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May 26, 2024

  • Belarus
  • Belarus
  • Belarus Amends Day of Peace Holiday
    Source: Press Service of the President of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk). The Official Internet Portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus has amended the rule for the observance of the International Day of Peace holiday (Міжнародны дзень міру) as contained in its list of National and Public Holidays and Commemorative Dates based on the Decree No.157 of 26 March 1998. Previously, the Day of Peace was set as "the third Tuesday in September" but this has now been changed to "September 21". The aforementioned Day of Peace holiday remains a regular working day in Belarus.    
  • Belarus Amends Day of Peace Holiday
    Source: Press Service of the President of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk). The Official Internet Portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus has amended the rule for the observance of the International Day of Peace holiday (Міжнародны дзень міру) as contained in its list of National and Public Holidays and Commemorative Dates based on the Decree No.157 of 26 March 1998. Previously, the Day of Peace was set as "the third Tuesday in September" but this has now been changed to "September 21". The aforementioned Day of Peace holiday remains a regular working day in Belarus.    
  • Norfolk Island
  • Norfolk Island
  • Norfolk Island Declares June 10 Bounty Anniversay Day In Lieu Public Holiday
    Source: Norfolk Island Government Gazette (Kingston). The Administrator of the Australian Territory of Norfolk Island has announced that the upcoming June 8 Anniversary (Bounty) Day public holiday would be observed on Monday, June 10, 2024, in accordance with section 9 of the Employment Act 1988, and the 2016 changes to the list of annual public holidays in Norfolk Island, gazetted as the Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (Public Holidays) Ordinance 2016, by the then Administrator of the Australian Territory of Norfolk Island, Gary Hardgrave.    
  • Norfolk Island Declares June 10 Bounty Anniversay Day In Lieu Public Holiday
    Source: Norfolk Island Government Gazette (Kingston). The Administrator of the Australian Territory of Norfolk Island has announced that the upcoming June 8 Anniversary (Bounty) Day public holiday would be observed on Monday, June 10, 2024, in accordance with section 9 of the Employment Act 1988, and the 2016 changes to the list of annual public holidays in Norfolk Island, gazetted as the Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (Public Holidays) Ordinance 2016, by the then Administrator of the Australian Territory of Norfolk Island, Gary Hardgrave.    

May 25, 2024

  • Chile
  • Chile
  • Chile Confirms Public Holiday For Gubernatiorial and Mayoral Primaries
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social (Valparaiso). Chile's Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social, has confirmed that Sunday, June 9, 2024, hitherto marked as tentative, would be a one-off irrenunciable public holiday in Chile, as per Laws 18.700 and 19.973, on the date of the upcoming Elecciones Primarias Alcaldes y Gobernadores (Primary Elections for Mayors and Governors). Recall that Sunday, November 29, 2020, had similarly been declared a one-off irrenunciable public holiday on account of the previous set of Municipal and Regional Gubernatorial Primaries.    
  • Chile Confirms Public Holiday For Gubernatiorial and Mayoral Primaries
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social (Valparaiso). Chile's Ministerio del Trabajo y Previsión Social, has confirmed that Sunday, June 9, 2024, hitherto marked as tentative, would be a one-off irrenunciable public holiday in Chile, as per Laws 18.700 and 19.973, on the date of the upcoming Elecciones Primarias Alcaldes y Gobernadores (Primary Elections for Mayors and Governors). Recall that Sunday, November 29, 2020, had similarly been declared a one-off irrenunciable public holiday on account of the previous set of Municipal and Regional Gubernatorial Primaries.    

