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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates May 2013

This monthly recap of May 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

31-May-2013

Taiwan

Taiwan 2014 Public Holidays Released (Source: Taiwan Central Personnel Administration-Taipei) - Summary: The Directorate General of Personnel Administration has released its official annual calendar of official non-working public holidays in Taiwan for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

31-May-2013

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday June 3 (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 Monday, June 3, 2013, would be a bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the upcoming "Corpu Cristi" holiday celebrations in Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

30-May-2013

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Tanna Public Holiday June 3 (Source: Vanuatu Daily Post-Port Vila) - Summary: Vanuatu's Head of State, President Iolu Johnson Abbil, has declared Monday, June 3, 2013, as a one-off regional public holiday in Tanna. Links: full story and other Vanuatu news and updates.

29-May-2013

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Holiday June 3 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Government has declared Monday, June 3rd, 2013, as another one-off non-working public sector holiday in Costa Rica, this time to coincide with the visit in Costa Rica of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

29-May-2013

Bolivia

Bolivian May 30 Public Holiday Confirmed (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour, Juan López, has once again confirmed that the upcoming Corpus Christi annual non-working public holiday would be observed tomorrow, on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in all sectors of the Bolivian economy. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

29-May-2013

India

Indian 2013 HP Public Holidays Amended (Source: Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission-Shimla) - Summary: The government of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has announced that it has amended its previously-released list of official non-working public holidays for the upcoming year 2013 in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

28-May-2013

Bhutan

Bhutanese Public Holiday May 31 (Source: Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan-Thimphu) - Summary: The Election Commission of Bhutan has issued a communiqué announcing that Friday, May 31, 2013, the date of the upcoming National Assembly Elections, had been declared as another one-off additional non-working public holiday throughout Bhutan. Links: full story and other Bhutan news and updates.

28-May-2013

Haiti

Haiti Public Holiday May 30 (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 had issued an Executive Order declaring Thursday, May 30, 2013, as an additional one-off non-working public holiday throughout Haiti to coincide with this year's "Corpus Christi" holiday. Links: full story and other Haiti news and updates.

27-May-2013

Palau

Palau Cancels Memorial Day Public Holiday (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: Palau's recently-elected President, Tommy Remengesau Jr., has announced that he would soon issue an Executive Order canceling the annual Memorial Day non-working public holiday which was added to the calendar of official Palau non-working public holidays a couple of years ago. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.

26-May-2013

Spain

Spain Basque National Public Holiday Change (Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco-BOPV) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has confirmed that in its, yet to be released, calendar of official regional public holidays (calendario laboral) for the upcoming calendar year 2014, there would be no change to the recently-added non-working public holiday of October 25, though changes to that public holiday are likely for 2015 and beyond. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

25-May-2013

Romania

Romanian Good Friday Public Holiday Bill (Source: Camera Deputatilor-Bucharest) - Summary: A bill has been introduced in the Romanian legislature to declare the third day of Easter (Orthodox Good Friday) as an additional non-working public holiday in Romania. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

25-May-2013

New Zealand

New Zealand 2015-2016-2020-2021 Public Holidays Amended (Source: New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment-Wellington) - Summary: Following last month's passing of the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day) Amendment Bill, the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released a further amended list of non-working public holidays for the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2020 and 2021. Links: full story and other New Zealand news and updates.

24-May-2013

Ghana

Ghana Public Holiday May 27 (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Kwesi Ahwoi, has announced that, earlier today, President John Dramani Mahama had declared Monday, May 27, 2013, as an additional statutory non-working public holiday in Ghana on account of the upcoming African Union Day annual public holiday. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

24-May-2013

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Public Holiday May 30 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministry of Labour (MITRAB), through its minister, Alba Luz Briones, has announced that Thursday, May 30, 2013, would once again be a non-working public sector holiday in Nicaragua to mark Nicaragua's Mothers' Day. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

24-May-2013

Nigeria

Nigerian Public Holiday May 29 (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 29, 2013, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

23-May-2013

Lebanon

Lebanon Bank Holiday May 25 (Source: Association des Banques du Liban-ABL) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Lebanon has announced that Saturday, May 25, 2013, had again 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 "South Liberation Day". Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

23-May-2013

Tanzania

Tanzanian November 30 EAC Public Holiday Update (Source: New Vision-Kampala) - Summary: The former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has re-kindled the call for the member states of the East African Community (EAC), which includes Tanzania, to declare November 30 as the East African Day public holiday "to enhance citizens' participation and awareness in the integration process". Links: full story and other Tanzania news and updates.

