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July 21, 2024

  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Central Bank Of Egypt Declares July 25 Bank Holiday
    Source: The Central Bank of Egypt (Cairo). The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has announced that all Egyptian banks, as well as the Egyptian Exchange (EGX), would remained closed on Thursday, July 25, 2024, to mark the anniversary of the 23 July 1952 revolution. Recall that, since 2020, the Egyptian government moves most mid-week public holidays, except for Eid El-Fitr, Eid El-Adha, and Coptic Christmas, to the nearest Thursday. As such, earlier this week, Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and Egyptian Ministry of Manpower, Hassan Shehata, had announced that Thursday, July 25, 2024, would be a paid day off public holiday for Egyptian workers in ministries, government bodies, public institutions, local administrative bodies, public sector companies, public business sector companies, and the private sector.    
  • Central Bank Of Egypt Declares July 25 Bank Holiday
    Source: The Central Bank of Egypt (Cairo). The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has announced that all Egyptian banks, as well as the Egyptian Exchange (EGX), would remained closed on Thursday, July 25, 2024, to mark the anniversary of the 23 July 1952 revolution. Recall that, since 2020, the Egyptian government moves most mid-week public holidays, except for Eid El-Fitr, Eid El-Adha, and Coptic Christmas, to the nearest Thursday. As such, earlier this week, Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and Egyptian Ministry of Manpower, Hassan Shehata, had announced that Thursday, July 25, 2024, would be a paid day off public holiday for Egyptian workers in ministries, government bodies, public institutions, local administrative bodies, public sector companies, public business sector companies, and the private sector.    

July 20, 2024

  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Declares July 21-22 Public Holidays
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). The government of Bangladesh has declared Sunday and Monday, July 21 and 22, 2024, as public holidays, ordering all offices and institutions to stay closed for two days after around 133 people were killed this week during student-led protests against government job quotas.    
  • Bangladesh Declares July 21-22 Public Holidays
    Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). The government of Bangladesh has declared Sunday and Monday, July 21 and 22, 2024, as public holidays, ordering all offices and institutions to stay closed for two days after around 133 people were killed this week during student-led protests against government job quotas.    

July 19, 2024

  • Chile
  • Chile
  • Chile Considers Establishing Regional Public Holidays
    Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile). The Chilean President, Gabriel Boric, has sent a legislative initiative to establish one annual regional public holiday for each of Chile's regions ("Articulo 1°.- Declárase feriado legal un día al año, para cada región del país, y deróganse las leyes N 20.663, 20.768 y 3.810. La fecha y denominación de cada feriado regional será establecida mediante Decreto Supremo del Presidente de la República, a propuesta del respectivo Gobierno Regional previo acuerdo del Consejo Regional, de conformidad a lo establecido en esta ley."). In compensation, the aforementioned legislative proposal No. 16.966-06 includes the essence of last spring's bill No. 16.845-06 which aimed to cancel the annual October 12 public holiday ("Artículo 3°.- Suprímese, en el artículo único de la ley N°19.668, la frase “12 de octubre, día del descubrimiento de dos mundos;”").    
  • Chile Considers Establishing Regional Public Holidays
    Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile). The Chilean President, Gabriel Boric, has sent a legislative initiative to establish one annual regional public holiday for each of Chile's regions ("Articulo 1°.- Declárase feriado legal un día al año, para cada región del país, y deróganse las leyes N 20.663, 20.768 y 3.810. La fecha y denominación de cada feriado regional será establecida mediante Decreto Supremo del Presidente de la República, a propuesta del respectivo Gobierno Regional previo acuerdo del Consejo Regional, de conformidad a lo establecido en esta ley."). In compensation, the aforementioned legislative proposal No. 16.966-06 includes the essence of last spring's bill No. 16.845-06 which aimed to cancel the annual October 12 public holiday ("Artículo 3°.- Suprímese, en el artículo único de la ley N°19.668, la frase “12 de octubre, día del descubrimiento de dos mundos;”").    