May 24, 2024

  • Andalucia (AN)
  • Andalucia (AN)
  • Andalucia 2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía (BOJA). The recently-announced list of annual non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia for the calendar year 2025, the "Decreto 99/2024, de 21 de mayo, de la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía, por el que se determina el calendario de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía para el año 2025." has been gazetted in the Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía (BOJA de 24 de mayo de 2024). As mentioned when we recently posted the news that the 2025 calendario laboral of Andalucia had been announced, many Spanish regions gazette their calendario laboral months after announcing its contents, but Andalucia usually gazettes its calendario laboral soon after announcing the dates of the regional public holidays for the coming year (the very same week, in the present case).    
  • Andalucia 2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía (BOJA). The recently-announced list of annual non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia for the calendar year 2025, the "Decreto 99/2024, de 21 de mayo, de la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía, por el que se determina el calendario de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Andalucía para el año 2025." has been gazetted in the Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía (BOJA de 24 de mayo de 2024). As mentioned when we recently posted the news that the 2025 calendario laboral of Andalucia had been announced, many Spanish regions gazette their calendario laboral months after announcing its contents, but Andalucia usually gazettes its calendario laboral soon after announcing the dates of the regional public holidays for the coming year (the very same week, in the present case).    
  • Bolivia
  • Bolivia
  • Bolivia Declares May 27 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social (La Paz). Bolivia's Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security has announced that Monday, May 27, 2024, would be a half-day non-working public holiday for salaried mothers in the public and private sectors on account of Bolivian Mother's Day. As per the announcement made by the General Director of Labor, Yecid Mollinedo, "This determination is contained in Communiqué 024/2024 and is given in compliance with the provisions of Supreme Decree 4927 of May 1, 2023.", making reference to last year's Decreto Supremo Nº 4927 which formalized as half-day public holidays both Father's Day ("Se establece asueto de media jornada laboral el día 19 de marzo de cada gestión, aplicable en el sector público y privado, conmemorando el Día del Padre boliviano") and Mother's Day ("Se establece asueto de media jornada laboral el día 27 de mayo de cada gestión, aplicable en el sector público y privado, en conmemoración del Día de la Madre boliviana"). Prior to the passage of the Decreto Supremo Nº 4927, such as in 2022, May 27 was often observed as a half-day public holiday, but only for the public sector, and not systematically, as the November 8, 1927, law instituting Mother's Day in Bolivia does not specify it as a non-working day.    
  • Bolivia Declares May 27 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Previsión Social (La Paz). Bolivia's Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security has announced that Monday, May 27, 2024, would be a half-day non-working public holiday for salaried mothers in the public and private sectors on account of Bolivian Mother's Day. As per the announcement made by the General Director of Labor, Yecid Mollinedo, "This determination is contained in Communiqué 024/2024 and is given in compliance with the provisions of Supreme Decree 4927 of May 1, 2023.", making reference to last year's Decreto Supremo Nº 4927 which formalized as half-day public holidays both Father's Day ("Se establece asueto de media jornada laboral el día 19 de marzo de cada gestión, aplicable en el sector público y privado, conmemorando el Día del Padre boliviano") and Mother's Day ("Se establece asueto de media jornada laboral el día 27 de mayo de cada gestión, aplicable en el sector público y privado, en conmemoración del Día de la Madre boliviana"). Prior to the passage of the Decreto Supremo Nº 4927, such as in 2022, May 27 was often observed as a half-day public holiday, but only for the public sector, and not systematically, as the November 8, 1927, law instituting Mother's Day in Bolivia does not specify it as a non-working day.    
  • Guinea
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Conakry Declares May 25 A Paid Public Holiday
    Source: Portail Officiel du Gouvernement de la République de Guinée (Conakry). Guinea Conakry's Ministre du Travail et de la Fonction Publique, Faya François Bourouno, has issued the communique No.00007/ MTFP/ SG/ DGFP/ SP/ 2024 declaring Saturday, May 25, 2024, a public holiday in Guinea Conakry on account of Africa Day. The salient part of the aforementioned communique reads as follows, "Conformément aux dispositions du Décret D/2022/0526/PRG/CNRD/SGG du 02 novembre 2022, modifiant le Décret D/250/PRG/SGG du 1er août 1995 concernant les fêtes légales en République de Guinée, le Ministre du Travail et de la Fonction Publique porte à la connaissance des Travailleuses, Travailleurs et Agents des secteurs mixte et privé, que la journée du samedi 25 mai 2024, Anniversaire de l’Union Africaine, est déclarée fériée, chômée et payée sur toute l’étendue du Territoire National.".    
  • Guinea Conakry Declares May 25 A Paid Public Holiday
    Source: Portail Officiel du Gouvernement de la République de Guinée (Conakry). Guinea Conakry's Ministre du Travail et de la Fonction Publique, Faya François Bourouno, has issued the communique No.00007/ MTFP/ SG/ DGFP/ SP/ 2024 declaring Saturday, May 25, 2024, a public holiday in Guinea Conakry on account of Africa Day. The salient part of the aforementioned communique reads as follows, "Conformément aux dispositions du Décret D/2022/0526/PRG/CNRD/SGG du 02 novembre 2022, modifiant le Décret D/250/PRG/SGG du 1er août 1995 concernant les fêtes légales en République de Guinée, le Ministre du Travail et de la Fonction Publique porte à la connaissance des Travailleuses, Travailleurs et Agents des secteurs mixte et privé, que la journée du samedi 25 mai 2024, Anniversaire de l’Union Africaine, est déclarée fériée, chômée et payée sur toute l’étendue du Territoire National.".    
  • Palau
  • Palau
  • Palau Rules-Out May 27 Public Holiday
    Source: Palau Government (Koror). The government of Palau has confirmed that next Monday, May 27, the date of Memorial Day, would not be observed as a public holiday in Palau. Recall that, in early May 2011, then Palau President Johnson Toribiong had issued the Executive Order No. 294 which added a new annual public holiday in Palau, on the last Monday of May, for Memorial Day. However, on May 27, 2013, Palau's newly-elected President, Tommy Remengesau Jr., announced that he would soon issue an Executive Order canceling the annual Memorial Day public holiday. Due to the timing and method of the announcement (noontime television on the date of that year's Memorial Day public holiday), the cancellation of the annual Memorial Day public holiday in Palau only became effective only in 2014. Eventually, President, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. declared a public holiday to replace the canceled Memorial Day, namely Family Day observed every fourth Friday of November, since 2017.    
  • Palau Rules-Out May 27 Public Holiday
    Source: Palau Government (Koror). The government of Palau has confirmed that next Monday, May 27, the date of Memorial Day, would not be observed as a public holiday in Palau. Recall that, in early May 2011, then Palau President Johnson Toribiong had issued the Executive Order No. 294 which added a new annual public holiday in Palau, on the last Monday of May, for Memorial Day. However, on May 27, 2013, Palau's newly-elected President, Tommy Remengesau Jr., announced that he would soon issue an Executive Order canceling the annual Memorial Day public holiday. Due to the timing and method of the announcement (noontime television on the date of that year's Memorial Day public holiday), the cancellation of the annual Memorial Day public holiday in Palau only became effective only in 2014. Eventually, President, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. declared a public holiday to replace the canceled Memorial Day, namely Family Day observed every fourth Friday of November, since 2017.    
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Turks and Caicos 2024 Public Holidays Amended
    Source: Turks and Caicos Office Of Public Service Management (Providenciales). The Office Of Public Service Management of the Turks and Caicos Islands has released an updated version of its list of 2024 public holidays in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with the date of the 2024 King's Official Birthday specified as Monday, June 17, 2024. Recall that, in the initial announcement of the list of 2024 public holidays in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the date of the 2024 King's Official Birthday public holiday had been left as "Not set yet".    
  • Turks and Caicos 2024 Public Holidays Amended
    Source: Turks and Caicos Office Of Public Service Management (Providenciales). The Office Of Public Service Management of the Turks and Caicos Islands has released an updated version of its list of 2024 public holidays in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with the date of the 2024 King's Official Birthday specified as Monday, June 17, 2024. Recall that, in the initial announcement of the list of 2024 public holidays in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the date of the 2024 King's Official Birthday public holiday had been left as "Not set yet".    

May 23, 2024

  • Gambia
  • Gambia
  • Gambia Declares May 27 ALD Public Holiday
    Source: Office of the President of the Gambia (Banjul). The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared Monday, May 27, 2024, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Africa Liberation Day. The aforementioned announcement states that "The Office of the President wishes to inform the Public that Saturday 25th May 2024 marks Africa Liberation Day." and goes on to clarify that "in view of the fact that 25th May 2024 falls on a Saturday, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of The Gambia, has declared Monday 27th May 2024 as a public holiday throughout the country". Today's declaration of Monday, May 27, 2024, as a public holiday is in line with the July 2021 Media Advisory on Public Holidays.    
  • Gambia Declares May 27 ALD Public Holiday
    Source: Office of the President of the Gambia (Banjul). The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared Monday, May 27, 2024, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Africa Liberation Day. The aforementioned announcement states that "The Office of the President wishes to inform the Public that Saturday 25th May 2024 marks Africa Liberation Day." and goes on to clarify that "in view of the fact that 25th May 2024 falls on a Saturday, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of The Gambia, has declared Monday 27th May 2024 as a public holiday throughout the country". Today's declaration of Monday, May 27, 2024, as a public holiday is in line with the July 2021 Media Advisory on Public Holidays.    
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Germany's Former President Calls For May 23 National Public Holiday
    Source: North German Broadcasting (Hanover). Germany's former federal president, Christian Wulff, has called for the declaration of May 23 as a new annual public holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the date when, in 1949, the Basic Law of the Federal Republic was proclaimed. As per former president Wulff, "This Basic Law is the basis for all of us doing so well and for continuing to do so well. That is why we should celebrate the day.". One of Germany's current annual national public holidays should be canceled to make way for the May 23 public holiday, but former president Wulff did not specify which, if any, he had in mind.    
  • Germany's Former President Calls For May 23 National Public Holiday
    Source: North German Broadcasting (Hanover). Germany's former federal president, Christian Wulff, has called for the declaration of May 23 as a new annual public holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the date when, in 1949, the Basic Law of the Federal Republic was proclaimed. As per former president Wulff, "This Basic Law is the basis for all of us doing so well and for continuing to do so well. That is why we should celebrate the day.". One of Germany's current annual national public holidays should be canceled to make way for the May 23 public holiday, but former president Wulff did not specify which, if any, he had in mind.    