23-May-2013

Uganda

Ugandan November 30 EAC Public Holiday Update (Source: New Vision-Kampala) - Summary: The former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has re-kindled the call for the member states of the East African Community (EAC), which includes Uganda, to declare November 30 as the East African Day public holiday "to enhance citizens' participation and awareness in the integration process". Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

23-May-2013

Kenya

Kenyan November 30 EAC Public Holiday Update (Source: New Vision-Kampala) - Summary: The former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has re-kindled the call for the member states of the East African Community (EAC), which includes Kenya, to declare November 30 as the East African Day public holiday "to enhance citizens' participation and awareness in the integration process". Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

23-May-2013

Rwanda

Rwandan November 30 EAC Public Holiday Update (Source: New Vision-Kampala) - Summary: The former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has re-kindled the call for the member states of the East African Community (EAC), which includes Rwanda, to declare November 30 as the East African Day public holiday "to enhance citizens' participation and awareness in the integration process". Links: full story and other Rwanda news and updates.

23-May-2013

Burundi

Burundi November 30 EAC Public Holiday Update (Source: New Vision-Kampala) - Summary: The former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has re-kindled the call for the member states of the East African Community (EAC), which includes Burundi, to declare November 30 as the East African Day public holiday "to enhance citizens' participation and awareness in the integration process". Links: full story and other Burundi news and updates.

22-May-2013

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holiday May 24 (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 24, Batalla de Pichincha de 1822, is a compulsory non-working public holiday in Ecuador ("esta jornada de descanso no será recuperada"). Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

22-May-2013

Argentina

Argentina 2016 Public Holiday Added (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Argentina's Minister of Tourism, Enrique Meyer, has announced that Friday, July 8, 2016, would be another one-off non-working public holiday in Argentina. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

21-May-2013

Malaysia

Malaysian Public Holidays Verdict June 13 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kota Kinabalu) - Summary: Following the recent hearing on a suit seeking a declaration that the de-gazetting and abolition of 3 Christian public holidays in Malaysia's State of Sabah, was unlawful, the Sabah High Court announced that its verdict on the public holidays suit would be delivered on June 13, 2013. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

20-May-2013

UAE

UAE 2013 Israa wal Mairaj Public Holiday June 6 (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: Earlier today, the UAE's Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, issued a circular stating that the nationwide non-working public holiday for the upcoming Israa wal Mairaj would be on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

20-May-2013

Canada

Canada Push To Rename Victoria Day Public Holiday (Source: CTV News-Ottawa) - Summary: A group of "prominent Canadians" has launched an online petition calling on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to change the name of the Victoria Day non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

20-May-2013

Nepal

Nepalese Public Holiday May 25 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that Saturday, May 25, 2013, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Nepal, on account of the upcoming Budhha Jayanati (Buddha's Birthday). Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

19-May-2013

Brazil

Brazilian July 2013 Rio 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 announced plans to declare 4, one-off, non-working public holidays in July 2013, to alleviate traffic congestion during the upcoming visit of Pope Francis and Jornada Mundial de la Juventud (JMJ). Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

18-May-2013

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 Friday, May 24, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming "St. Cyril and Methodius' Day of Slavic Educators" public holiday in Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

17-May-2013

Germany

Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Niedersachsen (Source: Bild-Hannover) - Summary: The 2 major parties of the German State of Niedersachsen seem on the verge of also agreeing to declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Niedersachsen State. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

17-May-2013

Ukraine

Ukraine Confirms May 18 Not A Public Holiday (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has issued a communique re-confirming that, as announced last December in conjunction with the official list of 2013 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, Saturday, May 18, 2013, would be a regular working day in the Ukraine. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

17-May-2013

Spain

Spain 2014 Andalucia Public Holidays Announced (Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía-BOJA) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Andalucía has published the list of 2014 non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

16-May-2013

Luxembourg

Luxemburg 2014 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Luxemburger Bankenvereinigung-Luxemburg) - Summary: The Luxembourg Bankers' Association (Luxemburger Bankenvereinigung) has issued the list of official bank holidays in Luxembourg for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Luxembourg news and updates.

