Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates March 2018


 
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This monthly recap of March 2018 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-Mar-2018

Nepal

Nepalese 2018-2019 Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) - Summary: The Nepalese Minister of State for Information and Communications, Gokul Baskota, has announced that the government of Nepal had gazetted its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2075 (April 2018-April 2019), reducing the number of public holidays, including Saturdays, from 104 to 89. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

30-Mar-2018

Chad

Chad Adds March 8 Public Holiday (Source: Agence Tchadienne de Presse-N’Djamena) - Summary: Chad's President, Idriss Déby, has announced that International Women's Day, on March 8, would henceforth be an annual non-working public holiday in Chad. Links: full story and other Chad news and updates.

29-Mar-2018

Jordan

Jordanian Public Holidays April 1, 8 and 9 (Source: Jordan News Agency Petra-Amman) - Summary: The Jordanian Prime Ministry has issued a circular decreeing April 1, 8 and 9, 2018, as additional non-working public holidays in Jordan on account of the upcoming Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday non-working public holidays of Jordan in 2018. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

29-Mar-2018

Macau

Macau 2019 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: The government of the Macau SAR has announced its annual full list of official Macau non-working annual public holidays for the upcoming calendar year 2019, thus completing the recently-released list of one-off public holidays in Macau for 2019. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

28-Mar-2018

Cape Verde

Cape Verde 2018 Easter Public Holidays (Source: Ministro da Administração Interna-República de Cabo Verde) - Summary: The government of Cape Verde has declared a one-off public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) for the afternoon of Thursday, March 29, 2018, on account of Maundy Thursday. Links: full story and other Cape Verde news and updates.

28-Mar-2018

The Gambia

Gambian Easter 2018 Public Holidays (Source: Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) - Summary: The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared Friday, March 30, and Monday, April 2, 2018, as non-working public holidays throughout the Republic of The Gambia, on account of the upcoming Good Friday and Easter Monday. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

28-Mar-2018

Laos

Laos 2018 Public Holidays Extended (Source: The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic-Ventiane) - Summary: The Prime Minister’s Office of the government of Laos has released an amended and extended version of its previously-announced annual official list of non-working public holidays in Laos for the calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Laos news and updates.

28-Mar-2018

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Extra Public Holiday March 31 (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal-Port of Spain) - Summary: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced that, under the terms of the "Public Holidays and Festivals Act", Saturday, March 31, 2018, had been declared as an additional non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, on account of the upcoming 2018 Good Friday and Shouter Baptist Liberation Day annual public holidays of Trinidad and Tobago, falling on the same date. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

27-Mar-2018

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Public Holiday May 7 (Source: Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs-Colombo) - Summary: The Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has announced that the Sri Lankan Government would declare Monday, May 7, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in Sri Lanka "taking into the consideration of the Vesak week, which coincides with the International Workers’ Day". Links: full story and other Sri Lanka news and updates.

27-Mar-2018

Philippines

Philippines Public Sector Holiday March 28 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: Philippines' Presidential Executive Secretary, Salvador Medialdea, has announced the declaration of an additional non-working public holiday in the Philippines on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, on account of Holy Wednesday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

27-Mar-2018

Nigeria

Nigerian Easter 2018 Public Holidays (Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) - Summary: The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has announced that the Nigerian Government had declared Friday, March 30, and Monday, April 2, 2018, as non-working public holidays to commemorate this year's upcoming Good Friday and Easter Monday non-working public holidays in Nigeria, respectively. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

27-Mar-2018

Lebanon

Lebanon April 2018 Bank Holidays Amended (Source: Banque du Liban-Beirut) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Lebanon in conjunction with the Banque du Liban (Lebanon's Central Bank), has issued yet an amended version of the annual list of Lebanese non-working bank holidays in Lebanon for the calendar year 2018, by declaring non-working bank holidays in Lebanon in 2018 for both Orthodox and Catholic Easter Mondays. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

26-Mar-2018

East Timor

Timor Leste Public Holiday March 29 (Source: Press Release Government Of Timor-Leste-Dili) - Summary: The government of Timor Leste has announced that it had once again decided to extend the annual Easter non-working public holidays in Timor Leste by declaring an additional day-off public sector holiday (toleránsia pontu) for Maundy Thursday, on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Links: full story and other East Timor news and updates.

