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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates April 2013

This monthly recap of April 2013 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-Apr-2013

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holiday May 6 (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 Monday, May 6, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming "second day of Easter according to the Orthodox calendar" public holiday in Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

30-Apr-2013

Lebanon

Lebanon Bank Holiday May 6 (Source: Association des Banques du Liban-ABL) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Lebanon has announced that Monday, May 6, 2013, had also been declared a bank holiday for all banks and financial institutions of Lebanon, including the Beirut Stock Exchange and the Central Bank of Lebanon, to commemorate Orthodox Easter Monday. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

30-Apr-2013

Egypt

Egyptian May Bank Holidays Anounced (Source: The Central Bank of Egypt-Cairo) - Summary: In 2 separate communiqués, Egypt's Central Bank has declared 3 banks holidays in the upcoming month of May 2013, when all Egyptian banks, as well as the and Egyptian Exchange (EGX), will be closed. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

29-Apr-2013

Australia

Australia Mulls Public Holidays Cap (Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) - Summary: The Attorney-General of the Australian State of Queensland, Jarrod Bleijie, has confirmed that the federal government of Australia had asked for his input on a proposal to limit the number of public holidays in Australia to 11 in a given year, by dropping the extra public holiday that is declared when Christmas, Boxing Day or New Year's Day fall on a weekend. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

29-Apr-2013

South Africa

South African Public Holidays Review Complete (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 it had submitted a report with recommendations to the president's office, following its review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

29-Apr-2013

Pakistan

Pakistan Bank Holiday May 1st (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, would be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of Labour Day. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

29-Apr-2013

South Korea

South Korean Public Holidays Changes Postponed (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The "Substitute Holiday Bill" introduced by the Park Geun-Hye administration of South Korea, and which would automatically declare a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow an annual non-working public holiday falling on a Sunday, did not pass, though it had been expected to, a vote in Commission, and its consideration has been postponed until September 2013. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

29-Apr-2013

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holiday May 1st (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism (Ministerio de Turismo) has issued a communique re-confirming that the upcoming May 1st, Día Internacional del Trabajo, is a compulsory immovable non-working public holidays in Ecuador ("es inamovible y no será recuperado"). Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

28-Apr-2013

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan May 2013 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 May 1, 6 and 9, 2013, had been declared official non-working public holidays in Kyrgyzstan. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

28-Apr-2013

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holidays May 1 and 3 (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, May 1st, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming "Labor Day" public holiday in Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

28-Apr-2013

Libya

Libyan Labour Day Public Holiday Announced (Source: The Interim Transitional National Council-Tripoli) - Summary: Libya's ruling National Transitional Council has announced that, once again, Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Libya. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

27-Apr-2013

Oman

Omani Public Holiday May 2nd (Source: Oman News Agency-Muscat) - Summary: Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said has issued a royal directive declaring that, Thursday, May 2, 2013, would be a one-off non-working public holiday in Oman to facilitate the recently-announced change in Oman weekends from the full Islamic weekend to the semi-universal weekend. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

27-Apr-2013

Nigeria

Nigerian Public Holiday May 1st (Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) - Summary: The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abba Moro, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

27-Apr-2013

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holiday May 1st (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's new Minister of Labour, Alba Luz Torres Briones, has announced that this year's May 1st non-working public holiday would be limited to Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, and not be accompanied by additional public holidays before or after May 1st as has happened in past years. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

27-Apr-2013

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Public Holiday April 29 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued an official communiqué confirming that the upcoming "Día del Trabajo" public holiday will, once again, be moved from its traditional date of May 1st to Monday, April 29, 2013. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

27-Apr-2013

Sweden

Sweden 2014 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced (Source: Sveriges Riksbank-Stockholm) - Summary: Sweden's Central Bank (Sveriges Riksbank) has released its list of bank holidays in Sweden with the announcement of Swedish bank holidays, as well as public holidays in Sweden, for the calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Sweden news and updates.