15-May-2013

Germany

Germany 2017 Reformation Public Holiday In Bremen State (Source: FOCUS Online-Bremen) - Summary: The Mayor of the City of Bremen, which is also one of Germany's full-fledged states, has also announced that October 31, 2017, would also be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Bremen to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

15-May-2013

Armenia

Armenian Public Holiday May 27 (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Armenia, Tigran Sargsyan, has announced that the Armenian Government had declared Monday, May 27, 2013, the day before the upcoming First Republic Day annual public holiday, as another one-off non-working public holiday so "that the citizens will have the opportunity to rest for four days". Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

14-May-2013

Somalia

Somalian Public Holidays May 18-19 (Source: Government of Somaliland-Hargiesa) - Summary: The Government of Somaliland has announced that Saturday, May 18, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday in Somaliland to commemorate the 22nd anniversary since declaring independence. Links: full story and other Somalia news and updates.

13-May-2013

Liberia

Liberia Public Holiday May 14 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, May 14, 2013, as the National Unification Day of the Republic of Liberia non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

13-May-2013

India

Indian State Public Holiday May 17 (Source: The Times of India-Lucknow) - Summary: The Chief Minister of India's State of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, has announced that Friday, May 17, 2013, has been declared a non-working state public holiday on account of the upcoming "Urs at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer". Links: full story and other India news and updates.

13-May-2013

Mexico

Mexico May 10 Public Holiday Bill (Source: El Universal-Ciudad de México) - Summary: The Mexican member of parliament, Erick Godar Ureña, has introduced legislation that would add May 10 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Mexico. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

13-May-2013

Malaysia

Malaysian State Public Holidays June 3-4 (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 and Tuesday, June 3 and 4, 2013, had once again been declared additional non-working public holidays throughout Malaysia's Sarawak State. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

12-May-2013

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Lailatul Meraj Holiday June 6 (Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha-BSS) - Summary: Bangladesh's National Moon Sighting Committee and Religious Affairs Committee has announced that the moon of the month of Rajab had been sighted in Bangladesh's sky yesterday and therefore that the Lailatul Meraj would be observed on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

12-May-2013

India

Indian Arunachal Public Holiday May 16 (Source: The Times of India-Itanagar) - Summary: The Government of India's state of Arunachal has announced that Thursday, May 16, 2013, has been declared a state public holiday "for all offices including banks and other financial, educational, commercial and business establishments in the state". Links: full story and other India news and updates.

12-May-2013

Chad

Chad Public Holiday May 13 (Source: Agence Tchadienne de Presse-N’Djamena) - Summary: The spokesperson for the government of Chad, Hassan Syla Bakari, has announced President Idriss Deby Itno had declared Monday, May 13, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Chad news and updates.

11-May-2013

Spain

Spain 2014 Aragon Public Holidays Announced (Source: Gobierno de Aragón-Zaragoza) - Summary: The government of Spain's autonomous region of Aragon has announced its list of regional non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

10-May-2013

Brazil

Brazil Mulls New Public Holiday July 2 (Source: Portal de Notícias do Senado Federal-Brasilia) - Summary: The Brazilian Senate has formally approved a bill which was previously passed by the Brazilian lower house and which would turn the annual, July 2, "Dia da Independência da Bahia" regional non-working public holiday into a new nationwide non-working public holiday in Brazil. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

10-May-2013

Indonesia

Indonesian Bali Public Holiday May 15 (Source: The Jakarta Post-ANTARA) - Summary: The government of Indonesia's Province of Bali has declared that the date of the upcoming local elections in Bali, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, would be a one-off non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

