Kazakhstan Majilis Approves Public Holidays Law Amendments
Posted: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017
Earlier today, Kazakhstan's Parliament (the Majilis) approved the draft law "On The Introduction Of Amendments To The Law On Holidays Of The Republic Of Kazakhstan". The main feature of these amendments is the extension of the Nauryz Meiramy (Persian New Year) public holiday from its current 1 day (March 22) to 3 days (March 21-23).
This extension of the Persian New Year public holidays was suggested to the Majilis by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, last month (2009-02-11), and follows a trend in Central Asia where other countries have also extended the duration of the Novruz public holidays over the years (see, for example, 2002-05-08 and 2005-12-30).
The August 30 Constitution Day public holiday is to become the National Day, while the October 25 Republic Day public holiday is to be abolished altogether.
Although the amendments did not explicitly address the issue, based on the 2001 amendments to the law on public holidays in Kazakhstan (2001-12-14), we would expect that additional days will be given, whenever the new 3-day Novruz public holidays overlap a weekend, with the net effect that some years (such as 2009 when both the 21st and 22nd of March will fall on a weekend), the Novruz public holidays could last up to 5 days.
Previous substantial amendments to the law on public holidays in Kazakhstan were passed in 2008 (2008-06-23), 2005 (2005-12-28) and 2001 (2001-12-14).
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