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Myanmar Mulls 2017 Public Holidays Changes

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Yangoon)
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017


The spokesperson for the Office of the President’s of Myanmar, U Zaw Htay, has announced that the upcoming 10-days of Myanmar public holidays for Thingyan and Burmese New Year, would be reduced to 5 days, as "the 10-day public holiday had hindered office work and banking services, with delays in transportation and commodity flows due to the long break".

The aforementioned reduction to 5 days of the upcoming 2017 Myanmar public holidays for Thingyan and Burmese New Year, would therefore amend the annual list of the dates of the official Myanmar bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Myanmar for the upcoming calendar year 2017, which was released last autumn by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of Myanmar (2016-11-20).

Off the record comments following the announcement would indicate that the 5 days of public holidays in Myanmar taken away in 2017 from Thingyan and Burmese New Year, would be sprinkled around other Myanmar public holidays in the remainder of 2017, namely "Thandingyut, Tazaungdine and international New Year", though no specifics were given.

Finally, it would seem that the Myanmar public sector will still benefit from 10 days of non-working public holidays around Thingyan and Burmese New Year, at least in 2017.


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