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The government of Nepal, through its Ministry of Home Affairs, has finally announced that Sunday, September 3, 2017, had been declared as the date of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday across the country on account of the upcoming Baqar-Eid (Feast of Sacrifice) annual non-working public holiday of Nepal.
In 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), the date of the public holiday for the Baqar-Eid (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holiday was set as September 2, 2017. Therefore the aforementioned announcement represents a last-minute change, as happened some years (2015-09-23, 2014-10-03 and 2012-10-18), but not other years (2016-09-10 and 2013-10-14).
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 may explain the aforementioned extremely late date for the upcoming annual non-working public holiday across the country on account of the upcoming Baqar-Eid (Feast of Sacrifice).
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