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February 25, 2024

  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Confirms Shab-e-Barat Public Holiday Tomorrow
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). The government of Bangladesh has announced that the public sector and bank holiday for Shab-e-Barat would be observed tomorrow, Monday, February 26, 2024, in line with the February 11 announcement by the National Moon-Sighting Committee of Bangladesh that the Moon for the month of Shaban had been sighted and that Shab-e-Barat would be celebrated the evening of Sunday, February 25, 2024, with the related public holiday being observed on Monday, February 26, 2024.    
  • Bangladesh Confirms Shab-e-Barat Public Holiday Tomorrow
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). The government of Bangladesh has announced that the public sector and bank holiday for Shab-e-Barat would be observed tomorrow, Monday, February 26, 2024, in line with the February 11 announcement by the National Moon-Sighting Committee of Bangladesh that the Moon for the month of Shaban had been sighted and that Shab-e-Barat would be celebrated the evening of Sunday, February 25, 2024, with the related public holiday being observed on Monday, February 26, 2024.    

February 24, 2024

  • Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijan Extends End of Ramadan 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers (Baku). The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan has announced its decision İş və istirahət günlərinin yerlərinin dəyişdirilməsi haqqında (On changing the sequence of working and rest days). As per that decision, to ensure the sequence of working and rest days, the rest day of Saturday, April 6, 2024, has been moved to Friday, April 12, 2024, meaning that the upcoming Ramazan bayramı (End of Ramadan) public holidays of Azerbaijan will last for 5 consecutive days, from Wednesday, April 10, until Sunday, April 14, 2024, inclusively.    
  • Azerbaijan Extends End of Ramadan 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers (Baku). The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan has announced its decision İş və istirahət günlərinin yerlərinin dəyişdirilməsi haqqında (On changing the sequence of working and rest days). As per that decision, to ensure the sequence of working and rest days, the rest day of Saturday, April 6, 2024, has been moved to Friday, April 12, 2024, meaning that the upcoming Ramazan bayramı (End of Ramadan) public holidays of Azerbaijan will last for 5 consecutive days, from Wednesday, April 10, until Sunday, April 14, 2024, inclusively.    
  • Iran
  • Iran
  • Iran Declares March 1st Majlis Public Holiday
    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (Tehran). The Iranian government has declared Friday, March 1st, 2024, as a public holiday on account of the 12th Islamic Consultative Assembly elections being held on that date.    
  • Iran Declares March 1st Majlis Public Holiday
    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (Tehran). The Iranian government has declared Friday, March 1st, 2024, as a public holiday on account of the 12th Islamic Consultative Assembly elections being held on that date.    
  • Telangana (TS)
  • Telangana (TS)
  • Telangana Maintains February 26 Shab-e-Barat As Optional Holiday
    Source: Government of Telangana (Hyderabad). The Government of India's State of Telangana has confirmed that, contrary to what was done for the Shab-e-Meraj, the date of the upcoming Shab-e-Barat, on February 26, would remain an optional holiday in Telangana in 2024, as per the vide notification G.O.Rt. No.1633, listing the 2024 public holidays in Telangana, released last December. Recall that, earlier this month, the Government of Telangana had declared Thursday, February 8, 2024, as a public holiday on the occasion of Shab-e-Meraj, meaning that all Telangana government offices and schools would be closed on that date.    
  • Telangana Maintains February 26 Shab-e-Barat As Optional Holiday
    Source: Government of Telangana (Hyderabad). The Government of India's State of Telangana has confirmed that, contrary to what was done for the Shab-e-Meraj, the date of the upcoming Shab-e-Barat, on February 26, would remain an optional holiday in Telangana in 2024, as per the vide notification G.O.Rt. No.1633, listing the 2024 public holidays in Telangana, released last December. Recall that, earlier this month, the Government of Telangana had declared Thursday, February 8, 2024, as a public holiday on the occasion of Shab-e-Meraj, meaning that all Telangana government offices and schools would be closed on that date.    

