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Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates October 2017

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This monthly recap of October 2017 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

22-Oct-2017

Sénégal

Senegal 2017 Magal Public Holiday Date Announced (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: The spokesperson for the cellule de communication du comité d’organisation for the upcoming 2017 Grand Magal de Touba, Mor Daga Sylla, has announced that the date of the 2017 Grand Magal de Touba annual public holiday of Sénégal would be November 8, 2017. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

22-Oct-2017

Belize

Belize 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) - Summary: The press office of the Government of Belize has sent out a press release, signed by the Belize Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, announcing its official list of annual non-working public holidays in Belize for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Belize news and updates.

21-Oct-2017

Macedonia

Macedonian 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Macedonia and Macedonian bank holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2018 ("Programa na nerabotni denovi za 2018 godina"). Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

21-Oct-2017

Sweden

Sweden 2018 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 2018. Links: full story and other Sweden news and updates.

21-Oct-2017

Namibia

Namibian 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: The Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology-Windhoek) - Summary: The Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has released its annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Namibia, for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Namibia news and updates.

21-Oct-2017

Palau

Palau UN 2017 Public Holiday October 24 (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: The government of Palau has announced that Tuesday, October 24, 2017, would be the date of the annual non-working public holiday in Palau on account of the upcoming United Nations Day non-working public holiday in Palau. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.

20-Oct-2017

Peru

Peru Votes October 31 Public Holiday (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The bill introduced by Congresista Karina Beteta, to declare October 31, Reformation Day, a new paid annual non-working public holiday in Peru (con carácter de feriado no laborable) has, surprisingly, been passed at the eleventh hour by Peru's Congress in its ultimate sessions of the current legislature. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

20-Oct-2017

Vietnam

Vietnam 2018 Public Holidays Update (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hanoi) - Summary: The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has received feedback from the ministries it consulted last month concerning the 2 options contained in the draft annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2018, and all 6 concerned ministries have replied with a preference for Option 2, the one where the annual Tet Nguyên dán lunar new year of Vietnam would start 2 days before the Lunar New Year. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

19-Oct-2017

Kenya

Kenyan Public Holiday October 26 (Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) - Summary: Following on the heels of the recent decision by Kenya‘s election commission to move the upcoming general elections re-vote ordered by the Supreme Court, from Tuesday, October 17, 2017, to Thursday, October 26, 2017, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, has gazetted Thursday, October 26, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Kenya, "to allow Kenyans to vote in the repeat presidential election". Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

19-Oct-2017

India

Indian Gujarat 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Gujarat-Gandhinagar) - Summary: The Government of India's state of Gujarat has announced its annual list of the days which will be non-working public holidays in India's state of Gujarat for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

19-Oct-2017

Peru

Peruvian Census Public Holiday October 22 (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The Peruvian government has declared a public holiday on Sunday, October 22, 2017, on account of that day's national census ("Censos nacionales de Población y de Vivienda y de Comunidades Indígenas"). Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

18-Oct-2017

Russia

Russian 2018 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: ITAR-TASS-Moscow) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed and officially gazetted its previously-announced annual "Government Resolution On The Transfer Of Public Holidays in 2018" (Decree No.1250 of October 14, 2017), which lists the official non-working public holidays and bridge holidays in Russia for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

18-Oct-2017

Argentina

Argentina's Public Holidays Law Promulgated (Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina-Buenos Aires) - Summary: The government of Argentina has promulgated the law 27.399 which reinstates the feriados puente whereby the executive will have the ability to declare one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina, up to a maximum of 3 per year, a law signed by president Mauricio Macri, his Chief of Staff, Marcos Peña, minister of the interior, Rogelio Frigerio. Links: full story and other Argentina news and updates.