26-Apr-2013

Ukraine

Ukraine May 2013 Additional Public Holidays (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has issued a communique confirming the official list of May 2013 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, as had been announced late last year. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

26-Apr-2013

Australia

No Australian Queensland Public Holiday Monday (Source: Department of Justice and Attorney-General-State of Queensland) - Summary: The Attorney-General of the Australian State of Queensland, Jarrod Bleijie, has issued a communiqué announcing that as per last fall's amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, the Labour Day public holiday, in the State of Queensland, was no longer in May as it had been moved to the first Monday in October. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

26-Apr-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Terengganu Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuala Terengganu) - Summary: Following-up on earlier announcements by Kelantan and Kedah, the Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Terengganu, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, has finally announced that May 5, 2013, had been declared as a one-off state public holiday, in the State of Terengganu, as had recently been suggested, for the upcoming general elections. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

26-Apr-2013

Lebanon

Lebanon Public Holiday May 6 (Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms-Republic of Lebanon) - Summary: The caretaker Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati, has announced that the upcoming Orthodox Easter Sunday non-working public holiday, would be observed on Monday, May 6, 2013. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

25-Apr-2013

Ecuador

Ecuador May 2013 Public Holidays (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's Presidency has confirmed the list and dates of the upcoming non-working public holidays in Ecuador. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

24-Apr-2013

Nepal

Nepalese 2013-2014 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has gazetted the list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S.2070 (April 2013-April 2014). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

24-Apr-2013

Pakistan

Pakistan Considering May 11 Public Holiday (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sent a letter to the Pakistan Minitry of the Interior asking the government to declare the date of the upcoming parliamentary elections, Saturday, May 11, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

24-Apr-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Kedah Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Alor Setar) - Summary: Following-up on earlier announcements by Kelantan and Terengganu, the Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Kedah, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, has declared a one-off public holiday, on May 5, 2013, on the date of the upcoming national general elections. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

24-Apr-2013

Greece

Greece Moves May 1st Public Holiday (Source: The Bank of Greece-Athens) - Summary: Local sources have confirmed that the previously-announced moving this year's annual May 1st bank holiday to Tuesday, May 7, 2013, would also apply to this year's public holiday and thus to both the private and public sectors of Greece. Links: full story and other Greece news and updates.

24-Apr-2013

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Electoral Public Holidays Ruled-Out (Source: Cayman Islands Government Information and Services-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Cayman Islands' Elections Office has announced that, despite current legislation mandating a public holiday on the date of elections and referenda, the dates of the upcoming mobile polling will not be non-working public holidays in the Cayman Islands. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

23-Apr-2013

Philippines

Philippines Public Holiday May 13 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The Philippines Presidential Palace, Malacañang, has issued Proclamation 571, declaring Monday, May 13, 2013, the date of the upcoming national mid-term elections, a another additional special public non-working holiday throughout the Philippines. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

23-Apr-2013

Greece

Greece 2013 Bank Holidays Amended (Source: The Bank of Greece-Athens) - Summary: The Bank of Greece, Greece's Central Bank, has issued a communiqué amending the previously-released list of 2013 bank holidays in Greece, by moving this year's annual May 1st bank holiday to Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Links: full story and other Greece news and updates.

22-Apr-2013

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Weekend Change Progresses (Source: Saudi Press Agency-SPA) - Summary: Following the recent change of Omani weekends to Friday/Saturday, Saudi Arabia's legislative and consultative Shoura Council has approved, by a vote of 83 to 41, Saudi Arabia switching its weekend to Friday-Saturday from its current Thursday-Friday. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

22-Apr-2013

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Holiday May 1st (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming Día Internacional del Trabajador non-working public holiday would be observed on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, as per the current public holidays legislation of Costa Rica. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