25-Mar-2018

Lebanon

Lebanon 2018 Public Holidays Amended (Source: Government Portal for Information and Forms-Republic of Lebanon) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Government of Lebanon has declared April 6 and 9, 2018, the date of the upcoming Orthodox Good Friday and Orthodox Easter, as non-working public holidays in Lebanon. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

24-Mar-2018

Ukraine

Ukraine Easter 2018 Public Holidays (Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine-Kiev) - Summary: The Ministry of Social Policy of the Ukraine has issued a communiqué confirming and detailing the official list of Easter 2018 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, as had been announced earlier this year. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

23-Mar-2018

Iran

Iranian 2018-2019 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Islamic Consultative Assembly-Majlis) - Summary: The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), has announced the annual official list of non-working public holidays in Iran for the Persian year 1396, running from March 21, 2018, to March 20, 2019. Links: full story and other Iran news and updates.

23-Mar-2018

India

Indian Andhra Pradesh Sri Rama Navami Public Holiday Moved (Source: Government of Andhra Pradesh-Hyderabad) - Summary: The Government of India's State of Andhra Pradesh has issued the Government Order amendment No. 679, 680 of 23.03.2018 ("Notification in partial modification of the orders issued in G.O.Rt.No.2437, General Administration (Poll.B) Department, Dt:31.10.2017"), which amends the terms of the extra-ordinary Gazette announcement of the days which shall be non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2018, by moving the upcoming "Sri Rama Navami" public holiday in India's State of Andhra Pradesh, from Sunday, March 25, to Monday, March 26, 2018. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

23-Mar-2018

Ghana

Ghana 2018 Easter Public Holidays (Source: Ghana News Agency-Accra) - Summary: Ghana's Minister of the Interior, via Ambrose Derry, has announced that Friday, March 30, and Monday, April 1, 2018, had once again been declared statutory non-working public holidays in Ghana on account of the upcoming annual Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays in Ghana. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

22-Mar-2018

Paraguay

Paraguay Public Sector Holiday March 28 (Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay-Asunción) - Summary: Paraguay's President, Horacio Cartes, has once again decreed a non-working public sector holiday for Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, to let Paraguayan civil servants begin their Holy Week non-working public holidays earlier. Links: full story and other Paraguay news and updates.

22-Mar-2018

Venezuela

Venezuelan Easter 2018 Public Holidays Extended (Source: Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información-Caracas) - Summary: Venezuela's president, Nicolás Maduro, has issued a decree declaring public sector holidays in Venezuela, for the entire upcoming Holy Week, from Saturday, March 24, 2018, until Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusively. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

22-Mar-2018

Spain

Spain 2019 Asturias Public Holidays Gazetted (Source: Boletín Oficial del Principado de Asturias-BOPA) - Summary: The Principado de Asturias autonomous region of Spain has gazetted its annual list of regional non-working public holidays in Spain's autonomous regions of the Asturias (calendario laboral en el ambito del Principado de Asturias), for the upcoming calendar year 2018. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

21-Mar-2018

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Public Holiday March 22 (Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs-St. John's) - Summary: Antigua and Barbuda's returned Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has announced that as per tradition, he would declare tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018, as a one-off post-election public holiday in Antigua and Barbuda. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

21-Mar-2018

Botswana

Botswana Public Holiday April 3 (Source: Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) - Summary: The government of Botswana has announced that a one-off public holiday in Botswana had been declared on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Links: full story and other Botswana news and updates.

