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Nepal Declares Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019


The government of Nepal, through its Ministry of Home Affairs, has announced that Friday, December 1, 2017, had been declared as the date of a new (annual?) non-working public holiday across the country "to mark the birth of Muhammad Mustafa Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam".

Today's announcement of a Friday, December 1, 2017, non-working public holiday in Nepal on account of the Prophet's Birthday, represents a marked departure from the gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year 2074 (mid-April 2017 to mid-April 2018), released earlier this year (2017-03-25), as well as the public holidays of Nepal for the past years (2016-04-02, 2015-03-03, 2014-03-02, 2013-04-24, 2012-03-29 and 2012-01-30).

Muslim public holidays were added to the official list of Nepalese public holidays for 2008 (2008-10-01), after years of protests by the Muslim minority in Nepal (2007-06-30), and maintained for the last 8 years (2010-09-09 and 2009-09-20).

Note that, after a brief interval in 2000-2001 when a 2-day weekend was tried (2001-01-13), Nepal now observes a 1-day weekend on Saturdays, which means a 3-day weekend when the Friday, December 1, 2017, non-working public holiday in Nepal on account of the Prophet's Birthday is summed-up with Sunday's upcoming Ubhauli festival public holiday of Nepal.

Apparently, but this remains to be confirmed, the government of Nepal has also announced plans to Declare the upcoming Christmas and Prithvi Jayanti as public holidays in Nepal.



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