - Summary: The Bank of Zambia (Zambia's Central Bank) has confirmed that Monday, December 31, 2012, had been declared a one-off bank holiday to allow for a smooth transition to the new Kwacha (Zambia's national currency). Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

20-Dec-2012

Pakistan

Pakistan Sindh Public Holidays December 27-28 (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has announced that Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28, 2018, would be non-working state public holidays. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

20-Dec-2012

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Public Holiday December 24 (Source: The Herald-Harare) - Summary: Zimbabwe's Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that President Robert Mugabe had declared Monday, December 24, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Zimbabwe. Links: full story and other Zimbabwe news and updates.

20-Dec-2012

Argentina

Argentina January 31 Public Holiday Official (Source: Parlamentario-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's Senate has approved by 52-6 the recent bill that declares a one-off non-working public holiday in Argentina on January 31, 2013, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the initial meeting of the Argentine Contituting Assembly (conmemoración del bicentenario de la Asamblea General Constituyente de 1813). Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

20-Dec-2012

East Timor

Timor Leste 2012 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had decided to declare 3 full-day additional public sector holidays (Toleránsia Pontu iha oras loro-kraik nian) on December 24, 26, and 31, 2012. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

19-Dec-2012

Iraq

Iraqi KRG December 25 Public Holiday (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The governor of Iraq's Kurdistani Regional Government, Najm Alddin, has announced that Christmas Day 2012 would be observed as a non-working public holiday in Kurdistan. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

19-Dec-2012

Swaziland

Swaziland Incwala Public Holiday Expected December 31 (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's sources have informed us that the date of the upcoming Incwala (aka. First Fruits) non-working public holiday would most likely be Monday, December 31, 2012. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

19-Dec-2012

Ukraine

Ukraine 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has passed a resolution specifying its annual official list of 2013 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

19-Dec-2012

Philippines

Philippines Public Holiday December 24 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Yesterday, the Philippines' Presidential Palace, Malacañang, issued a communiqué confirming the declaration of Monday, December 24, 2012, as a special, one-off, non-working public holiday "since it falls between Dec. 23 (Sunday) and Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), which is a regular holiday". Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

18-Dec-2012

Israel

Israeli Public Holiday January 22 (Source: Press Releases from the Central Elections Committee of Israel-Tel Aviv) - Summary: Israel's Central Elections Committee has issued a statement confirming that Tuesday, January 22, 2013, the date of the upcoming elections to the 19th Knesset, would be a non-working public holiday in Israel. Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.

18-Dec-2012

Myanmar

Myanmar 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Union of Myanmar-Yangoon) - Summary: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of Myanmar has announced the dates of the official non-working public holidays in Myanmar for the calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Myanmar news and updates.

18-Dec-2012

UAE

UAE New Year 2013 Public Holiday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Labour Minister, Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobashi, has announced that Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, would be a nationwide non-working public holiday for the private sector of the United Arab Emirates. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

18-Dec-2012

Macedonia

Macedonian December Public Holidays (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 Friday, December 21, 2012, 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.

18-Dec-2012

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers has announced the full list of official non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

18-Dec-2012

Malawi

Malawi Boxing Day Public Holiday Restored (Source: Government of the Republic of Malawi-Lilongwe) - Summary: Malawi government spokesperson, Maganizo Mazeze, has announced that, with immediate effect, December 26 (Boxing Day) would be restored as an official non-working public holiday in Malawi. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

17-Dec-2012

Nigeria

Nigerian 2012-2013 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) - Summary: The Permanent Secretary to the Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Anasthesia Nwaobia, has announced that the Nigerian Government had declared 3, year-end, non-working public holidays in Nigeria. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

17-Dec-2012

Fiji

Fiji Bank Holiday Starting Today (Source: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation-Suva) - Summary: The Governor of Fiji's Reserve Bank (Central Bank), Barry Whiteside, has just announced the closure of all commercial banks in Fiji, beginning at 12 noon today, Monday, December 17, 2012, and until further notice. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

