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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates December 2013

This monthly recap of December 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-Dec-2013

North Korea

North Korean 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Korean Central News Agency-KCNA) - Summary: The North Korean government has released the official list of non-working public holidays in North Korea for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other North Korea news and updates.

31-Dec-2013

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Public Holiday January 5 (Source: Ministry of Public Administration, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh-Dhaka) - Summary: Bangladesh's government has declared Sunday, January 5, 2014, as an official non-working public holiday in Bangladesh for the upcoming 10th Parliamentary Elections. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

31-Dec-2013

Malaysia

Malaysian 2015 Islamic Public Holidays Announced (Source: Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia-Jakim) - Summary: Malaysia's governmental Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia, aka. JAKIM) has published its annual Islamic calendar for the western year 2015 (corresponding to 1436-1437 AH). Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

30-Dec-2013

Croatia

Croatia 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of the Republic of Croatia-Zagreb) - Summary: The Government of Croatia has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Croatia for the upcoming calendar year 2014, unchanged in the number of holidays as compared to previous years. Links: full story and other Croatia news and updates.

30-Dec-2013

Pakistan

Pakistan New Year 2014 Bank Holiday (Source: The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) - Summary: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has declared Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, as a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on account of the upcoming Western New Year annual bank holiday in Pakistan. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

30-Dec-2013

Transdniestria

Transdniestria 2014 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 2014. Links: full story and other Transdniestria news and updates.

30-Dec-2013

Slovenia

Slovenian 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Slovenska tiskovna agencija-Ljubljana) - Summary: The Government of Slovenia has announced its annual official list of bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Slovenia for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Slovenia news and updates.

29-Dec-2013

Bahrain

Bahrain New Year 2014 Public Holidays (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued a circular also declaring Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, as a non-working public holiday in Bahrain to mark the upcoming Western New Year 2014. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

28-Dec-2013

Morocco

Morocco 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Agence Maroc Arabe Presse-Rabat) - Summary: Morocco has released its official list of non-working public holidays in Morocco for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Morocco news and updates.

27-Dec-2013

Macedonia

Macedonian 2014 New Year 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 Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, 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.

27-Dec-2013

Oman

Omani 2014 New Year Bank Holiday (Source: The Central Bank of Oman-Muscat) - Summary: The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) has announced that the annual bank holiday, observed by all banks operating in the Sultanate of Oman, for the upcoming Western New Year, would be on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

27-Dec-2013

Laos

Laos 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) - Summary: The government of Laos has released its official list of 2014 annual non-working public holidays in Laos. Links: full story and other Laos news and updates.

26-Dec-2013

Malawi

Malawi Boxing Day A Public Holiday Henceforth (Source: Government of the Republic of Malawi-Lilongwe) - Summary: Malawi's Principal Officer in the ministry of local government, Christopher Makileni, has announced that the government of Malawi had once more re-instated Boxing day as an annual non-working public holiday in Malawi. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

26-Dec-2013

Bahrain

Bahrain New Year 2014 Bank Holidays (Source: Central Bank of Bahrain-Manama) - Summary: The Central Bank of Bahrain has announced that it would declare a bank holiday on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, to mark the upcoming annual public holiday for the Western New Year 2014. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

26-Dec-2013

Thailand

Thailand 2014 Royal Ploughing Ceremony Public Holiday (Source: Thai News Agency-Bangkok) - Summary: The government of Thailand has announced the date of the 2014 Royal Ploughing Ceremony annual non-working public holiday, thus completing the previously-released partial list of official non-working public holidays in Thailand for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

26-Dec-2013

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The government of Kazakhstan has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

25-Dec-2013

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Extends January 2014 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 2014 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.

25-Dec-2013

UAE

UAE 2014 New Year Public Holidays (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE government has announced the dates for the upcoming Western New Year non-working public holidays in the UAE. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

24-Dec-2013

Malawi

Malawi Boxing Day Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: Government of the Republic of Malawi-Lilongwe) - Summary: The Malawi government has announced that, despite last year's announcement to the contrary, the upcoming Boxing Day, on December 26, would not be an official non-working public holiday in Malawi. Links: full story and other Malawi news and updates.