20-Mar-2018

Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Easter 2018 Public Sector Holidays Extended (Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua-MITRAB) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministerio del Trabajo (Mitrab) has announced that Nicaragua's public sector workers and government services would, this year, close down for 9 consecutive days of public sector holidays in Nicaragua on account of the upcoming Holy Week 2018. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

19-Mar-2018

Honduras

Honduras Public Sector Holidays March 24-April 1 (Source: La Prensa Libre-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The secretaría de Derechos Humanos, Justicia, Gobernación y Descentralización of Honduras, has once again approved the declaration of the entire upcoming Holy Week (March 24-April 1, 2018) as additional non-working public holidays for Honduras' public sector employees. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

18-Mar-2018

Venezuela

Venezuelan Bank Holiday March 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 Monday, March 19, 2018, would be a bank holiday in Venezuela, on account of the annual "Día de San José") annual bank holiday of Venezuela. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

17-Mar-2018

Spain

Spain 2019 Balears Public Holidays Announced (Source: Dirección General de Trabajo Y Salud Laboral-Govern de les Illes Balears) - Summary: The Consell de Govern of Spain's autonomous region of the Balears (ámbito autonómico de las Islas Baleares) has announced its official annual calendar of 2019 regional and national public holidays in Spain's autonomous region of the Balears (calendario laboral). Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

16-Mar-2018

Macau

Macau Declares Additional 2019 Public Holidays (Source: Portal do Governo da RAEM da República Popular da China-Macau) - Summary: Macau's Chief Executive has once again announced additional, one-off, non-working public holidays (Special Grant for exempt from work for staff in Public Administration by the Chief Executive on 12 March 2018) for the upcoming calendar year 2019. Links: full story and other Macau news and updates.

16-Mar-2018

Costa Rica

Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays March 24-April 1 (Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) - Summary: Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that the Costa Rican public sector and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 24, until Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusively. Links: full story and other Costa Rica news and updates.

15-Mar-2018

Swaziland

Swaziland Public Holidays April 19-20 (Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs-Mbabane) - Summary: Swaziland's Minister for Home Affairs, Princess Tsandzile, has announced in Parliament that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in Swaziland to mark King Mswati III's birthday would be observed on Thursday, April 19, 2018, to be followed by a one-off public holiday on Friday, April 20, 2018. Links: full story and other Swaziland news and updates.

14-Mar-2018

Philippines

Philippines Public Holiday March 28 (Source: Philippine Information Agency-Manila) - Summary: The Mayor of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada, has declared Wednesday, March 28, 2018, as a one-off non-working municipal public holiday on account of the upcoming annual Holy Wednesday. Links: full story and other Philippines news and updates.

13-Mar-2018

Guatemala

Guatemala Electoral Public Holiday April 16 (Source: Diario de Centro América-Diario público de Guatemala) - Summary: Guatemalan vice-president, Jafeth Cabrera, has confirmed that the Guatemalan government has declared Monday, April 16, 2018, as a one-off non-working public sector holiday in Guatemala on account of the upcoming elections. Links: full story and other Guatemala news and updates.

12-Mar-2018

Romania

Romanian Good Friday Public Holiday Update (Source: Senatului României-Bucharest) - Summary: Ealier today, Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, promulgated a law to add a new annual non-working public holiday in Romania, as well as bank holiday in Romania, on Good Friday (Vinerea Mare). Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

11-Mar-2018

Algeria

Algerian Cabinet to Enshrine Amazigh Public Holiday (Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique-Algiers) - Summary: The Algerian law on public holidays is to be the main topic at the upcoming Council of Ministers, and is expected to enshrine the addition of Amazigh (aka. Berber) New Year as a new public holiday in Algeria. Links: full story and other Algeria news and updates.

11-Mar-2018

Palau

Palau Public Holiday March 15 (Source: Palau Government-Koror) - Summary: The government of Palau has announced that Thursday, March 15, 2018, would be the date of the annual non-working public holiday in Palau on account of the upcoming Youth Day non-working public holiday in Palau. Links: full story and other Palau news and updates.

10-Mar-2018

Liberia

Liberian Public Holidays March 14-15 (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday and Thursday, March 14-15, 2018, as non-working public holidays to be observed throughout the Republic of Liberia as national non-working public holidays marking "the 209th Birth Anniversary of Liberia's first President Joseph Jenkins Roberts" and Decoration Day, respectively. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

10-Mar-2018

Saint Helena

Saint Helena 2018 Tristan Public Holiday March 12 (Source: Tristan Times-Tristan da Cunha) - Summary: The Chief Islander of Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha has declared Monday, March 12, 2018, as the date for this year's annual Queen's Day public holiday in Saint Helena's region of Tristan da Cunha. Links: full story and other Saint Helena news and updates.