May 22, 2024

  • El Salvador
  • El Salvador
  • El Salvador Votes June 1 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Previsión Social de El Salvador (San Salvador). By a vote of 57-0, El Salvador's Legislative Assembly has approved a bill presented by New Ideas deputy, Caleb Navarro, to declare June 1st a paid public holiday for the private sector on the occasion of the inauguration of the president of the republic. As per article 5 of the aforementioned bill, "We grant paid leave to guarantee mobility and safety during this national celebration". Public sector employees, for their part, are covered by the Law on Holidays and Vacations (Ley de asuetos y vacaciones) which grants them paid days off on Saturdays and Sundays. Recall that, five years ago, El Salvador's Legislative Assembly had rejected a bill introduced by deputies of the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA), to declare June 1st, every 5 years, as a non-working public holiday for the El Salvador Presidential inauguration.    
  • El Salvador Votes June 1 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Previsión Social de El Salvador (San Salvador). By a vote of 57-0, El Salvador's Legislative Assembly has approved a bill presented by New Ideas deputy, Caleb Navarro, to declare June 1st a paid public holiday for the private sector on the occasion of the inauguration of the president of the republic. As per article 5 of the aforementioned bill, "We grant paid leave to guarantee mobility and safety during this national celebration". Public sector employees, for their part, are covered by the Law on Holidays and Vacations (Ley de asuetos y vacaciones) which grants them paid days off on Saturdays and Sundays. Recall that, five years ago, El Salvador's Legislative Assembly had rejected a bill introduced by deputies of the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA), to declare June 1st, every 5 years, as a non-working public holiday for the El Salvador Presidential inauguration.    
  • Iraq
  • Iraq
  • Iraqi Votes Eid al-Ghadir Public Holiday
    Source: Al Sumaria News (Baghdad). The Acting Speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, has announced the approval of the Draft Law On Official Holidays, introduced last month by Member of Parliament Ali Naama Al-Bindawi to declare Eid al-Ghadir an annual official public holiday in Iraq. As per the acting speaker's announcement, "the Presidency of the House of Representatives gave special attention to the draft law on official holidays and was keen to make Dhul-Hijjah 18 a public holiday, due to the symbolism of al-Ghadir Day for the majority of Iraqis, and because the position of the Commander of the Faithful represents a great status among our Muslim people.". Until now, the Shiite Eid al-Ghadir was a public holiday in Iran only, where it will be observed next on June 25. However, we expect Iraq to observe it on June 24, 2024, instead.    
  • Iraqi Votes Eid al-Ghadir Public Holiday
    Source: Al Sumaria News (Baghdad). The Acting Speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, has announced the approval of the Draft Law On Official Holidays, introduced last month by Member of Parliament Ali Naama Al-Bindawi to declare Eid al-Ghadir an annual official public holiday in Iraq. As per the acting speaker's announcement, "the Presidency of the House of Representatives gave special attention to the draft law on official holidays and was keen to make Dhul-Hijjah 18 a public holiday, due to the symbolism of al-Ghadir Day for the majority of Iraqis, and because the position of the Commander of the Faithful represents a great status among our Muslim people.". Until now, the Shiite Eid al-Ghadir was a public holiday in Iran only, where it will be observed next on June 25. However, we expect Iraq to observe it on June 24, 2024, instead.    
  • Jammu and Kashmir (JK)
  • Jammu and Kashmir (JK)
  • Jammu and Kashmir Extends Lok Sabha Public Holidays To Migrant Workers
    Source: Government of Jammu and Kashmir (Srinigar). The Government of Jammu and Kashmir had issued the vide notification G.O No. 1078-JK(GAD)of 2024 which declares public holidays (grant of casual leave) for migrant workers based in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the aforementioned notification, signed by Rohit Sharma, the Additonal Secretary to the Government, "In partial modification of Government Order No. 933-JK(GAD) of 2024, dated 08.04.2024, read with Government Order No. 951-JK(GAD) of 2024, dated 16.04.2024, the spell of Special Casual Leave sanctioned in favour of Kashmiri Migrant Employees and employees of Jammu Division working in Kashmir Valley in connection with Lok Sabha Elections, 2024 for 3-Anantnag-Rajouri Parliamentary Constituency, is hereby revised w.e.f 24.05.2024 to 26.05.2024.". Early in April, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir had issued the vide notification No. 914-JK(GAD) of 2024, declaring 5 public holidays on the dates on which the constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir were to vote in the 2024 General Election to Lok Sabha, under section 135 B of the Representation of the People Act 1951. A sixth public holiday was added at the end of April, thus further amending the terms of last December's Government vide notification No. 1582-JK(GAD) of 2023 which specified the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the calendar year 2024.    
  • Jammu and Kashmir Extends Lok Sabha Public Holidays To Migrant Workers
    Source: Government of Jammu and Kashmir (Srinigar). The Government of Jammu and Kashmir had issued the vide notification G.O No. 1078-JK(GAD)of 2024 which declares public holidays (grant of casual leave) for migrant workers based in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the aforementioned notification, signed by Rohit Sharma, the Additonal Secretary to the Government, "In partial modification of Government Order No. 933-JK(GAD) of 2024, dated 08.04.2024, read with Government Order No. 951-JK(GAD) of 2024, dated 16.04.2024, the spell of Special Casual Leave sanctioned in favour of Kashmiri Migrant Employees and employees of Jammu Division working in Kashmir Valley in connection with Lok Sabha Elections, 2024 for 3-Anantnag-Rajouri Parliamentary Constituency, is hereby revised w.e.f 24.05.2024 to 26.05.2024.". Early in April, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir had issued the vide notification No. 914-JK(GAD) of 2024, declaring 5 public holidays on the dates on which the constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir were to vote in the 2024 General Election to Lok Sabha, under section 135 B of the Representation of the People Act 1951. A sixth public holiday was added at the end of April, thus further amending the terms of last December's Government vide notification No. 1582-JK(GAD) of 2023 which specified the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the calendar year 2024.    
  • Peru
  • Peru
  • Peruvian Corpus Christi Public Holiday On May 30
    Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima). The regional government of La Libertad has declared a non-working public holiday for Thursday, May 30, 2024, starting at 13:00, on account of the upcoming Solemnity of Corpus Christi. As per the Regional Decree No. 000001-2024-GRLL-GOB, the aforementioned public holiday applies to workers who provide services in public entities in the city of Trujillo and the La Libertad region. Entities and workplaces in the private sector may also benefit from this rule, subject to prior agreement between employers and employees.    
  • Peruvian Corpus Christi Public Holiday On May 30
    Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima). The regional government of La Libertad has declared a non-working public holiday for Thursday, May 30, 2024, starting at 13:00, on account of the upcoming Solemnity of Corpus Christi. As per the Regional Decree No. 000001-2024-GRLL-GOB, the aforementioned public holiday applies to workers who provide services in public entities in the city of Trujillo and the La Libertad region. Entities and workplaces in the private sector may also benefit from this rule, subject to prior agreement between employers and employees.    