24-Dec-2013

Iraq

Iraqi 2013 Public Holiday December 25 (Source: Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) - Summary: The Iraqi Secretariat of the Council of Ministers has once more declared Wednesday, December 25, 2013, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Christmas Day. Links: full story and other Iraq news and updates.

23-Dec-2013

Austria

Austrian 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs-BMEIA) - Summary: Austria's Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs ("Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres" - BMEIA) has released the annual list of official non-working public holidays in Austria for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Austria news and updates.

23-Dec-2013

Libya

Libyan Public Holiday December 24 (Source: The Interim Transitional National Council-Tripoli) - Summary: Libya's ruling National Transitional Council has announced that Tuesday, December 24, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Libya to be observed as the annual Libyan public holiday commemorating the 62nd anniversary of Libya's independence from Italian rule. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

23-Dec-2013

Jordan

Jordanian 2014 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 2014. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

23-Dec-2013

Niger

Niger New Year 2014 Public Holiday (Source: Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail du Niger-Niamey) - Summary: The Ministre de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale of the government of Niger has declared Wednesday, January 1, 2014, as the date of the upcoming annual "premier jour de l'an" (New Year's Day) non-working public holiday in Niger. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

22-Dec-2013

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of Labor Employment and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic-Bishkek) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Migration of the Kyrgyz Republic has approved the calendar of annual public holidays which will be days off in 2014. Links: full story and other Kyrgyzstan news and updates.

22-Dec-2013

Nepal

Nepalese Public Holiday December 25 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that Wednesday, December 25, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Christmas Day annual non-working public holiday of Nepal. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

21-Dec-2013

Mozambique

Mozambique Public Holidays January 1-3 (Source: Agencia de Informção de Moçambique-Maputo) - Summary: Mozambique's Minister of Labour, Helena Taipo, has announced that Thursday and Friday, January 2 and 3, 2014, had been declared as one-off public holidays in Mozambique "to give Mozambicans a five day New Year". Links: full story and other Mozambique news and updates.

21-Dec-2013

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Adds December 31 Public Holiday (Source: Turkmenistan Government Information Agency-Ashgabad) - Summary: Turkmenistan's President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov, has once again signed a decree ("On the postponement of day off for the celebration of the New Year") declaring Tuesday, December 31, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday "in order to create favorable conditions for the solemn celebration of the New Year and for a good recreation of the population". Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

21-Dec-2013

New Caledonia

New Caledonia 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Medef Nouvelle-Calédonie-Nouméa) - Summary: The government of New Caledonia has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays ("jours fériés chômés") and bank holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other New Caledonia news and updates.

21-Dec-2013

Lebanon

Lebanon 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms-Republic of Lebanon) - Summary: The Government of Lebanon has announced its annual list of official Lebanese non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

21-Dec-2013

Grenada

Grenada 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada-St George's) - Summary: The government of Grenada has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays in Grenada, for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Grenada news and updates.

20-Dec-2013

Pakistan

Pakistan Sindh Public Holiday December 27 (Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) - Summary: The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, has announced that Friday, December 27, 2018, would once again be a non-working state public holiday in Pakistan's Province of Sindh. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

20-Dec-2013

Ghana

Ghana 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Ghana Government Portal-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, Kwesi Ahwoi, has issued the usual statement setting forth the official non-working public holidays in Ghana for the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

20-Dec-2013

Nigeria

Nigerian 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (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, as per custom, the Nigerian Government had declared 3, year-end, non-working public holidays in Nigeria for the end of the year 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

20-Dec-2013

Argentina

Argentina Adds 2013 Year-End Bank Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Jorge Capitanich, the Chief of Cabinet of Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has announced that, in addition to the 4 year-end non-working public sector holidays announced earlier this week, Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 31, 2013, would be full-day, one-off, bank holidays in Argentina. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

20-Dec-2013

Cuba

Cuban Public Holidays Legislation Amended (Source: Órgano Oficial del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba-Granma) - Summary: The Cuban government has approved and gazetted last year's draft version of its new Labor Law, which will enshrine the one-off religious public holidays declared over the past 15 years. Links: full story and other Cuba news and updates.