17-Oct-2017

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 2018 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of Kazakhstan has amended the recently-released annual list of 2018 public holidays in Kazakhstan ("On Holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan"), "with a view to rational use of working time in accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 85 of the Labor Code", in accordance with the labor legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

17-Oct-2017

Nepal

Nepalese Tihar Public Holidays October 19-21 (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: A spokesperson for the Ministry of General Administration of the government of Nepal has announced that the government of Nepal had declared Thursday to Saturday, October 19-21, 2017, as a non-working public holidays for the upcoming annual Tihar public holidays of Nepal. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

16-Oct-2017

India

Indian Telangana Moves 2017 Diwali Public Holiday (Source: Government of Telangana-Hyderabad) - Summary: The Government of India's State of Telangana has amended the terms of the "Telangana GO List of General Holidays, Optional Holidays for the year 2017" (G.O.RT.No. 2529) which officially lists the annual non-working public holidays to be observed in the Indian State of Telangana for the calendar year 2017, by moving the Naraka Chaturthi and Diwali public holiday from October 17-18, 2017, to October 18-19, 2017. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

16-Oct-2017

Philippines

Philippines Public Holiday October 17 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Malacañang Executive Secretary, Salvador Medialdea, has announced that President Rodrigo Duterte had declared another one-off non-working public sector holiday and school holiday in the Philippines on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, on account of the second day of the current nationwide transportation strike. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

16-Oct-2017

Bahrain

Bahrain Releases 1439 AH Calendar (Source: Bahrain News Agency-BNA) - Summary: Bahrain's Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments has released the "Bahrain Islamic Calendar for the new Hijri Year 1439" which will no doubt be used to calculate the dates of the 2018 Islamic public holidays of Bahrain. Links: full story and other Bahrain news and updates.

15-Oct-2017

Philippines

Philippines Public Holiday October 16 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Philippines Presidential Communications Secretary, Martin Andanar, has announced that President Rodrigo Duterte had declared a one-off non-working public sector holiday and school holiday in the Philippines on Monday, October 16, 2017, on account of the beginning of a nationwide transportation strike on that date. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

14-Oct-2017

India

Indian Tamil Nadu Rules-Out October 17-19 Public Holidays (Source: Government of Tamil Nadu-Chennai) - Summary: The Madurai bench of the Madras High court has dismissed a petition aiming to force the Government of India's State of Tamil Nadu to declare October 17 and October 19, 2017, as non-working public holidays to facilitate the celebration of the Deepavali annual public holiday with the upcoming weekend. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

13-Oct-2017

India

Indian 2017 West Bengal Adds 2017 Chhat Puja Public Holidays (Source: Government of West Bengal-Kolkata) - Summary: The State Government of India's state of West Bengal has issued a notification declaring 2 public holidays in India's state of West Bengal on account of Chhat Puja, on Thursday and Friday, October 26-27, 2017. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

13-Oct-2017

India

India 2018 Kerala Public Holidays Announced (Source: Government of Kerala-Thiruvananthapuram) - Summary: The Government of India's state of Kerala has announced its annual list of the days which will be non-working public holidays in India's state of Kerala for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

13-Oct-2017

Sénégal

Senegal 2017 Magal Public Holiday Date Change (Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal-Dakar) - Summary: The spokesperson for the cellule de communication du comité d’organisation for the upcoming 2017 Grand Magal de Touba, Mor Daga Sylla, has announced that the date of the 2017 Grand Magal de Touba annual public holiday of Sénégal would be either November 7 or 8, 2017. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

12-Oct-2017

Spain

Spain 2018 National Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial del Estado-BOE) - Summary: Following the recent gazetting of the 2018 public holidays in the last of Spain's autonomous regions, the national government of Spain has gazetted its annual list of official national non-working public holidays (calendario laboral) in Spain for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

11-Oct-2017

South Korea

South Korean 2025 and 2028 Public Holiday Preview (Source: Yonhap News Agency-Seoul) - Summary: With the recent 10-day Chuseok public holidays of South Korea barely over, speculation is already rife that similar one-off bridge public holidays will be declared by the Government of South Korea, in 2025 and 2028, when a similar configuration of the Chuseok and Hanugeul public holidays of South Korea and adjoining weekends occurs. Links: full story and other South Korea news and updates.

11-Oct-2017

Thailand

Thailand Declares Bank Holiday October 26 (Source: The Bank of Thailand-Bangkok) - Summary: Thailand's Central Bank has declared Thursday, October 26, 2017, as an additional one-off non-working bank holiday in Thailand, on account of that day's royal cremation of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Links: full story and other Thailand news and updates.

10-Oct-2017

Bolivia

Bolivian Public Holiday October 11 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social-La Paz) - Summary: Bolivia's Minister of Labour has issued a communique announcing that Wednesday, October 11, 2017, would be a non-working public holiday in Bolivia for Bolivian Women's Day Día de la Mujer Boliviana as a compulsory non-working public holiday in Bolivia for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Bolivia news and updates.