February 23, 2024

  • Colombia
  • Colombia
  • Colombian 2026 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Banco de la República (Bogota). The Central Bank of Colombia (Banco de la República) has announced the list of non-working public holidays and bank holidays to be observed in Colombia during the calendar year 2026. Recall that Colombian public holidays follow the Ley 51 de 1983 (Diciembre 6), "Por la cual se traslada el descanso remunerado de algunos días festivos"), whereby most (but not all) public holidays in Colombia move to the next Monday whenever the official date occurs on a day other than a Monday, so as not to break the work weeks in half. Law 51 of 1983, is also named Ley Emiliani, after its architect, who died in 2005.    
  • Colombian 2026 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Banco de la República (Bogota). The Central Bank of Colombia (Banco de la República) has announced the list of non-working public holidays and bank holidays to be observed in Colombia during the calendar year 2026. Recall that Colombian public holidays follow the Ley 51 de 1983 (Diciembre 6), "Por la cual se traslada el descanso remunerado de algunos días festivos"), whereby most (but not all) public holidays in Colombia move to the next Monday whenever the official date occurs on a day other than a Monday, so as not to break the work weeks in half. Law 51 of 1983, is also named Ley Emiliani, after its architect, who died in 2005.    
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominican Republic Independence Day Public Holiday Fixed On February 27
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana (Santo Domingo). The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued an official communiqué confirming that, as per the current legislation on public holidays in the Dominican Republic, the upcoming Día de la Independencia (Independence Day) annual non-working public holiday would be observed, on its traditional date, namely Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The aforementioned announcement is in line with the 1997 "Ley No. 139-97 mediante la cual los días feriados del calendario que coincidan con los días martes y miércoles, jueves o viernes serán trasladados de fecha" which excludes January 1st, January 21, February 27, August 16, September 24, and December 25, from its scope.    
  • Dominican Republic Independence Day Public Holiday Fixed On February 27
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana (Santo Domingo). The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued an official communiqué confirming that, as per the current legislation on public holidays in the Dominican Republic, the upcoming Día de la Independencia (Independence Day) annual non-working public holiday would be observed, on its traditional date, namely Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The aforementioned announcement is in line with the 1997 "Ley No. 139-97 mediante la cual los días feriados del calendario que coincidan con los días martes y miércoles, jueves o viernes serán trasladados de fecha" which excludes January 1st, January 21, February 27, August 16, September 24, and December 25, from its scope.    
  • Pakistan
  • Pakistan
  • Sindh Declares February 26 Shab-e-Barat Holiday
    Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan (Islamabad). The Government of Pakistan's Province of Sindh has announced that all public and private educational institutions under the authority of Sindh’s schools and college departments will be closed on Monday, February 26, 2024, in observance of Shab-e-Barat (the 15th day of the month of Shaban).    
  • Sindh Declares February 26 Shab-e-Barat Holiday
    Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan (Islamabad). The Government of Pakistan's Province of Sindh has announced that all public and private educational institutions under the authority of Sindh’s schools and college departments will be closed on Monday, February 26, 2024, in observance of Shab-e-Barat (the 15th day of the month of Shaban).    
  • Philippines
  • Philippines
  • Zamboanga Charter Anniversary Public Holiday February 26
    Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila). Philippines' President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has issued the Proclamation No. 483 s. 2024, declaring Monday, February 26, 2024, as a (non-working) public holiday in the City of Zamboanga. Proclamation No. 483, signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin ("Whereas, on 26 February 2024, Monday, the City of Zamboanga will mark the celebration of its 87th Charter Anniversary; and whereas, it is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Zamboanga be given full opportunity to participate in the occasion and enjoy the celebration; Now, therefore, I, Lucas P. Bersamin, Executive Secretary, by authority of the President, Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., do hereby declare Monday, 26 February 2024, a special (non-working) day in the City of Zamboanga.").    
  • Zamboanga Charter Anniversary Public Holiday February 26
    Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila). Philippines' President, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has issued the Proclamation No. 483 s. 2024, declaring Monday, February 26, 2024, as a (non-working) public holiday in the City of Zamboanga. Proclamation No. 483, signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin ("Whereas, on 26 February 2024, Monday, the City of Zamboanga will mark the celebration of its 87th Charter Anniversary; and whereas, it is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Zamboanga be given full opportunity to participate in the occasion and enjoy the celebration; Now, therefore, I, Lucas P. Bersamin, Executive Secretary, by authority of the President, Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., do hereby declare Monday, 26 February 2024, a special (non-working) day in the City of Zamboanga.").    
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • South Africa Declares May 29 Electoral Public Holiday
    Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, in a government notice, has formally declared Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the date of the upcoming National and Provincial Elections, as a one-off public holiday throughout South Africa. Earlier this week, President Ramaphosa, had announced May 29 as the date of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections and that date had been expected to be declared a public holiday, as was done for national elections in 1999 (June 2), 2004 (April 14), 2009 (April 22), 2014 (May 7), and 2019 (May 8), and for local government elections in 2011 (May 18), 2016 (August 3), and 2021 (November 1).    
  • South Africa Declares May 29 Electoral Public Holiday
    Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, in a government notice, has formally declared Wednesday, May 29, 2024, the date of the upcoming National and Provincial Elections, as a one-off public holiday throughout South Africa. Earlier this week, President Ramaphosa, had announced May 29 as the date of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections and that date had been expected to be declared a public holiday, as was done for national elections in 1999 (June 2), 2004 (April 14), 2009 (April 22), 2014 (May 7), and 2019 (May 8), and for local government elections in 2011 (May 18), 2016 (August 3), and 2021 (November 1).    

February 22, 2024

  • Himachal Pradesh (HP)
  • Himachal Pradesh (HP)
  • Himachal Pradesh Declares February 25 Gram Panchayat Public Holiday
    Source: The official webportal of the Himachal Pradesh Government (Shimla). The government of the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh has issued the vide notification No.GAD-A-F/1/2024-GAD-A declaring Sunday, February 25, 2024, as a one-off paid public holiday on the occasion of that day's bye-elections in areas of Panchayat Raj Institutions of Himachal Pradesh. The February 25 public holiday thus partially amends the list of 2024 public holidays in the state of Himachal Pradesh as published last November in the Government Order No. GAD-A(F)10-7/2023. As per today's notification, February 25 will be a paid holiday to daily wages employees and also within the meaning of under Section 25 of Negotiable Instrument Act 1881, and all government offices, Board, Corporations, Educational Institutions, Banks, Post Office and Industries registered under Industrial Dispute Act along with shops registered in the polling areas will also remain closed on that day.
       
  • Himachal Pradesh Declares February 25 Gram Panchayat Public Holiday
    Source: The official webportal of the Himachal Pradesh Government (Shimla). The government of the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh has issued the vide notification No.GAD-A-F/1/2024-GAD-A declaring Sunday, February 25, 2024, as a one-off paid public holiday on the occasion of that day's bye-elections in areas of Panchayat Raj Institutions of Himachal Pradesh. The February 25 public holiday thus partially amends the list of 2024 public holidays in the state of Himachal Pradesh as published last November in the Government Order No. GAD-A(F)10-7/2023. As per today's notification, February 25 will be a paid holiday to daily wages employees and also within the meaning of under Section 25 of Negotiable Instrument Act 1881, and all government offices, Board, Corporations, Educational Institutions, Banks, Post Office and Industries registered under Industrial Dispute Act along with shops registered in the polling areas will also remain closed on that day.
       
  • Uzbekistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Uzbekistan Announces March 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: Uzbek National News Agency (Tashkent). The Government of Uzbekistan has announced the dates of the March 2024 public holidays in Uzbekistan, in line with last December's decree by the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, declaring additional public holidays in Uzbekistan during the calendar year 2024 (Об установлении дополнительных нерабочих дней в период празднования официальных дат и переносе выходных дней в 2024 году).    
  • Uzbekistan Announces March 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: Uzbek National News Agency (Tashkent). The Government of Uzbekistan has announced the dates of the March 2024 public holidays in Uzbekistan, in line with last December's decree by the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, declaring additional public holidays in Uzbekistan during the calendar year 2024 (Об установлении дополнительных нерабочих дней в период празднования официальных дат и переносе выходных дней в 2024 году).    
  • Zambia
  • Zambia
  • Zambia Declares February 24-25 National Mourning Days For Hage Geingob
    Source: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Lusaka). Zambian president, Hakainde Hichilema, has declared two days of national mourning in Zambia to honor the late Namibian president Hage Geingob. Recall that, in 2021, then Namibian president Geingob had declared seven days of national mourning in Namibia on account of the death of Zambia's first president, Kenneth David Kaunda. For its part, early last week, Namibia announced that the burial of the late president Hage Geingob would be on Sunday, February 25, 2024, a date which would be declared as a public holiday throughout Namibia, as will Monday, February 26, 2024, in line with the terms of the Public Holidays Act of 1990 (Act 26 of 1990).    
  • Zambia Declares February 24-25 National Mourning Days For Hage Geingob
    Source: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Lusaka). Zambian president, Hakainde Hichilema, has declared two days of national mourning in Zambia to honor the late Namibian president Hage Geingob. Recall that, in 2021, then Namibian president Geingob had declared seven days of national mourning in Namibia on account of the death of Zambia's first president, Kenneth David Kaunda. For its part, early last week, Namibia announced that the burial of the late president Hage Geingob would be on Sunday, February 25, 2024, a date which would be declared as a public holiday throughout Namibia, as will Monday, February 26, 2024, in line with the terms of the Public Holidays Act of 1990 (Act 26 of 1990).    