20-Dec-2013

Zambia

Zambian December Public Holidays Canceled (Source: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation-Lusaka) - Summary: Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that he was withdrawing his announcement of yesterday, that Zambian President, Michael Sata, had declared Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 31, 2013 as one-off public holidays throughout Zambia. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

20-Dec-2013

Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Earlier this morning, Nicaragua's secretary general of the Ministry of Labour, José Guerrero, announced that MITRAB (Ministerio del Trabajo) had once again declared extended public sector non-working public holidays centered around the Nicaraguan public holidays for Christmas 2013 and New Year's Day 2014. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

19-Dec-2013

Moldova

Moldova Adds Christmas Public Holiday (Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat-Moldpres) - Summary: The bill introduced by the government of Moldova, to declare Western Christmas as an annual non-working public holiday in Moldova, has been passed by a majority of legislators from the current ruling coalition. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

19-Dec-2013

Kuwait

Kuwaiti January 2 Public Holiday Rejected (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission has announced that, in the end, Wednesday, January 1, 2014, would be the only non-working public holiday for the upcoming Western New Year. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

19-Dec-2013

Malta

Malta Bank Holiday December 26 (Source: Malta Bankers Association-Valetta) - Summary: Malta Bankers' Association has confirmed that Thursday, December 26, 2013, would be a bank holiday in Malta. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

19-Dec-2013

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holidays December 21 and 25 (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, December 25, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday on account of the annual first day of Christmas non-working public holiday for citizens of the Catholic religion in Macedonia. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

19-Dec-2013

Zambia

Zambia Declares December 24 and 31 Public Holidays (Source: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation-Lusaka) - Summary: Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that Zambian President, Michael Sata, had declared Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 31, 2013 as one-off public holidays throughout Zambia. Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

18-Dec-2013

Guatemala

Guatemalan 2014 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 2014. Links: full story and other Guatemala news and updates.

18-Dec-2013

Spain

Spain 2014 Navarra Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial de Navarra-BON) - Summary: The Government of Spain's Autonomous Region of Navarra has finally gazetted the official annual list of non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Navarra. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

17-Dec-2013

Niger

Niger 2014 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 2014. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

17-Dec-2013

Qatar

Qatar Adds December 19 Public Sector Holiday (Source: Qatari News Agency-QNA) - Summary: The Qatari Emiri Diwan has once again declared Thursday, December 19, 2013, as a one-off public sector holiday to link the annual National Day public holiday in Qatar, with the following Qatari weekend. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

17-Dec-2013

Argentina

Argentina 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio del Interior-República Argentina) - Summary: Jorge Capitanich, the Chief of Cabinet of Argentina's President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has released the Decreto 2111/2013, declaring once again 4, year-end, public holidays for Argentina's public sector, in addition to the previously-announced 2013 and 2014 official public holidays in Argentina. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

17-Dec-2013

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers has announced the full list of official annual non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

17-Dec-2013

Guam

Guam Bill To Restore Discovery Day Public Holiday (Source: The Government of Guam-Chamorro) - Summary: A bill has been introduced in the Guam legislature by Senator Tommy Morrison which would restore the Guam Discovery Day annual non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Guam news and updates.

17-Dec-2013

Serbia

Serbian 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Serbian Government Ministry of Labour and Social Policy-Belgrade) - Summary: The Serbian government has released the list of annual non-working public holidays in Serbia for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

16-Dec-2013

Monaco

Monaco 2014 Public Sector Holidays (Source: Journal de l'administration de la Principauté de Monaco-JDA) - Summary: Monaco's public service administration has published its annual list of additional non-working public sector holidays ("liste des jours chômés et payés dans l'Administration") in Monaco for the calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Monaco news and updates.

16-Dec-2013

Niger

Niger Public Holiday December 18 (Source: Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail du Niger-Niamey) - Summary: The Ministre de l'Emploi, du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale of the government of Niger has declared Wednesday, December 18, 2013, as the date of the 55th annual "anniversaire de la proclamation de la république du Niger" (Niger's Independence Day). Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

16-Dec-2013

Nepal

Nepalese Public Holiday December 17 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has announced that tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Udhauli festival and Yomari Punhi annual non-working public holiday of Nepal. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

16-Dec-2013

Swaziland

Swaziland Incwala Public Holiday Friday (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Princess Tsandzile, has announced that the upcoming Incwala non-working public holiday in Swaziland would soon be announced as Friday, December 20, 2013. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