July 18, 2024

  • Benin
  • Benin
  • Benin Considering Days In Lieu For Muslim Public Holidays
    Source: Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou). Benin lawmakers Taïrou Imorou and Souley Moucoure Boko of the opposition party Les Démocrates have introduced a bill that would mandate the automatic declaration of a day in lieu public holiday on the Monday that follows a Muslim public holiday falling on a Sunday, as was recently the case for the 2024 Tabaski which fell on Sunday, June 16, 2024 ("when the traditional religions festival fall on a Sunday, the following Monday should be a public holiday with pay. This would mirror the practice for Easter and Pentecost, extending the holiday to the next day").    
  • Benin Considering Days In Lieu For Muslim Public Holidays
    Source: Site officiel du gouvernement du Bénin (Cotonou). Benin lawmakers Taïrou Imorou and Souley Moucoure Boko of the opposition party Les Démocrates have introduced a bill that would mandate the automatic declaration of a day in lieu public holiday on the Monday that follows a Muslim public holiday falling on a Sunday, as was recently the case for the 2024 Tabaski which fell on Sunday, June 16, 2024 ("when the traditional religions festival fall on a Sunday, the following Monday should be a public holiday with pay. This would mirror the practice for Easter and Pentecost, extending the holiday to the next day").    
  • South Africa
  • South Africa
  • South Africa Considering Abolition Of Sundays As Public Holidays
    Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). The South African legislature's Law Reform Commission, chaired by former Constitutional Court Justice Chris Jafta, has called for the repeal of the various so-called Sunday observance laws, such as the Sunday Observance Ordinance of 1838 of the Cape of Good Hope, the Lord’s Day Observance Act of 1895, the Sunday Law of 1896 of the Transvaal, Section 21 of the Police Ordinance of 1902 of the Orange Free State, as well as the Prohibition of the Exhibition of Films on Sunday and Public Holidays Act of 1977. As per the interim discussion paper on the review of colonial and apartheid era legislation, "any law that chooses Sunday as a rest day would raise the constitutional issue of unfair discrimination on grounds of religion".    
  • South Africa Considering Abolition Of Sundays As Public Holidays
    Source: South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). The South African legislature's Law Reform Commission, chaired by former Constitutional Court Justice Chris Jafta, has called for the repeal of the various so-called Sunday observance laws, such as the Sunday Observance Ordinance of 1838 of the Cape of Good Hope, the Lord’s Day Observance Act of 1895, the Sunday Law of 1896 of the Transvaal, Section 21 of the Police Ordinance of 1902 of the Orange Free State, as well as the Prohibition of the Exhibition of Films on Sunday and Public Holidays Act of 1977. As per the interim discussion paper on the review of colonial and apartheid era legislation, "any law that chooses Sunday as a rest day would raise the constitutional issue of unfair discrimination on grounds of religion".    
  • UAE (United Arab Emirates)
  • UAE (United Arab Emirates)
  • UAE Declares New Annual Union Pledge Day
    Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM). The UAE's President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has announced that the UAE would henceforth observe July 18 as Union Pledge Day. As per the aforementioned announcement, "On this day in 1971, the founding father and his fellow rulers signed the Document of Union and the Constitution of the Emirates, and announced the name of our state the United Arab Emirates in preparation for union on December 2". The new July 18 Union Pledge Day is not expected to be anon-working public holiday, though.    
  • UAE Declares New Annual Union Pledge Day
    Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM). The UAE's President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has announced that the UAE would henceforth observe July 18 as Union Pledge Day. As per the aforementioned announcement, "On this day in 1971, the founding father and his fellow rulers signed the Document of Union and the Constitution of the Emirates, and announced the name of our state the United Arab Emirates in preparation for union on December 2". The new July 18 Union Pledge Day is not expected to be anon-working public holiday, though.    