February 21, 2024

  • Chile
  • Chile
  • Chile Confirms Additional September 20 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social (Valparaiso). Chile's Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social, has confirmed that Friday, September 20, 2024, would be a one-off bridge public holiday in Chile, as per the Law 20.215, signed into law in September 2007 by then President Bachelet. As per Law 20.215 the Labour code of Chile was amended by the addition of a 3rd sub-paragraph to Article 35, automatically making September 17 a public holiday when it falls on a Monday, and automatically making September 20 a public holiday when it falls on a Friday.    
  • Chile Confirms Additional September 20 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social (Valparaiso). Chile's Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social, has confirmed that Friday, September 20, 2024, would be a one-off bridge public holiday in Chile, as per the Law 20.215, signed into law in September 2007 by then President Bachelet. As per Law 20.215 the Labour code of Chile was amended by the addition of a 3rd sub-paragraph to Article 35, automatically making September 17 a public holiday when it falls on a Monday, and automatically making September 20 a public holiday when it falls on a Friday.    
  • Ecuador
  • Ecuador
  • Ambato Council Calls For March 11 Public Holiday
    Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica (ANDES). The Ambato Municipal Council, by a unanimous decision, has requested that the Government of Ecuador declare Monday, March 11, 2024, as a non-working public holiday, to mark the Fiesta de la Fruta y de las Flores (Fruit and Flower Festival) that was postponed due to Ecuador's state of emergency, declared in early January by Ecuador's President, Daniel Noboa. That decree declared a state of emergency in Ecuador for 60 days, but that later in the month restrictions were lifted in 160 cantons, including Ambato, Guaranda, Latacunga, and Rumiñahui.    
  • Ambato Council Calls For March 11 Public Holiday
    Source: Agencia de Noticias del Ecuador y Sudamérica (ANDES). The Ambato Municipal Council, by a unanimous decision, has requested that the Government of Ecuador declare Monday, March 11, 2024, as a non-working public holiday, to mark the Fiesta de la Fruta y de las Flores (Fruit and Flower Festival) that was postponed due to Ecuador's state of emergency, declared in early January by Ecuador's President, Daniel Noboa. That decree declared a state of emergency in Ecuador for 60 days, but that later in the month restrictions were lifted in 160 cantons, including Ambato, Guaranda, Latacunga, and Rumiñahui.    
  • Nigeria
  • Nigeria
  • Ondo Declares Akeredolu February 22-23 Public Holidays
    Source: Ondo State Government (Akure). The governor of Nigeria's Ondo state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has declared Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, 2024, as state public holidays in honour of the late former governor of Ondo, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. As per the statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan, "the two work-free days will allow the people of the state to participate in the burial activities of the former governor".    
  • Ondo Declares Akeredolu February 22-23 Public Holidays
    Source: Ondo State Government (Akure). The governor of Nigeria's Ondo state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has declared Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, 2024, as state public holidays in honour of the late former governor of Ondo, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. As per the statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan, "the two work-free days will allow the people of the state to participate in the burial activities of the former governor".    
  • Pakistan
  • Pakistan
  • Sindh Declares February 29 Public Holiday For Urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
    Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan (Islamabad). The Caretaker Minister for Law and Auqaf of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, Umer Soomro, has announced that district authorities had declared Thursday, February 29, 2024, a public holiday in the District of Jamshoro in relation with the annual 772nd Urs of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.    
  • Sindh Declares February 29 Public Holiday For Urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
    Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan (Islamabad). The Caretaker Minister for Law and Auqaf of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, Umer Soomro, has announced that district authorities had declared Thursday, February 29, 2024, a public holiday in the District of Jamshoro in relation with the annual 772nd Urs of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.    
  • South Korea
  • South Korea
  • South Korea Considers July 14 Public Holiday For North Korean Refugees
    Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul). Following last month's directive by President Yoon Suk Yeol that a national day be established aimed at assisting North Korean escapees adapt to their new environment, South Korea's Unification Minister, Kim Yung-ho, has announced that the South Korean government wants to designate July 14 as a new annual national holiday in honor of North Korean refugees. The Unification Ministry hopes to complete the necessary administrative work to designate the national holiday in the coming months, get the National Assembly’s approval, and then hold public events for its inaugural celebration this summer. The date of July 14 was chosen to commemorate the day when South Korea’s first law designed to protect and support North Korean escapees came into force in 1997. Other dates that had been suggested include February 5 (the date 2/5 representing the 25 million people living in the North) and February 1st (symbolizing the unification of two distinct entities into a single country).    
  • South Korea Considers July 14 Public Holiday For North Korean Refugees
    Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul). Following last month's directive by President Yoon Suk Yeol that a national day be established aimed at assisting North Korean escapees adapt to their new environment, South Korea's Unification Minister, Kim Yung-ho, has announced that the South Korean government wants to designate July 14 as a new annual national holiday in honor of North Korean refugees. The Unification Ministry hopes to complete the necessary administrative work to designate the national holiday in the coming months, get the National Assembly’s approval, and then hold public events for its inaugural celebration this summer. The date of July 14 was chosen to commemorate the day when South Korea’s first law designed to protect and support North Korean escapees came into force in 1997. Other dates that had been suggested include February 5 (the date 2/5 representing the 25 million people living in the North) and February 1st (symbolizing the unification of two distinct entities into a single country).    