16-Dec-2012

Nigeria

Nigerian State Public Holiday December 17 (Source: The Official Portal of Bayelsa State Government-Yenagoa) - Summary: The government of Nigeria's Kaduna State has declared tomorrow, Monday, December 17, 2012, as a one-off state public holiday following the death of the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, in a helicopter crash. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

15-Dec-2012

Germany

Germany Regional Public Holidays Update (Source: Pressestelle der CDU-Fraktion des Sächsischen Landtages-Dresden) - Summary: The social policy spokesman of the CDU group in the parliament of the German state of Sachsen (Saxony) has re-iterated his party's support for the maintenance of the Day of Prayer and Repentance (Buß- und Bettag) as a non-working public holiday in the German state of Sachsen. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

14-Dec-2012

Chile

Chilean Election Day Public Holiday Status (Source: Tramitación de proyectos-Congreso Nacional de Chile) - Summary: A group of Chilean members of Parliament have called for legislation that would make the election day public holiday a compulsory one (feriado irrenunciable). Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

14-Dec-2012

Argentina

Argentina January 31 Public Holiday Update (Source: Honorable Cámara de Diputados de la Nación Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: Argentina's lower house of Congress (Cámara de Diputados) has been convoked for an extraordinary session, during which it is to vote on pending legislation that would declare a one-off non-working public holiday in Argentina on January 31, 2013. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

13-Dec-2012

India

Indian Punjab Public Holiday December 14 (Source: Punjab Newsline-Chandigarh) - Summary: The Chief Minister of the Indian State of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, has announced that the Punjab Government had declared a one-off public holiday tomorrow, Friday, December 14, 2012, as well as in the city of Chandigarh. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

13-Dec-2012

Germany

Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday Extended (Source: Lübecker Nachrichten-Lübeck) - Summary: The Premier (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, Torsten Albig, has announced that Reformation Day 2017 would be a one-off non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

13-Dec-2012

Bolivia

Bolivian Year-End Public Holidays Flip-Flop (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Daniel Santalla, has announced that, contrary to his announcement of last week, December 24 and 31, 2012, would not be declared as one-off non-working public holidays in Bolivia. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

13-Dec-2012

Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2012-2013 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's secretary general of the Ministry of Labour, José Guerrero, has announced that MITRAB (Ministerio del Trabajo) had once again declared extended public sector non-working public holidays centered around Christmas 2012 and New Year's Day 2013. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

12-Dec-2012

Macau

Macau 2012 Public Holidays Extended Again (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: The government of the Macau SAR has once again extended its previously-released list of official Macau non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2012. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

12-Dec-2012

Kenya

Kenyan Registration Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: Kenya's Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has announced that the government of Kenya would not declare a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya to enable people to go register as voters for the upcoming presidential elections. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

12-Dec-2012

India

Indian 2013 West Bengal Public Holidays (Source: Government of West Bengal-Kolkata) - Summary: The Government of India's state of West Bengal has announced the days which shall be non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

11-Dec-2012

Egypt

Egyptian Public Holiday December 15 (Source: Egypt State Information Service-Cairo) - Summary: Egyptian authorities have declared another one-off electoral non-working public sector holiday on Saturday, December 15, 2012, on account of the upcoming Constitutional Referendum. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

11-Dec-2012

China

China 2013 Public Holidays Schedule Released (Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: China's General Office of the State Council has released the final and official version of China's list of 2013 non-working 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.

11-Dec-2012

South Korea

South Korea Announces 2013 Public Holidays (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) has announced the official dates of the 2013 South Korean public holidays, and particular those that are based on the Korean lunar calendar. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

10-Dec-2012

Australia

South Australia To Review Half-Day Public Holidays (Source: The Australian-Adelaide) - Summary: The Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian State of South Australia, Russell Wortley, has announced that his ministry had asked Fair Work Australia to review the 2 half-day public holidays declared as part of last spring's amendments to the Holidays Act 1910 (SA). Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

9-Dec-2012

Latvia

Latvian Orthodox Public Holidays Redux (Source: LETA News Agency-Riga) - Summary: Members of the current Latvian governing coalition have introduced into the Saeima (Latvian parliament) yet another bill that would add an additional, "à la carte", public holiday in Latvia so that each inhabitant of Latvia may choose to observe the religious holiday most important to him/her. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