May 21, 2024

  • Andalucia (AN)
  • Andalucia (AN)
  • Andalucia 2024 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía (BOJA). The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Andalucía has announced the list of annual non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia for the calendar year 2025 ("calendario de fiestas laborales en Andalucía correspondiente al año 2025"). The aforementioned decree will see regional public holidays on the February 28 Community Day (Día de Andalucía) as well as on the Monday, October 13, 2025, as the National Holiday of Spain occurs on a Sunday in 2025. In addition to the national and regional public holidays announced today, each municipality must propose two local public holidays to the Department of Employment, Business and Self-Employment within a period of two months from the date of publication of the Decree that establishes the 2025 labor calendar in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía. Although many Spanish regions gazette their calendario laboral months after announcing its contents, in the past Andalucia has usually gazetted its calendario laboral a few weeks only after announcing the dates of the regional public holidays for the coming year.    
  • Andalucia 2024 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía (BOJA). The Consejo de Gobierno de la Junta de Andalucía has announced the list of annual non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Andalucia for the calendar year 2025 ("calendario de fiestas laborales en Andalucía correspondiente al año 2025"). The aforementioned decree will see regional public holidays on the February 28 Community Day (Día de Andalucía) as well as on the Monday, October 13, 2025, as the National Holiday of Spain occurs on a Sunday in 2025. In addition to the national and regional public holidays announced today, each municipality must propose two local public holidays to the Department of Employment, Business and Self-Employment within a period of two months from the date of publication of the Decree that establishes the 2025 labor calendar in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía. Although many Spanish regions gazette their calendario laboral months after announcing its contents, in the past Andalucia has usually gazetted its calendario laboral a few weeks only after announcing the dates of the regional public holidays for the coming year.    
  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Electoral Public Holiday May 29
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). The Public Administration Ministry of the Government of Bangladesh, in response to a letter from the Election Commission, has declared Wednesday, May 29, 2024, as a general public holiday on account of the polls in the third phase of the sixth upazila parishad election, to allow the voters to cast their votes without any hassle.    
  • Bangladesh Electoral Public Holiday May 29
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). The Public Administration Ministry of the Government of Bangladesh, in response to a letter from the Election Commission, has declared Wednesday, May 29, 2024, as a general public holiday on account of the polls in the third phase of the sixth upazila parishad election, to allow the voters to cast their votes without any hassle.    
  • Brazil
  • Brazil
  • Brazil Officializes Black Consciousness Day Public Holiday
    Source: O Globo (São Paulo). Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has gazetted Law 14.759/23, declaring November 20 as a new annual public holiday in the Official Gazette of the Union (Diário Oficial da União). Before 2024, the Dia da Consciência Negra was only observed as a public holiday in some state, such as Rio de Janeiro, and many municipalities. The Lower House Bill 3268/21 declaring Black Consciousness Day a new annual national public in Brazil on November 20 was approved by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, last November, and by the Senate, earlier that same year. It was signed into Law 14.759/23 in late December by President Lula da Silva,    
  • Brazil Officializes Black Consciousness Day Public Holiday
    Source: O Globo (São Paulo). Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has gazetted Law 14.759/23, declaring November 20 as a new annual public holiday in the Official Gazette of the Union (Diário Oficial da União). Before 2024, the Dia da Consciência Negra was only observed as a public holiday in some state, such as Rio de Janeiro, and many municipalities. The Lower House Bill 3268/21 declaring Black Consciousness Day a new annual national public in Brazil on November 20 was approved by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, last November, and by the Senate, earlier that same year. It was signed into Law 14.759/23 in late December by President Lula da Silva,    
  • Canary Islands (CN)
  • Canary Islands (CN)
  • Canaries 2025 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Diario de Avisos (Santa Cruz De Tenerife). The regional government of Spain's autonomous region of las Islas Canarias, has announced the list of 2025 regional public holidays in the Canaries Islands, including the May 30th Día de Canarias. The aforementioned announcement includes island-specific public holidays in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Graciosa, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, and La Gomera.    
  • Canaries 2025 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Diario de Avisos (Santa Cruz De Tenerife). The regional government of Spain's autonomous region of las Islas Canarias, has announced the list of 2025 regional public holidays in the Canaries Islands, including the May 30th Día de Canarias. The aforementioned announcement includes island-specific public holidays in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Graciosa, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, and La Gomera.    
  • Iran
  • Iran
  • Iran Day of Mourning Public Holiday For President Raisi
    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (Tehran). The Iranian government has declared tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, as a one-off public holiday "following the martyrdom of the servant of Imam Reza (AS), the servant of the people of Iran, beloved and popular President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and his precious companions in the air crash on Sunday". As per the head of the organizing committee, the funeral will be held in Tehran on Wednesday morning.    
  • Iran Day of Mourning Public Holiday For President Raisi
    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (Tehran). The Iranian government has declared tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, 2024, as a one-off public holiday "following the martyrdom of the servant of Imam Reza (AS), the servant of the people of Iran, beloved and popular President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and his precious companions in the air crash on Sunday". As per the head of the organizing committee, the funeral will be held in Tehran on Wednesday morning.    
  • Nepal
  • Nepal
  • Lalitpur Coconut Throwing Public Holiday May 22
    Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu). The Municipal Executive Committee of Nepal's Lalitpur Metropolitan City has declared a public holiday on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in observance of the auspicious coconut-throwing ceremony during the Rato Machhindranath chariot procession. As per the aforementioned decision, "a local holiday has been declared for Lalitpur Metropolitan City and its subordinate offices". 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.    
  • Lalitpur Coconut Throwing Public Holiday May 22
    Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu). The Municipal Executive Committee of Nepal's Lalitpur Metropolitan City has declared a public holiday on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in observance of the auspicious coconut-throwing ceremony during the Rato Machhindranath chariot procession. As per the aforementioned decision, "a local holiday has been declared for Lalitpur Metropolitan City and its subordinate offices". 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.    
  • Norway
  • Norway
  • Norway 2025 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Norges Bank (Oslo). Norway's Central Bank (Norges Bank) has updated its multi-year list of bank holidays in Norway with the announcement of Norwegian bank holidays, as well as public holidays in Norway, for the calendar year 2025. As usual, the aforementioned list also includes the list of settlement days in 2025 and days when Norges Bank's settlement system (NBO) will be closed in 2025, although the NBO list of 2025 bank holidays in Norway does not include the always-Sunday public holidays of Easter Sunday and Whitsunday, which are official public holidays in Norway.    
  • Norway 2025 Bank Holidays and Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Norges Bank (Oslo). Norway's Central Bank (Norges Bank) has updated its multi-year list of bank holidays in Norway with the announcement of Norwegian bank holidays, as well as public holidays in Norway, for the calendar year 2025. As usual, the aforementioned list also includes the list of settlement days in 2025 and days when Norges Bank's settlement system (NBO) will be closed in 2025, although the NBO list of 2025 bank holidays in Norway does not include the always-Sunday public holidays of Easter Sunday and Whitsunday, which are official public holidays in Norway.    