February 20, 2024

  • New South Wales (NSW)
  • New South Wales (NSW)
  • NSW Rejects Newcastle Show Day Public Holiday
    Source: NSW Government (Sydney). The Industrial Relations Minister of Australia's State of New South Wales (NSW) has rejected the Newcastle city council's request to declare Newcastle Show Day as a local public holiday. The Newcastle city council had made the request last November, hoping to create an extra long weekend at the beginning of March 2024.    
  • NSW Rejects Newcastle Show Day Public Holiday
    Source: NSW Government (Sydney). The Industrial Relations Minister of Australia's State of New South Wales (NSW) has rejected the Newcastle city council's request to declare Newcastle Show Day as a local public holiday. The Newcastle city council had made the request last November, hoping to create an extra long weekend at the beginning of March 2024.    
  • Indonesia
  • Indonesia
  • Indonesia To Observe Public Holidays On the Beginning Of Ramadan
    Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta). As per Indonesia's Director of Islamic Religious Affairs, the upcoming start of the month of Ramadan is estimated to fall on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, based on the MABIMS (Minister of Religion of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) criteria that were revised in 2022 to require the Moon to be at an altitude of at least 3 degrees and an elongation angle of 6.4 degrees, at the time of sunset on the 29th day of Shaban, for the following day to be the first day of Ramadan. For its part, the PP Muhammadiyah Decree Number 1 of 2024, sets the first of Ramadan 1445 on Monday,March 11, 2024. In 2024, both days will be public holidays in Indonesia. Though the first day of the month of Ramadan is not usually a public holiday in Indonesia, in 2024, as per the Joint Decree (SKB) of the Minister of Religion, Minister of Manpower, Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform Number 855 of 2023, Number 3 of 2023, Number 4 of 2023 concerning National Holidays and Collective Leave in 2024 of last September, March 11 will be a public holiday for Nyepi (Saka New Year 1946) while the same Joint Decree declared March 12, 2024, as a collective leave day.    
  • Indonesia To Observe Public Holidays On the Beginning Of Ramadan
    Source: Situs Resmi Kementerian Koordinator Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat (Jakarta). As per Indonesia's Director of Islamic Religious Affairs, the upcoming start of the month of Ramadan is estimated to fall on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, based on the MABIMS (Minister of Religion of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) criteria that were revised in 2022 to require the Moon to be at an altitude of at least 3 degrees and an elongation angle of 6.4 degrees, at the time of sunset on the 29th day of Shaban, for the following day to be the first day of Ramadan. For its part, the PP Muhammadiyah Decree Number 1 of 2024, sets the first of Ramadan 1445 on Monday,March 11, 2024. In 2024, both days will be public holidays in Indonesia. Though the first day of the month of Ramadan is not usually a public holiday in Indonesia, in 2024, as per the Joint Decree (SKB) of the Minister of Religion, Minister of Manpower, Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform Number 855 of 2023, Number 3 of 2023, Number 4 of 2023 concerning National Holidays and Collective Leave in 2024 of last September, March 11 will be a public holiday for Nyepi (Saka New Year 1946) while the same Joint Decree declared March 12, 2024, as a collective leave day.    
  • Moldova
  • Moldova
  • Moldova Considers 2 New Annual Holidays
    Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat (Moldpres). Deputies of the ruling Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) submitted a legislative initiative to the Moldovan Parliament to amend point 1 of the Parliamentary Decision no. 433/1990 regarding Commemorative days, holidays and rest days in the Republic of Moldova with the declaration of 2 new annual commemorative holidays, on March 14 (the Day of Commemoration of those who fell in the armed conflict of 1992 for the defense of the integrity and independence of the Republic of Moldova, on the battlefield of Coșnița) and June 19 (the Day of Commemoration of those who fell in the armed conflict of 1992 for the defense of integrity and independence of the Republic of Moldova, on the Varnița-Tighina battlefield).    
  • Moldova Considers 2 New Annual Holidays
    Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat (Moldpres). Deputies of the ruling Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) submitted a legislative initiative to the Moldovan Parliament to amend point 1 of the Parliamentary Decision no. 433/1990 regarding Commemorative days, holidays and rest days in the Republic of Moldova with the declaration of 2 new annual commemorative holidays, on March 14 (the Day of Commemoration of those who fell in the armed conflict of 1992 for the defense of the integrity and independence of the Republic of Moldova, on the battlefield of Coșnița) and June 19 (the Day of Commemoration of those who fell in the armed conflict of 1992 for the defense of integrity and independence of the Republic of Moldova, on the Varnița-Tighina battlefield).    
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • South African 2024 National and Provincial Elections On May 29
    Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the upcoming 2024 National and Provincial Election will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, a date which is expected to be declared as a one-off public holiday in South Africa. The date of previous national elections were declared as public holidays in 1999 (June 2), 2004 (April 14), 2009 (April 22), 2014 (May 7), and 2019 (May 8), as were the dates of local government elections in 2011 (May 18), 2016 (August 3), and 2021 (November 1).    
  • South African 2024 National and Provincial Elections On May 29
    Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the upcoming 2024 National and Provincial Election will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, a date which is expected to be declared as a one-off public holiday in South Africa. The date of previous national elections were declared as public holidays in 1999 (June 2), 2004 (April 14), 2009 (April 22), 2014 (May 7), and 2019 (May 8), as were the dates of local government elections in 2011 (May 18), 2016 (August 3), and 2021 (November 1).    