15-Dec-2013

Sénégal

Senegal Magal Public Holiday Gazetted Soon (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: Senegal's Minister of the Interior, Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, has promised that the recently-passed law declaring the Magal de Touba as a new annual non-working public holiday in Senegal, would be gazetted in time for the upcoming Magal de Touba, which is set to occur next weekend. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

14-Dec-2013

Jordan

Jordanian Public Holiday December 15 (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Earlier today, Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, issued a circular decreeing another one-off non-working public holiday in Jordan for tomorrow, Sunday, December 15, 2013, due to freezing weather conditions stemming from a polar front which has snowed-in the country since Thursday. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

13-Dec-2013

Mexico

Mexico 2014 Bank Holidays Gazetted (Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación-Ciudad de México) - Summary: The Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores of Mexico has gazetted its annual official list of the dates of Mexican 2014 bank holidays ("los días en que las instituciones de crédito deberán cerrar sus puertas y suspender operaciones durante 2014") in the Diario Oficial de la Federación. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

13-Dec-2013

Romania

Romania Extends 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, has announced an extended resolution declaring Friday, December 27, 2013, Tuesday, December 31, 2013, and Friday, January 3, 2014, as additional one-off non-working public sector holidays in Romania for the upcoming year-end 2013-2014. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

13-Dec-2013

East Timor

Timor Leste 2013 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to declare 3 full-day additional year-end public sector holidays ("Toleránsia Pontu iha oras loro-kraik nian"), this time on December 24, 26, and 31, 2013. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

13-Dec-2013

Bahrain

Bahrain 2013 National Day Bank Holidays (Source: Central Bank of Bahrain-Manama) - Summary: The Central Bank of Bahrain has announced that it would also declare bank holidays on Monday and Tuesday, December 16 an 17, 2013, to mark the upcoming annual National Day and the 14th Anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

12-Dec-2013

Spain

Spain Basque Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco-BOPV) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has gazetted the recent "Decreto 454/2013, de 3 de diciembre, por el que se modifica el Calendario Oficial de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Euskadi para el año 2014" (BOPV de 10 de diciembre de 2013) which officializes the replacement of the October 25 annual public holiday by one on July 25. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

12-Dec-2013

Germany

Germany 2017 Bavarian Reformation Public Holiday (Source: Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung-Augsburg) - Summary: The government cabinet of Germany's state of Bavaria, has decided to also declare October 31, 2017, as a one-off public holiday (gesetzlichen Feiertag) to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

12-Dec-2013

Bahrain

Bahrain 2013 National Day Public Holidays (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, has issued a circular declaring Monday and Tuesday, December 16 an 17, 2013, as non-working public holidays in Bahrain to mark the upcoming annual National Day and the 14th Anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

11-Dec-2013

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani 2014 New Year Public Holidays (Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers-Baku) - Summary: Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers has made its annual year-end public holidays announcement, whereby the period of Tuesday, December 31, 2013, to Monday, January 6, 2014, inclusively, has been declared as official non-working public holidays in Azerbaijan on account of the upcoming annual "Solidarity Day of World Azerbaijanis" and "Western New Year" public holidays. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

11-Dec-2013

Jordan

Jordanian Public Holiday December 12 (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: Earlier tonight, Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, issued a circular decreeing another one-off non-working public holiday in Jordan for tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, 2013, due to freezing weather conditions stemming from a polar front which is expected to bring snow for Thursday and most of the weekend. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

11-Dec-2013

China

China 2014 Public Holidays Released (Source: Government Portal of the State Council of China-Beijing) - Summary: After conducting a series of informal and formal polls over the past 2 months, China's General Office of the State Council has finally released the official list of China's annual non-working public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other China news and updates.

11-Dec-2013

Tunisia

Tunisian 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse-TAP) - Summary: The government of Tunisia has released its official list of official annual non-working public holidays in Tunisia for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Tunisia news and updates.

11-Dec-2013

Iceland

Icelandic 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Central Bank of Iceland-Seðlabanki Íslands) - Summary: The government of Iceland has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Iceland for the upcoming year 2014. Links: full story and other Iceland news and updates.

11-Dec-2013

Libya

Libyan 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Interim Transitional National Council-Tripoli) - Summary: Libya's government has released its official list of annual non-working public holidays in Libya. Links: full story and other Libya news and updates.