9-May-2013

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Public Holiday May 31 (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through its Communications Minister, Jamal Mohammed, has announced that Friday, May 31, 2013, would be a one-off non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, due to the coincidence of the Feast of Corpus Christi public holiday and the Arrival Day public holiday in 2013. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

8-May-2013

Pakistan

Pakistan Regional Public Holiday May 10 (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Government of Pakistan's Province of Sindh has declared an additional regional non-working public holiday on Friday, May 10, 2013, to "be observed by all the workers in the Province of Sindh" on account of the upcoming national parliamentary elections. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

7-May-2013

Pakistan

Pakistan Public Holiday May 11 (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Pakistan Ministry of the Interior has announced that the Government of Pakistan had finally declared Saturday, May 11, 2013, the date of the upcoming parliamentary elections, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

6-May-2013

The Bahamas

Bahamas Majority Rule Public Holiday Debate Closed (Source: The Government of the Bahamas-Nassau) - Summary: Earlier today, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, and MP for Centreville, Perry Christie, wrapped-up the current house debate on the bill to make Majority Rule Day a public holiday. Links: full story and other The Bahamas news and updates.

4-May-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Penang Public Holiday May 6 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Penang) - Summary: The caretaker Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, has also declared Monday, May 6, 2013, the day after the upcoming general elections as a one-off non-working state public holiday. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

3-May-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Selangor Public Holiday May 6 (Source: Bernama News Agency-Petaling Jaya) - Summary: The caretaker Chief Minister of Malaysia's State of Selangor, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, has declared that Monday, May 6, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday in the State of Selangor. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

3-May-2013

South Korea

South Korean 2015 Public Holidays Changes (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: After weeks of back and forth, the South Korean National Assembly has finally passed a version of the "Substitute Holiday Bill" and which will 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. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

2-May-2013

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Declares July 5 Holiday (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through its Minister of Community Development, Winston Peters, has announced that beginning this year, July 5 would be observed as Community Development Day in Trinidad and Tobago. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

2-May-2013

The Bahamas

Bahamas Majority Rule Public Holiday Bill Progress (Source: The Government of the Bahamas-Nassau) - Summary: The recent bill "to amend the pubic holidays act to create 10th January as Majority Rule Day and a public holiday" has officially been moved in the House of Representatives of the Bahamas by Fred Mitchell, MP. Links: full story and other The Bahamas news and updates.

2-May-2013

Armenia

Armenian Public Holiday May 10 (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Armenia, Tigran Sargsyan, has announced that the Armenian Government had declared Friday, May 10, 2013, the day after the upcoming Victory and Peace annual public holiday, as a one-off non-working public holiday so "that the citizens will have the opportunity to rest for four days". Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

2-May-2013

Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2013 Ratting Day Public Holiday (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: The Chief Islander of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha has declared Friday, May 3, 2013, as the date for this year's annual Ratting Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

2-May-2013

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Holiday May 3rd (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Government has declared Friday, May 3rd, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to coincide with the visit in Costa Rica of US President Obama. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

1-May-2013

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Electoral Public Holidays Approved (Source: Azeri-Press Agency-APA) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Parliament has approved amendments to the electoral code of Azerbaijan which declare the date of future elections as one-off electoral non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

1-May-2013

Venezuela

Venezuelan Public Holidays Law Takes Effect (Source: Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias-Caracas) - Summary: The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has signed the decree enforcing last year's amendments to the Venezuelan legislation governing non-working public holidays, which take effect today, though they were signed by President Hugo Chávez on May 1st, 2012. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

1-May-2013

Indonesia

Indonesian May 1st Public Holiday Announced (Source: The Jakarta Post-ANTARA) - Summary: Earlier today, Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, announced that, as had been requested, it had finally decided to add May Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in Indonesia, beginning next year. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

1-May-2013

Germany

Germany 2017 HH Reformation Public Holiday (Source: Hamburger Abendblatt-Hamburg) - Summary: Yesterday afternoon, the Senate of Germany's second largest city, and also one of Germany's full-fledged states, Hamburg (aka. HH - Hanseatstadt Hamburg), has passed the necessary legal measures to also declare October 31, 2017, a one-off regional non-working public holiday in the city-state of Hamburg, as had been promised at the end of last year. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.


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