February 19, 2024

  • Nagaland (NL)
  • Nagaland (NL)
  • Nagaland Declares February 24 Special Working Day In Kohima
    Source: Government of Nagaland (Dimapur). The Governor of India's state of Nagaland has announced that the upcoming 4th Saturday public holiday on February 24, 2024, would be a working day for State Government offices located in Kohima in preparation for the upcoming 4th Session of the Fourteenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly, scheduled to begin on February 26, 2024. Normally, Nagaland government offices are closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.    
  • Nagaland Declares February 24 Special Working Day In Kohima
    Source: Government of Nagaland (Dimapur). The Governor of India's state of Nagaland has announced that the upcoming 4th Saturday public holiday on February 24, 2024, would be a working day for State Government offices located in Kohima in preparation for the upcoming 4th Session of the Fourteenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly, scheduled to begin on February 26, 2024. Normally, Nagaland government offices are closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.    
  • Ghana
  • Ghana
  • Ghana EC Confirms General Election Date Change But Likely Not In 2024
    Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra). Ghana's Electoral Commission Deputy Chairman in charge of Corporate Services, Eric Asare Bossman, has announced that the plans to move the General Elections from December 7 to November, as announced last month, would go ahead, but probably not in time for the 2024 General Elections. Additionally, the Deputy Chairman pointed out that the new date would be in November but likely not on the set date of November 7, as had been widely reported ("This must be clear, we were not talking about November 7. At the IPAC meeting, the decision was a day in November. So it can be the first Monday, a second Monday, a third Monday or Tuesday or Friday or Thursday"). Recall that the first Friday of December is usually the date of Farmers' Day and its related public holiday, except on election years, when Farmers' Day is observed on the first Friday of November, while its related public holiday remains on the first Friday of December.    
  • Ghana EC Confirms General Election Date Change But Likely Not In 2024
    Source: Ghana News Agency (Accra). Ghana's Electoral Commission Deputy Chairman in charge of Corporate Services, Eric Asare Bossman, has announced that the plans to move the General Elections from December 7 to November, as announced last month, would go ahead, but probably not in time for the 2024 General Elections. Additionally, the Deputy Chairman pointed out that the new date would be in November but likely not on the set date of November 7, as had been widely reported ("This must be clear, we were not talking about November 7. At the IPAC meeting, the decision was a day in November. So it can be the first Monday, a second Monday, a third Monday or Tuesday or Friday or Thursday"). Recall that the first Friday of December is usually the date of Farmers' Day and its related public holiday, except on election years, when Farmers' Day is observed on the first Friday of November, while its related public holiday remains on the first Friday of December.    
  • Tasmania (TAS)
  • Tasmania (TAS)
  • Tasmania Releases 2026 Public Holidays
    Source: Tasmanian Government Media Releases (Hobart). The Workplace Standards Tasmania of Australia's State of Tasmania, has released its annual list of official 2026 non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Tasmania for the calendar year 2026, in line with the 2011 Clarification on Tasmanian Public Holidays press release, which re-stated the terms of the Statutory Holidays Act 2000, as amended by the Statutory Holidays Amendment Bill 2010. The aforementioned list of public holidays in the Australian State of Tasmania also contains a listing of all the regional public holidays within Tasmania, namely: Devonport Cup, Royal Hobart Regatta, Launceston Cup, King Island Show, AGFEST, Burnie Show, Royal Launceston Show, Flinders Island Show, Royal Hobart Show, Recreation Day, and Devonport Show Day. Finally, the following footnotes clarify the observance of day in lieu public holidays in Tasmania; "if 25 December is a on a Saturday, then both the Saturday and the Monday following are holidays", "if 25 December falls on a Sunday, then both the Sunday and the Tuesday following are holidays", "if Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, then Monday is the public holiday", "if Boxing Day falls on a Sunday, then Tuesday is the public holiday", and "When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed".    
  • Tasmania Releases 2026 Public Holidays
    Source: Tasmanian Government Media Releases (Hobart). The Workplace Standards Tasmania of Australia's State of Tasmania, has released its annual list of official 2026 non-working public holidays and bank holidays in Tasmania for the calendar year 2026, in line with the 2011 Clarification on Tasmanian Public Holidays press release, which re-stated the terms of the Statutory Holidays Act 2000, as amended by the Statutory Holidays Amendment Bill 2010. The aforementioned list of public holidays in the Australian State of Tasmania also contains a listing of all the regional public holidays within Tasmania, namely: Devonport Cup, Royal Hobart Regatta, Launceston Cup, King Island Show, AGFEST, Burnie Show, Royal Launceston Show, Flinders Island Show, Royal Hobart Show, Recreation Day, and Devonport Show Day. Finally, the following footnotes clarify the observance of day in lieu public holidays in Tasmania; "if 25 December is a on a Saturday, then both the Saturday and the Monday following are holidays", "if 25 December falls on a Sunday, then both the Sunday and the Tuesday following are holidays", "if Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, then Monday is the public holiday", "if Boxing Day falls on a Sunday, then Tuesday is the public holiday", and "When Anzac Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, no substitute or additional holiday is observed".    

February 18, 2024

  • Oman
  • Oman
  • Oman Declares New Teacher's Day Annual Holiday
    Source: Oman News Agency (Muscat). Oman's Ministry of Education has announced that all educational institutions as well as public and private schools in the Sultanate of Oman will enjoy an official holiday on Sunday, February 25, 2024, on account of a new holiday for Teachers' Day to be observed annually on February 24, and as per the Ministry's statement, "if this day coincides with a holiday, it will be observed on another day", which is the case in 2024. Recall that, after years of debate, weekends in Oman were changed to Friday/Saturday, effective May 1st, 2013, as per a royal decree by then Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said.    
  • Oman Declares New Teacher's Day Annual Holiday
    Source: Oman News Agency (Muscat). Oman's Ministry of Education has announced that all educational institutions as well as public and private schools in the Sultanate of Oman will enjoy an official holiday on Sunday, February 25, 2024, on account of a new holiday for Teachers' Day to be observed annually on February 24, and as per the Ministry's statement, "if this day coincides with a holiday, it will be observed on another day", which is the case in 2024. Recall that, after years of debate, weekends in Oman were changed to Friday/Saturday, effective May 1st, 2013, as per a royal decree by then Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said.    

February 17, 2024

  • Mizoram (MZ)
  • Mizoram (MZ)
  • Mizoram Statehood Day Public Holiday February 20
    Source: Mizoram General Administration Department (Aizawl). India's State of Mizoram will be observing a state public holiday on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, to commemorate the date when Mizoram was recognized as a full-fledged state on February 20, 1987, and in line with the vide notification No.F.23012/1/2020-GAD/84 of last autumn containing the list of 2024 public holidays in the state of Mizoram.    
  • Mizoram Statehood Day Public Holiday February 20
    Source: Mizoram General Administration Department (Aizawl). India's State of Mizoram will be observing a state public holiday on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, to commemorate the date when Mizoram was recognized as a full-fledged state on February 20, 1987, and in line with the vide notification No.F.23012/1/2020-GAD/84 of last autumn containing the list of 2024 public holidays in the state of Mizoram.    