10-Dec-2013

South Korea

South Korean Substitute Public Holidays Beginning 2014 (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security has announced that the long-awaited substitute public holidays system would take effect beginning in the second half of 2014. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

10-Dec-2013

The Bahamas

Bahamas 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Government of the Bahamas-Nassau) - Summary: The Government of the Bahamas has communicated to us their official list of the annual Bahamas non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other The Bahamas news and updates.

10-Dec-2013

Ecuador

Ecuador Public Holidays December 30-31 (Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica-ANDES) - Summary: Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa, has announced that he had issued a decree declaring Monday and Tuesday, December 30 and 31, 2013, as additional one-off non-working public holidays in Ecuador. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

9-Dec-2013

Malaysia

Malaysia Rules-Out Further State Weekends Changes (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuala Lumpur) - Summary: The Sultan of Malaysia's State of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has announced that the State of Selangor would not also change the his State's weekend to Fridays and Saturdays. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

8-Dec-2013

Kuwait

Kuwaiti Public Holidays January 1-2 (Source: Kuwait Civil Service Commission-Kuwait City) - Summary: The Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission has announced that it had asked the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers to approve the CSC's decision to declare Thursday, January 2, 2014, as a one-off bridge public holiday in Kuwait, as January 1st falls on a Wednesday, in 2014. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

8-Dec-2013

Congo (DRC)

DR Congo Public Holiday December 9 (Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo-Kinshasa) - Summary: The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced that Monday, December 9, 2013, had been declared as one-off non-working public holiday (journée fériée) on account of the funeral of rumba singer Tabu Ley Rochereau. Links: full story and other Congo (Dem. Rep.) news and updates.

7-Dec-2013

Malaysia

Malaysian 2014 Deepavali Public Holiday Moved (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kuala Lumpur) - Summary: The Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia's Federal Government has announced a further change to the previously announced list of official non-working public holidays in Malaysia for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

7-Dec-2013

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Office of the Prime Minister-Castries) - Summary: The government of Saint Lucia has released its annual official list of non-working public holidays in Saint Lucia for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Saint Lucia news and updates.

7-Dec-2013

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Mandela Holiday (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has announced in the House of Representatives that Mandela Day will be announced by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, next year, to celebrate the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

7-Dec-2013

Moldova

Moldovan 2014 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat-Moldpres) - Summary: The government of Moldova (Monitorul Oficial Nr. 291-296, art Nr. 1099) has extended its previously-announced official list of annual non-working public holidays in Moldova for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Moldova news and updates.

6-Dec-2013

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Public Holidays December 8-9 (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministry of Labour (MITRAB), through its minister, Alba Luz Torres Briones, has announced that Monday, December 9, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday in Nicaragua to compensate the annual Immaculate Conception Day public holiday falling on a Sunday. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

6-Dec-2013

South Africa

South African Mandela Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Source: South African Government Communication and Information System-GCIS) - Summary: The South African Government has announced that the upcoming period of mourning for former President, Nelson Mandela, will not be accompanied by any one-off non-working public holidays in South Africa. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

6-Dec-2013

Chile

Chilean Election Day Public Holiday Drive (Source: Terra Chile-Santiago) - Summary: The Chilean union Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT) has called on the government of Chile to declare Sunday, December 15, 2013, the date of the presidential election second round as a compulsory non-working public holiday (feriado irrenunciable) throughout Chile. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

6-Dec-2013

Fiji

Fiji Mulls 2014 Electoral Public Holidays (Source: Ministry of Information-Suva) - Summary: Fiji's Attorney General and Minister for Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has announced that the Government of Fiji was considering declaring a one-off non-working paid public holiday in Fiji, on the date of next year's elections. Links: full story and other Fiji news and updates.

6-Dec-2013

Canada

Canada Adds NS Family Day Public Holiday (Source: Province of Nova Scotia-Halifax) - Summary: The Minister of Labour and Advanced Education of Canada's Province of Nova Scotia, Kelly Regan, has announced that her government has introduced another bill to declare a new annual "Family Day" non-working public holiday in the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia, beginning in 2015. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

6-Dec-2013

Guam

Guam Public Sector Holiday December 9 (Source: The Government of Guam-Chamorro) - Summary: The government of Guam has announced a non-working GovGuam public holiday on Monday, December 9, 2013, in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Our Lady of Camarin Day, or Santa Marian Kamalen, the patron saint of Guam and the Northern Marianas, whose celebration will occur on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Links: full story and other Guam news and updates.