May 20, 2024

  • Castilla y Leon (CL)
  • Castilla y Leon (CL)
  • Castilla y León 2025 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Castilla y León (Valladolid). The Regional Labor Council of Spain's autonomous region of Castilla y León has approved the calendar containing the list of official regional non-working public holidays in the Castilla y León (calendario de fiestas laborales en el ámbito de la Comunidad de Castilla y León) for the calendar year 2025. For 2025, the 2 regional public holidays will be April 23 (Fiesta de la Comunidad Autónoma) and October 13 (Fiesta Nacional de España). The aforementioned list, which still needs to be approved by the Government Council, comes much earlier than usual.    
  • Castilla y León 2025 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Castilla y León (Valladolid). The Regional Labor Council of Spain's autonomous region of Castilla y León has approved the calendar containing the list of official regional non-working public holidays in the Castilla y León (calendario de fiestas laborales en el ámbito de la Comunidad de Castilla y León) for the calendar year 2025. For 2025, the 2 regional public holidays will be April 23 (Fiesta de la Comunidad Autónoma) and October 13 (Fiesta Nacional de España). The aforementioned list, which still needs to be approved by the Government Council, comes much earlier than usual.    
  • Extremadura (EX)
  • Extremadura (EX)
  • Extremadura 2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Diario Oficial de Extremadura (DOE). Spain's Autonomous Region of Extremadura has gazetted its annual list of regional public holidays (Calendario Laboral) for the calendar year 2025 in the Decreto 41/2024, de 14 de mayo, de la Comunidad Autónoma de Extremadura, por el que se fija el calendario de días festivos de la Comunidad Autónoma de Extremadura para el año 2025 (Diario Oficial de Extremadura de 20 de mayo de 2024). As mentioned when the list was initially announced, contrary to what was the case in 2023 and 2024, Shrove Tuesday will not be a public holiday in Extremadura in 2025, while the day off of October 12 will be moved to Monday, October 13, 2025 ("En uso de la facultad que establece el artículo 37.2 del Estatuto de los Trabajadores de traslado al lunes de las fiestas de ámbito nacional que coincidan en domingo, el descanso laboral correspondiente al día 12 de octubre de 2025, Fiesta Nacional de España, se disfrutará el lunes, día 13 de octubre de 2025, por coincidir dicha fiesta en domingo."). Recall that, in 2023, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, January 2, 2023, the PSOE Junta of Extremadura chose to declare Shrove/Carnival Tuesday a public holiday on February 21. And, in 2024, Shrove/Carnival Tuesday was once again declared a public holiday on February 13, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, September 9, 2024.    
  • Extremadura 2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Diario Oficial de Extremadura (DOE). Spain's Autonomous Region of Extremadura has gazetted its annual list of regional public holidays (Calendario Laboral) for the calendar year 2025 in the Decreto 41/2024, de 14 de mayo, de la Comunidad Autónoma de Extremadura, por el que se fija el calendario de días festivos de la Comunidad Autónoma de Extremadura para el año 2025 (Diario Oficial de Extremadura de 20 de mayo de 2024). As mentioned when the list was initially announced, contrary to what was the case in 2023 and 2024, Shrove Tuesday will not be a public holiday in Extremadura in 2025, while the day off of October 12 will be moved to Monday, October 13, 2025 ("En uso de la facultad que establece el artículo 37.2 del Estatuto de los Trabajadores de traslado al lunes de las fiestas de ámbito nacional que coincidan en domingo, el descanso laboral correspondiente al día 12 de octubre de 2025, Fiesta Nacional de España, se disfrutará el lunes, día 13 de octubre de 2025, por coincidir dicha fiesta en domingo."). Recall that, in 2023, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, January 2, 2023, the PSOE Junta of Extremadura chose to declare Shrove/Carnival Tuesday a public holiday on February 21. And, in 2024, Shrove/Carnival Tuesday was once again declared a public holiday on February 13, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, September 9, 2024.    
  • Macedonia
  • Macedonia
  • Macedonian Public Holiday May 24
    Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia (Skopje). Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced that Friday, May 24, 2024, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming "Saints Cyril and Methodius' Day" annual public holiday in Macedonia. The above is in line with the Macedonian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy's official list of 2024 public holidays in Macedonia, as published last October and, more generally with the Law on Holidays of the Republic of Macedonia (Official Gazette, and Br.21/98 7.18) as last amended in 2007 (<<581>>).    
  • Macedonian Public Holiday May 24
    Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia (Skopje). Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced that Friday, May 24, 2024, would be a non-working public holiday throughout Macedonia "for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia" on account of the upcoming "Saints Cyril and Methodius' Day" annual public holiday in Macedonia. The above is in line with the Macedonian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy's official list of 2024 public holidays in Macedonia, as published last October and, more generally with the Law on Holidays of the Republic of Macedonia (Official Gazette, and Br.21/98 7.18) as last amended in 2007 (<<581>>).    
  • Sarawak (SRW)
  • Sarawak (SRW)
  • Sarawak Clarifies June 4 Public Holiday Status
    Source: Bernama News Agency (Kuching). The state director of the Labour Department of Malaysia's State of Sarawak, Awang Raduan Awang Omar, has clarified that the Sarawak Labour Ordinance does not provide for compulsory substitution for any public holiday that falls on another public holiday, as will be the case on June 3, 2024, which will be both the date of the Agong’s Birthday and the date of the day in lieu for the June 2 Gawai Dayak which falls on a Sunday in 2024. As per the aforementioned statement, "In order to comply with the provisions of Section 104 (1) and subject to the provisions in the contract of service, the employers may grant another day as a paid holiday in substitution of that public holiday". Note, however, that the Sarawak Government calendar lists June 4th, 2024, as a public holiday, although September 17 is not listed, despite both the public holidays for Malaysia Day and Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, coinciding on September 16.    
  • Sarawak Clarifies June 4 Public Holiday Status
    Source: Bernama News Agency (Kuching). The state director of the Labour Department of Malaysia's State of Sarawak, Awang Raduan Awang Omar, has clarified that the Sarawak Labour Ordinance does not provide for compulsory substitution for any public holiday that falls on another public holiday, as will be the case on June 3, 2024, which will be both the date of the Agong’s Birthday and the date of the day in lieu for the June 2 Gawai Dayak which falls on a Sunday in 2024. As per the aforementioned statement, "In order to comply with the provisions of Section 104 (1) and subject to the provisions in the contract of service, the employers may grant another day as a paid holiday in substitution of that public holiday". Note, however, that the Sarawak Government calendar lists June 4th, 2024, as a public holiday, although September 17 is not listed, despite both the public holidays for Malaysia Day and Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, coinciding on September 16.    