February 16, 2024

  • Melaka (MLK)
  • Melaka (MLK)
  • Melaka Calls For Federal Public Holiday On February 20
    Source: Bernama News Agency (Malacca). The Chief Minister of the Melaka state government, Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, has called on the federal government of Malaysia to declare February 20 as an annual public holiday to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya, first declared at Padang Bandar Hilir on February 20, 1956 ("At the state government level, we have already declared Feb 20 as an annual public holiday in Melaka, replacing the Historical City Declaration Day holiday celebrated on April 15 every year. Therefore, we hope that the federal government can recognise Feb 20 as a historic date for the nation and consider it a federal public holiday"). As stated in the preceding quotation, in 2024, the Malaysian state of Melaka will be observing February 20 as a state public holiday for the first time.    
  • Melaka Calls For Federal Public Holiday On February 20
    Source: Bernama News Agency (Malacca). The Chief Minister of the Melaka state government, Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, has called on the federal government of Malaysia to declare February 20 as an annual public holiday to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya, first declared at Padang Bandar Hilir on February 20, 1956 ("At the state government level, we have already declared Feb 20 as an annual public holiday in Melaka, replacing the Historical City Declaration Day holiday celebrated on April 15 every year. Therefore, we hope that the federal government can recognise Feb 20 as a historic date for the nation and consider it a federal public holiday"). As stated in the preceding quotation, in 2024, the Malaysian state of Melaka will be observing February 20 as a state public holiday for the first time.    
  • Chile
  • Chile
  • Chile Rules-Out 2024 Census Public Holiday
    Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE). Chile's National Institute of Statistics (INE) has confirmed that there would be no public holiday associated with the upcoming 2024 National Census, as the Census period will last 3 months and therefore "it is enough for a single person to answer the 50 questions for the rest of the members of the household". In early 2002, law 19.790, Declara Feriado Legal y Regula los Dias de Realizacion de Censos Oficiales, was passed making any future census day an official public holiday in Chile, leading to the subsequent declaration of Wednesday, April 24, 2002, as a one-off public holiday, on account of that day's XVII Censo Nacional de Población y VI de Vivienda, and the declaration of the date of the 2017 National Census, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, as a one-off compulsory public holiday in Chile (feriado irrenunciable). However, in 2012, to avoid having to declare a one-off public holiday, the Piñera administration announced that the 2012 census would not occur on a specific day, but rather over many days and the President of the Chilean National Census Commission, Pablo Longueira, thus decreed that no one-off non-working public holiday would need to be declared in Chile on the occasion of the 2012 census ("el próximo año no se realizará en un día decretado como feriado").    
  • Chile Rules-Out 2024 Census Public Holiday
    Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE). Chile's National Institute of Statistics (INE) has confirmed that there would be no public holiday associated with the upcoming 2024 National Census, as the Census period will last 3 months and therefore "it is enough for a single person to answer the 50 questions for the rest of the members of the household". In early 2002, law 19.790, Declara Feriado Legal y Regula los Dias de Realizacion de Censos Oficiales, was passed making any future census day an official public holiday in Chile, leading to the subsequent declaration of Wednesday, April 24, 2002, as a one-off public holiday, on account of that day's XVII Censo Nacional de Población y VI de Vivienda, and the declaration of the date of the 2017 National Census, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, as a one-off compulsory public holiday in Chile (feriado irrenunciable). However, in 2012, to avoid having to declare a one-off public holiday, the Piñera administration announced that the 2012 census would not occur on a specific day, but rather over many days and the President of the Chilean National Census Commission, Pablo Longueira, thus decreed that no one-off non-working public holiday would need to be declared in Chile on the occasion of the 2012 census ("el próximo año no se realizará en un día decretado como feriado").    
  • Peru
  • Peru
  • Peruvian Bill To Add June 21 Andean New Year Public Holiday
    Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima). The Peruvian Congress is considering Bill PL 7060/2023-CR which would amend Article 6 of the Legislative Decree No. 713 and make June 20 an annual national public holiday to mark the Andean New Year and "to honor, preserve and highlight our cultural roots inherited by the Inca civilization". Note that there is already a regional public holiday in the Peruvian Andes for the Fiesta del Inti Raymi, on June 24.    
  • Peruvian Bill To Add June 21 Andean New Year Public Holiday
    Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima). The Peruvian Congress is considering Bill PL 7060/2023-CR which would amend Article 6 of the Legislative Decree No. 713 and make June 20 an annual national public holiday to mark the Andean New Year and "to honor, preserve and highlight our cultural roots inherited by the Inca civilization". Note that there is already a regional public holiday in the Peruvian Andes for the Fiesta del Inti Raymi, on June 24.    
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sierra Leone Extends 2024 Armed Forces Day Public Holiday
    Source: State House Press Secretariat (Freetown). The government of Sierra Leone has declared Monday, February 19, 2024, as an additional public holiday on account of the upcoming Armed Forces Day public holiday falling on a Sunday ("The general public is hereby informed that Armed Forces Day will be observed on Sunday, 18th February 2024. Accordingly, Monday 19th February 2024 will be a public holiday nationwide."). On February 18, 2002, the then president of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, had declared the end of the 11-year civil war and that henceforth, February 18 would be a national public holiday. However, February 18 was not observed as a public holiday until 2010, when the State House Press Secretariat specified that Armed Forces Day would continue to be commemorated annually in remembrance of those fallen in the two World Wars, the Liberian Civil War, and the Civil Conflict in Sierra Leone from 1991-2002, but that the non-working public holiday of Thursday, February 18, 2010, would be a one-off event. Armed Forces Day was declared as a one-off non-working public holiday again in 2013, before becoming observed annually.    
  • Sierra Leone Extends 2024 Armed Forces Day Public Holiday
    Source: State House Press Secretariat (Freetown). The government of Sierra Leone has declared Monday, February 19, 2024, as an additional public holiday on account of the upcoming Armed Forces Day public holiday falling on a Sunday ("The general public is hereby informed that Armed Forces Day will be observed on Sunday, 18th February 2024. Accordingly, Monday 19th February 2024 will be a public holiday nationwide."). On February 18, 2002, the then president of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, had declared the end of the 11-year civil war and that henceforth, February 18 would be a national public holiday. However, February 18 was not observed as a public holiday until 2010, when the State House Press Secretariat specified that Armed Forces Day would continue to be commemorated annually in remembrance of those fallen in the two World Wars, the Liberian Civil War, and the Civil Conflict in Sierra Leone from 1991-2002, but that the non-working public holiday of Thursday, February 18, 2010, would be a one-off event. Armed Forces Day was declared as a one-off non-working public holiday again in 2013, before becoming observed annually.    