8-Dec-2012

Bolivia

Bolivia Declares 2 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Daniel Santalla, has announced that, at its last meeting, the Bolivian Cabinet decided to approve the request of the Ministry of Tourism and declare additional year-end public holidays to link the upcoming Christmas Day and New Year's Day non-working public holidays with the preceding week-end. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

7-Dec-2012

Sénégal

Senegal 2013 Magal Public Holiday Official (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: The Senegalese Cabinet of Ministers has finally approved a decree declaring the date of the upcoming 2013 Magal de Touba as a non-working public holiday throughout Sénégal ("déclaré férié, chômé et payé, la journée célébrant le Grand Magal de Touba édition 2013"). Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

7-Dec-2012

Paraguay

Paraguay 2012 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's Secretaría Nacional de Turismo (Senatur), Liz Crámer, has announced that Monday, December 24, and Monday, December 31, 2012, had been declared one-off non-working public holidays for the Paraguay public sector ("asueto total para los funcionarios públicos"). Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

5-Dec-2012

Sudan

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

5-Dec-2012

Uruguay

Uruguayan 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Presidencia de la República-República Oriental del Uruguay) - Summary: The government of Uruguay has released the list of official non-working public holidays in Uruguay for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

5-Dec-2012

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 Saturday, December 8, 2012, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia". Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

4-Dec-2012

Bolivia

Bolivia Considering Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Vice-Minister of Tourism has announced that his Ministry will ask the Bolivian Cabinet to declare additional year-end public holidays to link the upcoming Christmas Day and New Year's Day non-working public holidays with the preceding week-end. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

4-Dec-2012

Ecuador

Ecuador Regional Public Holiday December 6 (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's Presidency has confirmed that the upcoming 478th anniversary of the founding of the City of Quito would be observed as an official non-working public holiday in the said city. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

4-Dec-2012

Luxembourg

Luxemburg 2013 Bank 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 2013. Links: full story and other Luxembourg news and updates.

3-Dec-2012

Macedonia

Macedonian 2013 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 released the official list of 2013 non-working public holidays in Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

3-Dec-2012

Iran

Iranian Pollution Public Holidays Tuesday and Wednesday (Source: Islamic Republic News Agency-Tehran) - Summary: The Governor General of the Iranian Capital, Tehran, has declared a 2-day period of public holidays, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4 and 5, 2012, as a safety precaution due to Tehran's current levels of pollution. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

3-Dec-2012

Germany

Germany Extends Islamic State Public Holidays (Source: Die Welt-Hamburg) - Summary: The German State of Bremen has also decided to officially recognize annual Islamic holidays as sectorial State non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

3-Dec-2012

Poland

Poland Bishops Declare New Holiday (Source: Polskie Radio-Warsaw) - Summary: The Polish Bishops' Conference has announced that the Thursday after Whitsunday will henceforth be a new holiday dedicated to "Jesus Christ the Eternal Almighty Priest". Links: full story and other Poland news and updates.

2-Dec-2012

Bermuda

Bermuda Christmas Public Holidays Update (Source: Bermuda Department of Communication and Information-Hamilton) - Summary: The government of Bermuda has granted an Exemption to the Public Holidays Act 1947, allowing all retailers in Bermuda to open from 9am to 9pm, Sunday, December 23, 2012. Links: full story and other Bermuda news and updates.

1-Dec-2012

Belarus

Belarus 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The government of Belarus has released the list of official public holidays in Belarus for the upcoming calendar year 2013. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

1-Dec-2012

South Sudan

South Sudan Public Holiday December 3 (Source: Government of South Sudan Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development-Juba) - Summary: The Government of South Sudan, through its Undersecretary of Labour, Hellen Achiro Lotara, has announced that Monday, December 3, 2012, would be an official non-working public holiday in South Sudan. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

1-Dec-2012

Portugal

Portugal 2012 Year-End Public Sector Holidays (Source: Governo de Portugal-Lisboa) - Summary: The Government of Portugal has announced that Monday, December 24, and Monday, December 31, had been declared as one-off non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto). Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.


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