May 19, 2024

  • Philippines
  • Philippines
  • Malabon Public Holiday May 21
    Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila). The Office of the President of the Philippines has declared Tuesday, May 21, 2024, a special non-working public holiday in Malabon City in honor of its 425th founding anniversary. The aforementioned order was signed by Executive Secretary, Lucas Bersamin. It would seem that the 30-day delay between the request to declare a regional public holiday and the date of said holiday, mandated by Philippines Presidential Executive Secretary, Lucas Bersamin, in last February's Memorandum Order (MO) 20 in reaction to a spate of regional and municipal public holidays declared at the last minute, will never be adhered to.    
  • Malabon Public Holiday May 21
    Source: Philippine Information Agency (Manila). The Office of the President of the Philippines has declared Tuesday, May 21, 2024, a special non-working public holiday in Malabon City in honor of its 425th founding anniversary. The aforementioned order was signed by Executive Secretary, Lucas Bersamin. It would seem that the 30-day delay between the request to declare a regional public holiday and the date of said holiday, mandated by Philippines Presidential Executive Secretary, Lucas Bersamin, in last February's Memorandum Order (MO) 20 in reaction to a spate of regional and municipal public holidays declared at the last minute, will never be adhered to.    
  • Yemen
  • Yemen
  • Yemen Declares May 22 Public Holiday
    Source: Yemen News Agency (SABA). Yemen's Ministry of Civil Service and Insurance has announced that Wednesday, May 22, 2024, would be an official public holiday for "all employees of the units of the administrative apparatus of the state and the public and mixed sectors", on account of the upcoming 34th National Day of the Republic of Yemen.    
  • Yemen Declares May 22 Public Holiday
    Source: Yemen News Agency (SABA). Yemen's Ministry of Civil Service and Insurance has announced that Wednesday, May 22, 2024, would be an official public holiday for "all employees of the units of the administrative apparatus of the state and the public and mixed sectors", on account of the upcoming 34th National Day of the Republic of Yemen.    

May 16, 2024

  • British Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands Public Holiday May 20
    Source: British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office (BVI). The Assistant Information Officer of the Deputy Governor's Office of the British Virgin Islands, Eusa Z. Adam, has issued the bulletin Public Reminded Of Upcoming Holiday which is to remind the public of the upcoming Pentecost Monday public holiday ("The public is reminded that the upcoming Pubic Holiday, Whit Monday, will be observed on Monday, 20th May, 2024.").    
  • British Virgin Islands Public Holiday May 20
    Source: British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office (BVI). The Assistant Information Officer of the Deputy Governor's Office of the British Virgin Islands, Eusa Z. Adam, has issued the bulletin Public Reminded Of Upcoming Holiday which is to remind the public of the upcoming Pentecost Monday public holiday ("The public is reminded that the upcoming Pubic Holiday, Whit Monday, will be observed on Monday, 20th May, 2024.").    
  • Malaysia
  • Malaysia
  • Malaysia Maintains June 3 Public Holiday
    Source: Bernama News Agency (Putrajaya). The Communications Minister of Malaysia, Fahmi Fadzil, has announced that despite the recent decision to change the date of the celebrations for the upcoming birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim from June to September, the government had nonetheless declared June 3 a public holiday in conjunction with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim’s birthday.    
  • Malaysia Maintains June 3 Public Holiday
    Source: Bernama News Agency (Putrajaya). The Communications Minister of Malaysia, Fahmi Fadzil, has announced that despite the recent decision to change the date of the celebrations for the upcoming birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim from June to September, the government had nonetheless declared June 3 a public holiday in conjunction with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim’s birthday.    

May 15, 2024

  • Iran
  • Iran
  • Iran Extends Weekends To Friday-Saturday
    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (Tehran). The Iranian parliament has approved by a vote of 136 to 66, a bill to expand the Iranian weekend from Friday only to Friday and Saturday. The law now needs to be approved by the Council of Guardians of the Constitution. In the past couple of decades, many other Muslim countries also changed their weekends. Qatar extended its weekend to 2 days in 1999. Mauritania changed it weekends from Saturday-Sunday to Thursday-Friday in 1983 and then to Friday-Saturday weekends in 2001, returning to Saturday-Sunday weekends in 2005, back to Friday-Saturday in 2008, and then to Saturday-Sunday in 2014. The UAE changed from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday in 2006, and Kuwait did the same in 2007, but the UAE then changed again to Saturday-Sunday in 2022. Algeria moved from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday in 2009. Afghanistan extended its weekends to Thursday-Friday in 2010. Oman moved to Friday-Saturday weekends in 2013, as did Yemen and Malaysia's State of Johor on January 1st, 2014.    
  • Iran Extends Weekends To Friday-Saturday
    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (Tehran). The Iranian parliament has approved by a vote of 136 to 66, a bill to expand the Iranian weekend from Friday only to Friday and Saturday. The law now needs to be approved by the Council of Guardians of the Constitution. In the past couple of decades, many other Muslim countries also changed their weekends. Qatar extended its weekend to 2 days in 1999. Mauritania changed it weekends from Saturday-Sunday to Thursday-Friday in 1983 and then to Friday-Saturday weekends in 2001, returning to Saturday-Sunday weekends in 2005, back to Friday-Saturday in 2008, and then to Saturday-Sunday in 2014. The UAE changed from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday in 2006, and Kuwait did the same in 2007, but the UAE then changed again to Saturday-Sunday in 2022. Algeria moved from Thursday-Friday to Friday-Saturday in 2009. Afghanistan extended its weekends to Thursday-Friday in 2010. Oman moved to Friday-Saturday weekends in 2013, as did Yemen and Malaysia's State of Johor on January 1st, 2014.    
  • Venezuela
  • Venezuela
  • Venezuela Declares New May 15 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información (Caracas). The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has decreed May 15 as a new annual public holiday to celebrate Venezuelan Family Day, in response to the proposal made by representatives of the Christian Church The calendar of public holidays in Venezuela has remained relatively stable, ever since the major overhaul signed by President Hugo Chávez on May 1st, 2012, and gazetted as the Ley Orgánica del Trabajo, los Trabajadores y las Trabajadoras (LOTTT) by President Maduro in 2013.    
  • Venezuela Declares New May 15 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información (Caracas). The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has decreed May 15 as a new annual public holiday to celebrate Venezuelan Family Day, in response to the proposal made by representatives of the Christian Church The calendar of public holidays in Venezuela has remained relatively stable, ever since the major overhaul signed by President Hugo Chávez on May 1st, 2012, and gazetted as the Ley Orgánica del Trabajo, los Trabajadores y las Trabajadoras (LOTTT) by President Maduro in 2013.    