February 15, 2024

  • Belarus
  • Belarus
  • Belarus Confirms March and May 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk). The Ministry of Labor of the government of Belarus has confirmed the list of annual and one-off bridge public holidays in March and May 2024, leading to a period of public holidays from March 8-10, and from May 11-14, 2024, inclusively. The aforementioned announcement is in line with last autumn's Resolution 814, On the transfer of working days in 2024 (О переносе рабочих дней в 2024 году) which expanded the list of 2024 public holidays in Belarus.    
  • Belarus Confirms March and May 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk). The Ministry of Labor of the government of Belarus has confirmed the list of annual and one-off bridge public holidays in March and May 2024, leading to a period of public holidays from March 8-10, and from May 11-14, 2024, inclusively. The aforementioned announcement is in line with last autumn's Resolution 814, On the transfer of working days in 2024 (О переносе рабочих дней в 2024 году) which expanded the list of 2024 public holidays in Belarus.    
  • Gambia
  • Gambia
  • Gambia Declares February 19 Day In Lieu Public Holiday
    Source: The Point Newspaper (Banjul). The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, February 19, 2024, on account of the annual Independence Day Anniversary public holiday. As per the statement released by the Office of The President State House, "To mark the 59th Independence Day Anniversary celebration which falls on Sunday 18th February 2024, the public is notified that Monday, 19th February 2024 is a public holiday throughout the country.".    
  • Gambia Declares February 19 Day In Lieu Public Holiday
    Source: The Point Newspaper (Banjul). The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, February 19, 2024, on account of the annual Independence Day Anniversary public holiday. As per the statement released by the Office of The President State House, "To mark the 59th Independence Day Anniversary celebration which falls on Sunday 18th February 2024, the public is notified that Monday, 19th February 2024 is a public holiday throughout the country.".    
  • Libya
  • Libya
  • Libya Extends February 17 Public Holiday
    Source: Libyan News Agency (LANA). The Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Osama Hammad, has declared both Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, 2024, as public holidays to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the 17 February revolution. Recall that, in 2012, Libya's ruling National Transitional Council similarly declared Saturday, February 18, 2012, as a public holiday throughout Libya to compensate the fact that the new February 17 public holiday fell on a Friday.    
  • Libya Extends February 17 Public Holiday
    Source: Libyan News Agency (LANA). The Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Osama Hammad, has declared both Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, 2024, as public holidays to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the 17 February revolution. Recall that, in 2012, Libya's ruling National Transitional Council similarly declared Saturday, February 18, 2012, as a public holiday throughout Libya to compensate the fact that the new February 17 public holiday fell on a Friday.    
  • Nepal
  • Nepal
  • Gandaki Province Declares February 16 Public Holiday
    Source: The Office of the Chief Minister of Gandaki Province (Kaski). The Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers of Nepal's Gandaki Province has declared a regional public holiday on Friday, February 16, 2024, to mark the Gandaki Province Government Establishment Day. As per the notice published in the provincial gazette by the Spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Minister, Praveen Dhakal, all government offices, educational institutions and public institutions across the province will remain closed on Friday. Recall that in early March 2023, the Nepalese federal government cabinet decided that provincial governments could add up to six public holidays a year to the national list of Nepalese public holidays released by the federal government, with the Federal Ministry of Home Affairs deciding the regional public holidays to be observed in the Kathmandu valley.    
  • Gandaki Province Declares February 16 Public Holiday
    Source: The Office of the Chief Minister of Gandaki Province (Kaski). The Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers of Nepal's Gandaki Province has declared a regional public holiday on Friday, February 16, 2024, to mark the Gandaki Province Government Establishment Day. As per the notice published in the provincial gazette by the Spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Minister, Praveen Dhakal, all government offices, educational institutions and public institutions across the province will remain closed on Friday. Recall that in early March 2023, the Nepalese federal government cabinet decided that provincial governments could add up to six public holidays a year to the national list of Nepalese public holidays released by the federal government, with the Federal Ministry of Home Affairs deciding the regional public holidays to be observed in the Kathmandu valley.    

February 14, 2024

  • Nepal
  • Nepal
  • Nepalese 2024-2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu). The Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the publication of its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2081, which runs from mid-April 2024 until mid-April 2025. Note that the aforementioned list of B.S. 2081 public holidays in Nepal does not include the contentious People's War Day, Falgun 1, public holiday that was included in last year's list of B.S. 2080 public holidays, and which was recently canceled by the Nepalese government, following last December's ruling by the Nepalese Supreme Court.    
  • Nepalese 2024-2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu). The Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the publication of its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2081, which runs from mid-April 2024 until mid-April 2025. Note that the aforementioned list of B.S. 2081 public holidays in Nepal does not include the contentious People's War Day, Falgun 1, public holiday that was included in last year's list of B.S. 2080 public holidays, and which was recently canceled by the Nepalese government, following last December's ruling by the Nepalese Supreme Court.    

February 13, 2024

  • Assam (AS)
  • Assam (AS)
  • Assam Extends Scope Of February 14 Ali-Aye-Ligang Public Holiday
    Source: Government of Assam (Guwahati). The government of India's state of Assam has issued an official notification extending the scope of tomorrow's Ali Aye Ligang regional public holiday to also include the district of Biswanath. Recall that, in early December of last year, the Assam state government had already declared a public holiday on February 14, 2024, within the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Majuli, and Charaideo, for the Mising community's Ali Aye Ligang, a festival celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of the month of Fagun.    
  • Assam Extends Scope Of February 14 Ali-Aye-Ligang Public Holiday
    Source: Government of Assam (Guwahati). The government of India's state of Assam has issued an official notification extending the scope of tomorrow's Ali Aye Ligang regional public holiday to also include the district of Biswanath. Recall that, in early December of last year, the Assam state government had already declared a public holiday on February 14, 2024, within the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Majuli, and Charaideo, for the Mising community's Ali Aye Ligang, a festival celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of the month of Fagun.    
  • Thailand
  • Thailand
  • Thailand Extends Songkran Public Holidays For 5 Days
    Source: Thai News Agency (Bangkok). Thailand's Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Cabinet Secretariat that Friday, April 12, 2024, be declared a one-off additional public holiday to extend the upcoming Songkran public holidays for 5 days, from Friday, April 12, until Tuesday, April 16, 2024, inclusively. In 2021, the Thai Cabinet had similarly declared Monday, April 12, 2021, as a special public holiday, to extend the 2021 Songkran for 6 consecutive days, but this was not repeated in 2022 and 2023. The 2020 Songkran public holidays were canceled due to the pandemic, but then Friday and Monday, September 4 and 7, 2020, were declared as one-off bridge public holidays in compensation.    
  • Thailand Extends Songkran Public Holidays For 5 Days
    Source: Thai News Agency (Bangkok). Thailand's Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Cabinet Secretariat that Friday, April 12, 2024, be declared a one-off additional public holiday to extend the upcoming Songkran public holidays for 5 days, from Friday, April 12, until Tuesday, April 16, 2024, inclusively. In 2021, the Thai Cabinet had similarly declared Monday, April 12, 2021, as a special public holiday, to extend the 2021 Songkran for 6 consecutive days, but this was not repeated in 2022 and 2023. The 2020 Songkran public holidays were canceled due to the pandemic, but then Friday and Monday, September 4 and 7, 2020, were declared as one-off bridge public holidays in compensation.    
  • USA (United States)
  • USA (United States)
  • US Support For Election Day Public Holiday On The Rise
    Source: The Washington Times (Washington DC). According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 72% of Americans (78% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans) currently support the declaration of election day as a public holiday, as compared to 65% of Americans supporting an election day public holiday in 2018. Note that state government offices are closed on election day in the some states, including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as the territories of the Northern Mariana Islands and of Puerto Rico.    
  • US Support For Election Day Public Holiday On The Rise
    Source: The Washington Times (Washington DC). According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, 72% of Americans (78% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans) currently support the declaration of election day as a public holiday, as compared to 65% of Americans supporting an election day public holiday in 2018. Note that state government offices are closed on election day in the some states, including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as the territories of the Northern Mariana Islands and of Puerto Rico.    