21-Apr-2013

Nigeria

Nigerian State Public Holiday April 26 (Source: The Ekiti State Government of Nigeria-Ado Ekiti) - Summary: The government of Nigeria's Ekiti State has declared Friday, April 26, 2013, as a one-off state work-free public holiday on the date of the burial of the late deputy governor, Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

20-Apr-2013

South Korea

South Korean Day In Lieu Public Holidays Update 2 (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The "Substitute Holiday Bill" introduced by the Park Geun-Hye administration of South Korea, and which would automatically declare a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday on the Mondays which follow an annual non-working public holiday falling on a Sunday, is expected to be passed in the National Assembly before the end of the month, according to local media reports. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

20-Apr-2013

Iraq

Iraqi Public Holiday April 21 (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Iraq has announced that Sunday, April 21st, 2013, had been declared a one-off official non-working public holidays following the previous day's local elections which will take place in 12 Iraqi provinces. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

19-Apr-2013

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2014 Public Holidays Released (Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government-HKSAR) - Summary: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has released its official list of 2014 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as recent amendments thereto. Links: full story and other Hong Kong news and updates.

19-Apr-2013

Jordan

Jordan Public Holiday May 2nd (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: The government of Jordan has announced, via a communiqué issued by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, that the upcoming Labour Day public holiday would once again be moved and would, this year, be observed on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, rather than its traditional date of May 1st. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

19-Apr-2013

Mayotte

Mayotte April-May Public Holidays Clarified (Source: Directions régionales entreprises, concurrence, consommation, travail et emploi-DIRECCTE) - Summary: The Mayotte authorities have issued a communique ("prochains jours fériés - les règles applicables") clarifying the list and observance of the upcoming non-working public holidays in Mayotte Links: full story and other Mayotte news and updates.

18-Apr-2013

Panama

Panama May Day Public Holiday Moved To April 29 (Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) - Summary: The government of Panama, through its Secretaría de Prensa de Estado, has announced that once again the upcoming, Labour Day, non-working public holiday, had been moved, this year from Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, to Monday, April 29, 2013. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

18-Apr-2013

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Public Holiday May 10 (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: Kazakhstan's Prime Minister, Serik Akhmetov, has signed the "Decree Of The Government To Postpone The Rest Of The Day During The May Holidays" which declares Friday, May 10, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kazakhstan, to link the annual, May 9, public holiday, with the subsequent weekend. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

18-Apr-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Kelantan Public Holiday May 5 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kota Baru) - Summary: The Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Kelantan, Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, has also declared a one-off public holiday, on May 5, 2013, as had recently been suggested, for the upcoming national general elections. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

17-Apr-2013

New Zealand

New Zealand Mondayisation Public Holidays Bill Approved (Source: The Parliament of New Zealand-Paremata Aotearoa) - Summary: The Mondayisation private members bill (the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill) proposing that the following Monday be an additional public holiday when Waitangi Day and Anzac Day fall on a weekend, has passed its third and final reading in the Parliament of New Zealand. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

17-Apr-2013

Malaysia

Malaysian May 5 TRG Public Holiday Expected (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuala Terengganu) - Summary: The Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Terengganu, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, has announced that a one-off public holiday, on May 5, 2013, was expected to soon be declared for the State of Terengganu, as had recently been suggested, for the upcoming general elections. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

17-Apr-2013

Uruguay

Uruguayan Public Holiday April 22 (Source: Presidencia de la República-República Oriental del Uruguay) - Summary: The government of Uruguay has issued a communique reminding all that Monday, April 22, 2013, was a bank holiday and non-working public sector holiday (sin bancos y servicios públicos) on account of this year's "desembarco de los Treinta y Tres Orientales". Links: full story and other Uruguay news and updates.