5-Dec-2013

Vietnam

Vietnamese 2014 Tet Public Holidays Extended (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hanoi) - Summary: Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, has agreed to a request by the Vietnamese Ministry of Transportation, Dinh La Thang, to extend the upcoming 2014 Tet, Lunar New Year, non-working public holidays to once again cover 9 days. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

4-Dec-2013

Portugal

Portugal Bill To Restore Public Holidays (Source: Assembleia da República-Lisboa) - Summary: The leader of the Communist Party caucus of Portugal's parliament has introduced a bill that would restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays, whose cancellation was recently ruled constitutional. Links: full story and other Portugal news and updates.

3-Dec-2013

Kenya

Kenyan Public Holidays December 12-13 (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: The Kenyan Government's Cabinet Secretary for Sports Art and Culture, Hassan Arero Wario, has issued a communiqué informing the public that, notwithstanding his previous communiqué, the government of Kenya had decided to declare Friday, December 13, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya, as part of the celebrations to mark Kenya's 50th birthday. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

3-Dec-2013

Seychelles

Seychelles Bank Holiday December 9 (Source: The Central Bank of Seychelles-Victoria) - Summary: The Central Bank of the Seychelles has announced that Monday, December 9, 2013, would be a substitute bank holiday in the Seychelles on account of the annual Immaculate Conception bank holiday falling on a Sunday in 2013. Links: full story and other Seychelles news and updates.

3-Dec-2013

Spain

Spain Basque Public Holiday July 25 (Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco-BOPV) - Summary: The executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has announced that it has finally decided on July 25 (Santiago Apóstol) as the date of the public holiday, in 2014 at least, to replace the recently-canceled October 25 public holiday, and that it would soon amend the relevant decree ("Decreto 381/2013, de 9 de julio, de la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco/Euskadi, por el que se aprueba el Calendario Oficial de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Euskadi para el año 2014") accordingly. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

2-Dec-2013

Swaziland

Swaziland Little Incwala Tomorrow (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: The acting Governor of the Ludzidzini Royal Residence has announced that the start of the annual Little Incwala, attended by King Mswati III, will take place tomorrow. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

2-Dec-2013

Macedonia

Macedonian Public Holidays December 8-9 (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 Sunday, December 8, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday for all the citizens of Macedonia on account of the upcoming "St.Kliment Ohridski" Macedonian annual non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

2-Dec-2013

Belarus

Belarus 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus-Minsk) - Summary: The government of Belarus has released its annual list of official public holidays in Belarus for the upcoming calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Belarus news and updates.

2-Dec-2013

Andorra

Andorra 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Département de statistique du Ministère des Finances et de la Fonction Publique-Andorre) - Summary: Andorra's Ministère des Finances et de la Fonction Publique has released its annual list of the official bank holidays and public holidays in Andorrra, for the calendar year 2014. Links: full story and other Andorra news and updates.

2-Dec-2013

Israel

Israel Referendum Public Holiday Restored (Source: The Times of Israel-Jerusalem) - Summary: The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation has approved the declaration of a national non-working public holiday in Israel, to coincide with a yet-to-be-announced "land for peace" referendum. Links: full story and other Israel news and updates.

2-Dec-2013

India

Indian Capital Public Holiday December 4 (Source: The Hindu-Delhi) - Summary: The Lieutenant-Governor of India's Delhi Capital State, Najeeb Jung, has declared Wednesday, December 4, 2013, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming assembly polls. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

1-Dec-2013

Sénégal

Senegal Magal Public Holiday Becomes Law (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: During yesterday's full session of Senegal's parliament, its members unanimously approved the recent bill ("Projet de loi n°10/2013 complétant et modifiant certaines dispositions de la loi n° 74-52 du 04 novembre 1974 relative à la fête nationale et aux fêtes légales, modifiée") which finally makes the Magal de Touba a new official annual non-working public holiday in Senegal. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

1-Dec-2013

Romania

Romanian 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (Source: Mediafax-Bucharest) - Summary: Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, has announced a resolution declaring Friday, December 27, 2013, and Friday, January 3, 2014, as additional one-off non-working public sector holidays in Romania. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.


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