February 12, 2024

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kazakhstan March 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Astana). The Government of Kazakhstan has announced that March 8, 2024, would a public holiday for International Women's Day, and that the Nauryz Meiramy spring renewal holidays would run from March 21-23, 2024, with an additional day in lieu public holiday on Monday, March 25, 2024. Though this was not the case for March 2024, we can expect the declaration of one or more bridge holidays and compensatory working Saturdays, in May 2024, as is customary "in accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 85 of the Labor Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan and for the rational use of working time", as the Homeland Defender Day and Victory Day public holidays fall on a Tuesday and a Thursday, respectively, in 2024.    
  • Kazakhstan March 2024 Public Holidays
    Source: Electronic government of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Astana). The Government of Kazakhstan has announced that March 8, 2024, would a public holiday for International Women's Day, and that the Nauryz Meiramy spring renewal holidays would run from March 21-23, 2024, with an additional day in lieu public holiday on Monday, March 25, 2024. Though this was not the case for March 2024, we can expect the declaration of one or more bridge holidays and compensatory working Saturdays, in May 2024, as is customary "in accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 85 of the Labor Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan and for the rational use of working time", as the Homeland Defender Day and Victory Day public holidays fall on a Tuesday and a Thursday, respectively, in 2024.    
  • Namibia
  • Namibia
  • Namibia Declares February 25-26 Public Holidays For Late President Geingob
    Source: The Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (Windhoek). Namibia's newly-appointed Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus, has announced that the burial of the late president Hage Geingob would be on Sunday, February 25, 2024, a date which has been declared as a public holiday throughout Namibia ("In order to give a dignified burial and to give all Namibian time to mourn their beloved President, Dr Hage G Geingob, President Nangolo Mbumba will declare Sunday the 25th February 2024, a public holiday"). Minister Theofelus has added that as per the Public Holidays Act of 1990 (Act 26 of 1990), the declaration of Sunday, February 25, 2024, as a public holiday means that Monday, February 26, 2024, will also be a public holiday in Namibia.    
  • Namibia Declares February 25-26 Public Holidays For Late President Geingob
    Source: The Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (Windhoek). Namibia's newly-appointed Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus, has announced that the burial of the late president Hage Geingob would be on Sunday, February 25, 2024, a date which has been declared as a public holiday throughout Namibia ("In order to give a dignified burial and to give all Namibian time to mourn their beloved President, Dr Hage G Geingob, President Nangolo Mbumba will declare Sunday the 25th February 2024, a public holiday"). Minister Theofelus has added that as per the Public Holidays Act of 1990 (Act 26 of 1990), the declaration of Sunday, February 25, 2024, as a public holiday means that Monday, February 26, 2024, will also be a public holiday in Namibia.    
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea Confirms Public Holiday For Michael Thomas Somare
    Source: Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby). The Secretary to the Department of Personnel Management of the National Government of Papua New Guinea, Taies Sansan, has confirmed that Monday, February 26, 2024, would be a national public holiday to commemorate the third death anniversary of the first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, adding that "all public servants are required to resume normal duties on Tuesday, Feb, 27 at 7.45am". Following Chief Somare's death in 2021, Monday, March 1st, and Friday, March 12, 2021, had been declared as public holidays to mark the beginning and end of the mourning period. February 26 fell on a weekend on the 2 subsequent years and therefore the anniversary of Chief Somare's death was declared as a public holiday on Monday, February 28, 2022, and Friday, February 24, 2023. Today's announcement is in line with the annual list of appointed non-working public holidays for 2024, as issued last summer by the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea in the National Gazette of Papua New Guinea No. G585.    
  • Papua New Guinea Confirms Public Holiday For Michael Thomas Somare
    Source: Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby). The Secretary to the Department of Personnel Management of the National Government of Papua New Guinea, Taies Sansan, has confirmed that Monday, February 26, 2024, would be a national public holiday to commemorate the third death anniversary of the first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, adding that "all public servants are required to resume normal duties on Tuesday, Feb, 27 at 7.45am". Following Chief Somare's death in 2021, Monday, March 1st, and Friday, March 12, 2021, had been declared as public holidays to mark the beginning and end of the mourning period. February 26 fell on a weekend on the 2 subsequent years and therefore the anniversary of Chief Somare's death was declared as a public holiday on Monday, February 28, 2022, and Friday, February 24, 2023. Today's announcement is in line with the annual list of appointed non-working public holidays for 2024, as issued last summer by the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea in the National Gazette of Papua New Guinea No. G585.    
  • Russia
  • Russia
  • Russian Duma Deputy Calls For February 22 Public Holiday
    Source: ITAR-TASS (Moscow). The Russian Duma deputy, Zhanna Lantratova, has called for the declaration of February 22 as a new public holiday in Russia to commemorate the second anniversary of the day of the launch of the "special military operation" against Ukraine.    
  • Russian Duma Deputy Calls For February 22 Public Holiday
    Source: ITAR-TASS (Moscow). The Russian Duma deputy, Zhanna Lantratova, has called for the declaration of February 22 as a new public holiday in Russia to commemorate the second anniversary of the day of the launch of the "special military operation" against Ukraine.    

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