17-Apr-2013

Swaziland

Swaziland Public Holiday April 19 (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has announced that Friday, April 19, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday on account of this year's birth anniversary of King Mswati III. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

16-Apr-2013

Bhutan

Bhutanese Public Holiday April 23 (Source: Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) - Summary: The Election Commission of Bhutan has issued a communiqué reminding the general public that Tuesday, April 23, 2013, is the date of the upcoming National Council Elections 2013, and as such had been declared a one-off additional non-working public holiday in Bhutan. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

16-Apr-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Christian Public Holidays Challenge (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kota Kinabalu) - Summary: The High Court of Malaysia's State of Sabah, has been called on to hear a suit challenging the constitutionality of the de-gazetting and abolition of the day following Good Friday, Easter Monday and Christmas Day as state non-working public holidays. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

15-Apr-2013

Guinea

Guinea Conakry Elections June 30 (Source: Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante de la Guinée-CENI) - Summary: Guinea Conakry's electoral commission (CENI) has announced that the long-delayed legislative elections in Guinea Conakry would occur on June 30, 2013. Links: full story and other Guinea news and updates.

12-Apr-2013

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan 2014 Poya Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka-Colombo) - Summary: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has published in the "Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" (No. 1805/6 - TUESDAY, APRIL 09, 2013), its annual official list of Sri Lankan Poya Day public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

11-Apr-2013

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan April 15 Public Holiday Update (Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) - Summary: The Sri Lankan Minister of Labour, Gamini Lokuge, has requested that the Sri Lankan private sector also declare Monday, April 15, 2013, as a one-off additional public holiday throughout Sri Lanka. Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

11-Apr-2013

The Bahamas

Bahamas Public Holidays Amendments Bill (Source: The Government of the Bahamas-Nassau) - Summary: The Bahamas' Prime Minister, Perry Gladstone Christie, has introduced legislation in Parliament confirming his earlier announced intent of making Majority Rule a new annual national public holiday in the Bahamas, and of renaming the Labour Day non-working public holiday in honour of the late Sir Randol Fawkes. Links: full story and other The Bahamas news and updates.

11-Apr-2013

Vietnam

Vietnamese April 2013 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hanoi) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam has made further amendments to the official list of 2013 non-working public holidays in Vietnam, which extend the dates for the upcoming Hung Kings, Liberation Day, and May Day, annual non-working public holidays in Vietnam. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

10-Apr-2013

Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands Public Holiday April 17 (Source: Falkland Islands Government-Stanley) - Summary: The Falkland Islands Government has announced that Wednesday, April 17, 2013, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday throughout the Falkland Islands to coincide with that day's memorial service for the late Baroness Thatcher. Links: full story and other Falkland Islands news and updates.

10-Apr-2013

Singapore

Singapore 2014 Public Holidays Released (Source: Singapore Ministry of Manpower-MOM) - Summary: Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released the official list of non-working public holidays in Singapore for the upcoming calendar year 2014 which includes, once again, a probable error in the date of the 2014 Deepavali public holiday in Singapore. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

10-Apr-2013

Venezuela

Venezuelan Public Holiday April 11 (Source: Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias-Caracas) - Summary: The Mayor of the Venezuelan city of Caroni, José Ramón López, has issued the Decreto número 43 which declares Thursday, April 11, 2013, as a one-off non-working regional public holiday. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

10-Apr-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Mulls May 5 Public Holiday (Source: Bernama News Agency-Penang) - Summary: The caretaker Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, has called on the Malaysian states in which Sunday is not a weekly non-working day, to declare Sunday, May 5, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming general elections. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

9-Apr-2013

Singapore

Singapore 2013 Deepavali Public Holiday Moved (Source: Singapore Hindu Endowments Board-HEB) - Summary: The Singapore Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) has announced that the date of the upcoming Deepavali public holiday had once again been moved from its previously-announced date of Sunday, November 3, 2013, to Saturday, November 2, 2013. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

9-Apr-2013

Chile

Chilean Religious Public Holiday Bill (Source: Tramitación de proyectos-Congreso Nacional de Chile) - Summary: Two Chilean members of Parliament, Osvaldo Andrade (PS) and Tucapel Jiménez (PPD), have introduced a bill in the lower house of Parliament (Cámara de Diputados) to eliminate 4 religious annual non-working public holiday in Chile. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