May 14, 2024

  • Benin
  • Benin
  • Benin Declares May 20 Paid Public Holiday
    Source: Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou). Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, Adidjatou A. Mathys, has issued the communique No.006/MTFP/DC/SGM/DGT/SA announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Monday, May 20, 2024, as a paid public holiday throughout the Bénin on account of Pentecost Monday. As per the aforementioned communique, "Le Ministre du Travail et de la Fonction Publique rappelle que conformément aux dispositions de la loi n° 90-019 du 27 juillet 1990 fixant les fêtes légales en République du Bénin, le lundi 20 mai 2024, Lundi de Pentecôte, est férié, chômé et payé sur toute l'étendue du territoire national.".    
  • Benin Declares May 20 Paid Public Holiday
    Source: Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou). Benin's Minister of Labour and Social Security, Adidjatou A. Mathys, has issued the communique No.006/MTFP/DC/SGM/DGT/SA announcing that the government of Bénin had declared Monday, May 20, 2024, as a paid public holiday throughout the Bénin on account of Pentecost Monday. As per the aforementioned communique, "Le Ministre du Travail et de la Fonction Publique rappelle que conformément aux dispositions de la loi n° 90-019 du 27 juillet 1990 fixant les fêtes légales en République du Bénin, le lundi 20 mai 2024, Lundi de Pentecôte, est férié, chômé et payé sur toute l'étendue du territoire national.".    
  • Congo (DRC)
  • Congo (DRC)
  • DR Congo Declares FARDC Public Holiday On May 17
    Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo (Kinshasa). The ministre de l’emploi, travail et prévoyance sociale of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Claudine Ndusi M’Kembe, has issued the press communique N°034/CAB.MIN/ETPS/CNM/PFU/JDO/05/2024 declaring Friday, May 17, 2024, a public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as per the decree n⁰23/042 du 30 mars 2023, signed by President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo. As per the aforementioned communique, "aux termes de l’ordonnance n⁰23/042 du 30 mars 2023 fixant la liste des jours fériés légaux en République Démocratique du Congo, la journée du vendredi 17 mai 2024, journée des Forces armées de la RDC, a été proclamée jour férié, et par conséquent, aucun travail ne pourra être exercé ni par l’employeur ni par l’employé.".    
  • DR Congo Declares FARDC Public Holiday On May 17
    Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo (Kinshasa). The ministre de l’emploi, travail et prévoyance sociale of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Claudine Ndusi M’Kembe, has issued the press communique N°034/CAB.MIN/ETPS/CNM/PFU/JDO/05/2024 declaring Friday, May 17, 2024, a public holiday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as per the decree n⁰23/042 du 30 mars 2023, signed by President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo. As per the aforementioned communique, "aux termes de l’ordonnance n⁰23/042 du 30 mars 2023 fixant la liste des jours fériés légaux en République Démocratique du Congo, la journée du vendredi 17 mai 2024, journée des Forces armées de la RDC, a été proclamée jour férié, et par conséquent, aucun travail ne pourra être exercé ni par l’employeur ni par l’employé.".    
  • Extremadura (EX)
  • Extremadura (EX)
  • Extremadura 2025 Public Holidays Approved
    Source: Diario Oficial de Extremadura (DOE). The Consejo de Gobierno of Spain's Autonomous Region of Extremadura has approved last March's draft list of regional public holidays for the calendar year 2025 (Calendario Laboral 2025). As per the aforementioned list, contrary to what was the case in 2023 and 2024, Shrove Tuesday will not be a public holiday in Extremadura in 2025, while the day off of October 12 will be moved to Monday, October 13, 2025. Recall that a draft decree of the 2025 regional public holidays in Extremadura, was published on March 1st by the Government of María Guardiola's Ministry of Economy, Employment and Digital Transformation, followed by a 15-day period of public consultations. Recall that, in 2023, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, January 2, 2023, the PSOE Junta of Extremadura chose to declare Shrove/Carnival Tuesday a public holiday on February 21. And, in 2024, Shrove/Carnival Tuesday was once again declared a public holiday on February 13, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, September 9, 2024.    
  • Extremadura 2025 Public Holidays Approved
    Source: Diario Oficial de Extremadura (DOE). The Consejo de Gobierno of Spain's Autonomous Region of Extremadura has approved last March's draft list of regional public holidays for the calendar year 2025 (Calendario Laboral 2025). As per the aforementioned list, contrary to what was the case in 2023 and 2024, Shrove Tuesday will not be a public holiday in Extremadura in 2025, while the day off of October 12 will be moved to Monday, October 13, 2025. Recall that a draft decree of the 2025 regional public holidays in Extremadura, was published on March 1st by the Government of María Guardiola's Ministry of Economy, Employment and Digital Transformation, followed by a 15-day period of public consultations. Recall that, in 2023, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, January 2, 2023, the PSOE Junta of Extremadura chose to declare Shrove/Carnival Tuesday a public holiday on February 21. And, in 2024, Shrove/Carnival Tuesday was once again declared a public holiday on February 13, rather than declaring a day in lieu public holiday on Monday, September 9, 2024.    
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea Confirms King's Birthday Public Holiday
    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 issued a circular declaring Monday, June 17, 2024, as a public holiday to commemorate the birthday of King Charles III. Asper the aforementioned circular, "This circular instruction is served to advise that Monday June 17, 2024, is declared as a National Public Holiday as confirmed by the National Executive Council’s Decision and National Gazette No. 698 of August 25, 2023. All public servants are required to resume normal duties on Tuesday June 18, 2024.".    
  • Papua New Guinea Confirms King's Birthday Public Holiday
    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 issued a circular declaring Monday, June 17, 2024, as a public holiday to commemorate the birthday of King Charles III. Asper the aforementioned circular, "This circular instruction is served to advise that Monday June 17, 2024, is declared as a National Public Holiday as confirmed by the National Executive Council’s Decision and National Gazette No. 698 of August 25, 2023. All public servants are required to resume normal duties on Tuesday June 18, 2024.".    

