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Nepalese 2017 Eid-ul-Adha Public Holiday

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017


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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