9-Mar-2018

Finland

Finland 2021 Bank Holidays Announced (Source: Suomen Pankki- Finlands Bank-Helsinki) - Summary: Finland's Central Bank (Suomen Pankki) has released its annual list of official bank holidays (Pankkivapaapäivät), as well as related non-working public holidays in Finland for the calendar year 2021 ("National holidays when banks are closed"). Links: full story and other Finland news and updates.

8-Mar-2018

Latvia

Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Update (Source: LETA News Agency-Riga) - Summary: A bill which would make Orthodox Christmas a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia, passed its first reading in the Saeima (Latvian parliament), by a small majority of votes. Links: full story and other Latvia news and updates.

7-Mar-2018

Germany

Germany To Add Reformation Public Holiday In Lower Saxony (Source: Norddeutscher Rundfunk-Hannover) - Summary: The State Chancellery of Germany's state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) has announced that the Cabinet has approved a draft bill from the Ministry of Interior to declare October 31 as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

7-Mar-2018

Peru

Peruvian Public Holidays March 29-30 (Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano-Lima) - Summary: The Peruvian government has announced that March 29 and 30, 2018, would be public holidays in Peru. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.

6-Mar-2018

Zambia

Zambian Public Holiday March 9 (Source: The Lusaka Times-Lusaka) - Summary: The Zambian Government Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared Friday, March 9, 2018, as one-off non-working public holidays in Zambia on account of the upcoming "commemoration of the International Women’s Day on Thursday". Links: full story and other Zambia news and updates.

5-Mar-2018

Armenia

Armenian Public Holiday April 2 (Source: Armenian News Agency-ARMENPRESS) - Summary: The Government of Armenia has announced, once again, that Monday, April 2, 2018, would be a non-working public holiday in Armenia, on account of the upcoming "Day after the Holy Resurrection of Christ" (Merelotz). Links: full story and other Armenia news and updates.

4-Mar-2018

Lebanon

Lebanon 2018 Bank Holidays Amended Again (Source: Banque du Liban-Beirut) - Summary: The Association of Banks in Lebanon in conjunction with the Banque du Liban (Lebanon's Central Bank), has issued yet an amended version of the annual list of Lebanese non-working bank holidays in Lebanon for the calendar year 2018, by moving the non-working bank holiday in Lebanon in 2018 for the Annunciation, to Saturday, March 24. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

3-Mar-2018

Mongolia

Mongolian Public Holiday March 8 (Source: Montsame Agency-Ulaanbaatar) - Summary: The Mongolian government has announced that Thursday, March 8, 2018, would be a non-working public holiday in Mongolia, on account of International Women's Day. Links: full story and other Mongolia news and updates.

2-Mar-2018

Qatar

Qatari Bank Holiday March 4 (Source: Qatari News Agency-QNA) - Summary: Qatar's Central Bank (QCB) has announced that all banks and financial institutions under its control (ie. all banks in Qatar) would be closed to the public on Sunday, March 4, 2018, on account of the annual early-March bank holiday. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

2-Mar-2018

Canada

Canada Federal November 11 Public Holiday (Source: The House of Commons of Canada-Ottawa) - Summary: The Canadian House of Commons bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day), to extend the observance of the regional, November 11, Remembrance Day, non-working public holiday of Canada ("is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such throughout Canada") and by specifying a day in lieu when November 11 falls on a weekend ("When November 11 is a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such"), was enacted by its signature by Canada's Governor General. Links: full story and other Canada news and updates.

1-Mar-2018

Germany

Germany Hamburg State Adds Reformation Public Holiday (Source: Hamburger Abendblatt-Hamburg) - Summary: Yesterday, as scheduled, the Parliament of Germany's Hamburg State voted on a new October 31 annual public holiday, with effect in 2018, and approved it by a vote of 66 out of 116 votes cast (the issue was not whether to add a new annual public holiday in Germany's Hamburg State, but which date it should be). Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.


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