May 13, 2024

  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Eid-ul-Azha Public Sector Holidays Expected To Last 5 Days
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). According to the list of 2024 public holidays released by the Government of Bangladesh last year, the government workers of Bangladesh are expected to observe their Eid-ul-Azha holidays from Friday, June 14, until Tuesday, June, 18, 2024, inclusively, with the day of Eid-ul-Azha expected to be on Monday, June 17, 2025.    
  • Bangladesh Eid-ul-Azha Public Sector Holidays Expected To Last 5 Days
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). According to the list of 2024 public holidays released by the Government of Bangladesh last year, the government workers of Bangladesh are expected to observe their Eid-ul-Azha holidays from Friday, June 14, until Tuesday, June, 18, 2024, inclusively, with the day of Eid-ul-Azha expected to be on Monday, June 17, 2025.    
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burkina Faso Public Holiday May 15
    Source: Ministère du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale (Ouagadougou). Earlier today, the Ministère de la Fonction Publique, du Travail et de la Protection Sociale of Burkina Faso issued an official communiqué declaring Wednesday, May 15, 2024, as a public holiday in Burkina Faso on account of the recently decreed new annual public holiday for the Journée des Coutumes et Traditions (JCT). As per the aforementioned communique, "en vertu du Décret N° 2024-0500/PRES- TRANS/ PM/MATDS/ MFPTPS/MCCAT du 06 mai 2024, cette journée sera chômée et payée pour tous les travailleurs et employeurs des secteurs public, para-public et privé.". Recall that the Decree No.2024-0500/ PRES-TRANS/PM/ MATDS/MFPTPS/ MCCAT was published following last week's meeting of the Government Cabinet of Burkina Faso, and that article 1 of that decree reads "Il est institué, conformément à la loi n°079-2015/CNT du 23 novembre 2015 portant institution des fêtes légales et évènements à caractère historique, la Journée des coutumes et traditions au Burkina Faso en abrégé JCT". The initial decision to declare a new annual public holiday on May 15 was initiated, early last March, by Burkina Faso's Cabinet and had been announced by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Security, Emile Zerbo.    
  • Burkina Faso Public Holiday May 15
    Source: Ministère du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale (Ouagadougou). Earlier today, the Ministère de la Fonction Publique, du Travail et de la Protection Sociale of Burkina Faso issued an official communiqué declaring Wednesday, May 15, 2024, as a public holiday in Burkina Faso on account of the recently decreed new annual public holiday for the Journée des Coutumes et Traditions (JCT). As per the aforementioned communique, "en vertu du Décret N° 2024-0500/PRES- TRANS/ PM/MATDS/ MFPTPS/MCCAT du 06 mai 2024, cette journée sera chômée et payée pour tous les travailleurs et employeurs des secteurs public, para-public et privé.". Recall that the Decree No.2024-0500/ PRES-TRANS/PM/ MATDS/MFPTPS/ MCCAT was published following last week's meeting of the Government Cabinet of Burkina Faso, and that article 1 of that decree reads "Il est institué, conformément à la loi n°079-2015/CNT du 23 novembre 2015 portant institution des fêtes légales et évènements à caractère historique, la Journée des coutumes et traditions au Burkina Faso en abrégé JCT". The initial decision to declare a new annual public holiday on May 15 was initiated, early last March, by Burkina Faso's Cabinet and had been announced by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Security, Emile Zerbo.    
  • Latvia
  • Latvia
  • Latvia 2025 Public Holidays Approved
    Source: The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga). The Latvian Cabinet has approved the draft decree On postponing the working day in 2025, whereby the 2 working days of May 2 and November 17 will be moved to May 10 and November 8, 2025, respectively. The aforementioned draft decree had been released by the Latvian Ministry of Welfare, late last month, moving 2 working days to a nearby Saturday, a practice that has been followed by Latvia for over 15 years, with very few exceptions (2011, 2016, and 2022). The government's decision applies to public administration bodies financed from the state budget and their employees, for whom a five-day working week is established from Monday to Friday. For municipal and private enterprises and organizations, the transfer of working days is advisory.    
  • Latvia 2025 Public Holidays Approved
    Source: The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga). The Latvian Cabinet has approved the draft decree On postponing the working day in 2025, whereby the 2 working days of May 2 and November 17 will be moved to May 10 and November 8, 2025, respectively. The aforementioned draft decree had been released by the Latvian Ministry of Welfare, late last month, moving 2 working days to a nearby Saturday, a practice that has been followed by Latvia for over 15 years, with very few exceptions (2011, 2016, and 2022). The government's decision applies to public administration bodies financed from the state budget and their employees, for whom a five-day working week is established from Monday to Friday. For municipal and private enterprises and organizations, the transfer of working days is advisory.    

May 12, 2024

  • Jordan
  • Jordan
  • Jordan Declares May 25 Independence Day Public Holiday
    Source: Jordan News Agency Petra (Amman). Jordanian Prime Minister, Bisher Al-Khasawneh, has declared a public holiday on Saturday, May 25, 2024, to mark the 78th anniversary of Jordan's independence. The aforementioned Independence Day public holiday will apply to ministries, public departments and universities, municipalities, joint services councils, Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), and government-owned companies. Although the above may seem to indicate that May 25 would be a public sector holiday only, back in October 2020, the then spokesperson for the Jordanian Ministry of Labour, Mohammad al-Zyoud, had clarified that "all official and religious holidays in Jordan include both public and private sectors" adding that "According to article 59 of the Labour Law, which clarifies the mechanism for making the employer work on his weekly, religious or public holidays, official communications issued for this purpose include private sector institutions without mentioning them in the communications.". A similar clarification was issued again at the end of December 2023 by the Jordanian Ministry of Labour.    
  • Jordan Declares May 25 Independence Day Public Holiday
    Source: Jordan News Agency Petra (Amman). Jordanian Prime Minister, Bisher Al-Khasawneh, has declared a public holiday on Saturday, May 25, 2024, to mark the 78th anniversary of Jordan's independence. The aforementioned Independence Day public holiday will apply to ministries, public departments and universities, municipalities, joint services councils, Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), and government-owned companies. Although the above may seem to indicate that May 25 would be a public sector holiday only, back in October 2020, the then spokesperson for the Jordanian Ministry of Labour, Mohammad al-Zyoud, had clarified that "all official and religious holidays in Jordan include both public and private sectors" adding that "According to article 59 of the Labour Law, which clarifies the mechanism for making the employer work on his weekly, religious or public holidays, official communications issued for this purpose include private sector institutions without mentioning them in the communications.". A similar clarification was issued again at the end of December 2023 by the Jordanian Ministry of Labour.    

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