10-Oct-2017

Panama

Panamanian Public Holiday October 11 (Source: Presidencia de la República de Panamá-Panama City) - Summary: Panama's President, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, has declared tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, as a one-off public holiday in Panama to celebrate Panama's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018. Links: full story and other Panama news and updates.

10-Oct-2017

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Public Holidays Overhaul (Source: Turkmenistan Government Information Agency-Ashgabad) - Summary: The parliament of Turkmenistan, the Mejlis, has adopted Amendments to the Labor Code of Turkmenistan which drastically change the annual calendar of official public holidays in Turkmenistan ("work at enterprises, organizations and institutions is not carried out on the following national holiday and memorable days"). Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

9-Oct-2017

Peru

Peruvian FIFA Public Holiday October 10 (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The Peruvian government has declared a public holiday on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, to allow Peruvians to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match of Peru against Colombia. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

8-Oct-2017

Spain

Spain 2018 Melilla Public Holidays Announced (Source: Consejo de Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla-BOME) - Summary: The Consejo de Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla, in an emergency session (Sesión ejecutiva extraordinaria y urgente), has released its calendario laboral, the annual official list of 2018 non-working public holidays in Spain's autonomous region of Melilla, in the Boletín Oficial de Melilla (BOME). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

8-Oct-2017

Malta

Malta Day In Lieu Public Holidays Progress (Source: Malta Department of Information-Government of Malta) - Summary: Malta's Finance Minister, Edward Scicluna, has announced that all workers Malta will get an extra day added to their vacation leave, beginning next year, but that no agreement has been reached yet with employers’ organizations as to how to implement the government's electoral promise to restore as day in lieu public holidays the public holidays which are lost when they fall on weekends. Links: full story and other Malta news and updates.

7-Oct-2017

Guyana

Guyana 2017 Deepavali Public Holiday (Source: Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs-Georgetown) - Summary: The government of Guyana's Minister Of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, has announced that the government of Guyana had gazetted Wednesday, October 18, 2017, as the date of the upcoming Deepavali non-working public holiday in Guyana. Links: full story and other Guyana news and updates.

6-Oct-2017

Liberia

Liberia Electoral Public Holiday October 10 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, October 10, 2017, as a non-working public holiday to be observed throughout the Republic as a national holiday on the date when Liberia votes to elect President Sirleaf's successor and 73 members of a new National Assembly. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

5-Oct-2017

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Astana) - Summary: The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of Kazakhstan has released the annual list of 2018 public holidays in Kazakhstan ("On Holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan"), the days in which national and state holidays are celebrated in Kazakhstan are recognized as holidays in accordance with the labor legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

4-Oct-2017

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Holidays October 5-6 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's President, Luis Guillermo Solís, has issued 2 decrees declaring Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017, as one-off non-working public holidays in Costa Rica, on account of the heavy rains due to tropical storm Nate. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

3-Oct-2017

The Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Gazette Office Cayman Islands Government-Grand Cayman) - Summary: The Deputy Governor's Office of the Cayman Islands has released its listing of the 2018 annual non-working public holidays in the Cayman Islands, including the date for the public holiday for Her Majesty the Queen's birthday in 2018. Links: full story and other The Cayman Islands news and updates.

3-Oct-2017

Indonesia

Indonesian 2018 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat-Jakarta) - Summary: The government of Indonesia has finally issued its annual decree ("Surat Keputusan Bersama (SKB) Hari Libur Nasional dan Cuti Bersama Tahun 2018") designating the list of Indonesian public holidays and collective leave days ("cuti bersama") for the calendar year 2018, for both the private and public sectors. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

2-Oct-2017

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Holiday October 16 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming October 12 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's (Día del Encuentro de Culturas) was an official non-working public holiday (feriado de pago no obligatorio), but that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and, as it occurs on a Thursday, in 2017, its observance would be moved to Monday, October 16, 2017. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

1-Oct-2017

Egypt

Egyptian Hijri 1439 Public Holiday Announced (Source: Egypt State Information Service-Cairo) - Summary: Egypt’s Prime Minister, Sherif Ismail, has issued a decree declaring Thursday, October 5, 2017, as a non-working official public holiday in Egypt for both the public sector and the private sector on account of the upcoming October 6 annual non-working public holiday of Egypt. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.


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