8-Apr-2013

Paraguay

Paraguay May and June 2013 Public Holidays (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: The Paraguayan head of presidential decrees, Edgar Rodas, has released a communique confirming the dates of the Paraguayan public holidays in May and June 2013, in particular those whose observance will change in 2013. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

8-Apr-2013

Nepal

Nepalese Public Holiday April 10 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that Wednesday, April 10, 2013, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in the capital, Kathmandu, and the Valley, on account of the upcoming Ghode Jatra festival of horses. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

8-Apr-2013

Laos

Laos Public Holidays April 14-17 (Source: The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) - Summary: The government of Laos has declared Wednesday, April 17, 2013, as an additional non-working public holiday in Laos to once again compensate the fact that one of the 2013 dates of the Pi Mai public holidays falls on a weekend. Links: full story and other Laos news and updates.

7-Apr-2013

Holy See

Vatican Annual Public Holidays Amended (Source: Prefettura della Casa Ponitificia-Vatican City) - Summary: Pope Francis has amended the list of official public holidays in the Holy See (the Vatican) by adding an annual non-working public holiday on March 13, the date of his recent election. Links: full story and other Holy See news and updates.

6-Apr-2013

Oman

Omani Weekends Change May 1st (Source: Oman News Agency-Muscat) - Summary: Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said has issued a royal decree directing that, beginning on May 1st, 2013, Oman would have Friday-Saturday as the weekend for both the public as well as the private sector. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

5-Apr-2013

Liberia

Liberia Public Holiday April 12 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation declaring Friday, April 12, 2013, as the National Fast and Prayer Day non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

4-Apr-2013

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday April 19 (Source: Superintendencia de Instituciones del Sector Bancario-Sudeban) - Summary: The Venezuelan regulatory body for the banking sector, Sudeban (Superintendencia de Instituciones del Sector Bancario) has announced that Friday, April 19, 2013, would be a bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the upcoming "Independence Day" non-working public holiday in Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

4-Apr-2013

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago 2013 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has released an amended official list of 2013, non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

3-Apr-2013

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holiday April 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 Monday, April 8, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday for members Roma community in Macedonia on account of the upcoming International Roma Day annual sectorial non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

3-Apr-2013

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Holiday April 11 (Source: La Nación-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming Día de Juan Santamaría non-working public holiday would be observed on Thursday, April 11, 2013, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

2-Apr-2013

Pakistan

Pakistan Regional Public Holiday April 4 (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The Government of Pakistan's Province of Sindh has once again declared Thursday, April 4, 2013, as a one-off regional non-working public holiday to commemorate the death anniversary of the PPP founder and leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

2-Apr-2013

Colombia

Colombian May 12 Public Holiday Update (Source: Congresso de la República Cámara de Representantes-Bogota) - Summary: The President of Colombia's Congress, Roy Barreras, has announced that he was opposed to the recently-introduced bill purporting to declare May 12 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Colombia. Links: full story and other Colombia news and updates.

1-Apr-2013

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic 2014 Easter Public Holidays Extended (Source: Presidencia de la República Dominicana-Santo Domingo) - Summary: After years of negotiations between the Church and the government of the Dominican Republic, it was announced that beginning in 2014, Easter Monday would be a new annual non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

1-Apr-2013

Australia

South Australian Easter Public Holiday Update (Source: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation-Adelaide) - Summary: A spokesman for Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian State of South Australia, John Rau, has announced that despite last year's amendments to the public holidays in South Australia, there is "no intention to remove Sundays as a public holiday in the immediate future". Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

1-Apr-2013

Bhutan

Bhutanese 2014 Regional Public Holidays (Source: Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) - Summary: The Royal Civil Service Commission of the Government of Bhutan has released the official list of regional non-working public holidays in Bhutan for the calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.


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