July 17, 2024

  • Cambodia
  • Cambodia
  • Cambodia Designates March 19 As National Day of Social Affairs
    Source: Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Cambodia (Phnom Penh). Cambodia's Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation has issued a sub-decree declaring March 19 as the new annual National Day of Social Affairs. As per Ministry spokesperson, Touch Channy, "The government has given the ministry the opportunity to encourage social workers and acknowledge the sacrifices they have made. This day is a reminder of their significant contributions, particularly in assisting a vulnerable population" while specifying that the National Day of Social Affairs will not be a public holiday.    
  • Cambodia Designates March 19 As National Day of Social Affairs
    Source: Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Cambodia (Phnom Penh). Cambodia's Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation has issued a sub-decree declaring March 19 as the new annual National Day of Social Affairs. As per Ministry spokesperson, Touch Channy, "The government has given the ministry the opportunity to encourage social workers and acknowledge the sacrifices they have made. This day is a reminder of their significant contributions, particularly in assisting a vulnerable population" while specifying that the National Day of Social Affairs will not be a public holiday.    
  • Haryana (HR)
  • Haryana (HR)
  • Haryana Moves Hariyali Teej Public Holiday By A Month
    Source: Government of Haryana (Chandigarh). The Government of India's state of Haryana has released the vide notification No.28/67/2008-1-HR-I, signed by its Chief Secretary, TVSN Prasad, changing the date of the upcoming Hariyali Teej restricted public holiday from Friday, September 6, to Wednesday, August 7, 2024. As per the aforementioned notification, "In partial modification of Government Notification issued vide even number dated 25.12.2023, it is notified that Restricted Holiday of Hariyali Teej (Schedule-II) in Haryana Government Calendar, 2024 will now be observed on 07.08.2024 instead of 06.09.2024.". The change of date of the 2024 Hariyali Teej, thus further amends the terms of the General Administration Department vide Notification No. 28/67/2008-1HR-1 of last December containing the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's state of Haryana for the upcoming calendar year 2024. Interestingly, though Hariyali Teej has been a restricted public holiday in Haryana since 2018, it is listed as a full public holiday, also on September 6, 2024, in the conjoined Union Territory of Chandigarh. So far, no announcement has been made as to a possible change of date of Hariyali Teej in Chandigarh.    
  • Haryana Moves Hariyali Teej Public Holiday By A Month
    Source: Government of Haryana (Chandigarh). The Government of India's state of Haryana has released the vide notification No.28/67/2008-1-HR-I, signed by its Chief Secretary, TVSN Prasad, changing the date of the upcoming Hariyali Teej restricted public holiday from Friday, September 6, to Wednesday, August 7, 2024. As per the aforementioned notification, "In partial modification of Government Notification issued vide even number dated 25.12.2023, it is notified that Restricted Holiday of Hariyali Teej (Schedule-II) in Haryana Government Calendar, 2024 will now be observed on 07.08.2024 instead of 06.09.2024.". The change of date of the 2024 Hariyali Teej, thus further amends the terms of the General Administration Department vide Notification No. 28/67/2008-1HR-1 of last December containing the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's state of Haryana for the upcoming calendar year 2024. Interestingly, though Hariyali Teej has been a restricted public holiday in Haryana since 2018, it is listed as a full public holiday, also on September 6, 2024, in the conjoined Union Territory of Chandigarh. So far, no announcement has been made as to a possible change of date of Hariyali Teej in Chandigarh.    
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua Declares July 19 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua (MITRAB). Nicaragua's Ministry of Labor (Mitrab) has announced that July 19 would be a mandatory non-working public holiday in Nicaragua on account of the upcoming Sandanista Revolution Anniversary. As per the aforementioned announcement, "In accordance with article 66 of the Labor Code, Friday, July 19 of this year, is a mandatory National Holiday with the right to rest and salary for all workers in the country, in greeting the FORTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GLORIOUS TRIUMPH OF OUR SANDINISTA POPULAR REVOLUTION , so that we all celebrate this day with the strength of victories in family and community".    
  • Nicaragua Declares July 19 Public Holiday
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua (MITRAB). Nicaragua's Ministry of Labor (Mitrab) has announced that July 19 would be a mandatory non-working public holiday in Nicaragua on account of the upcoming Sandanista Revolution Anniversary. As per the aforementioned announcement, "In accordance with article 66 of the Labor Code, Friday, July 19 of this year, is a mandatory National Holiday with the right to rest and salary for all workers in the country, in greeting the FORTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GLORIOUS TRIUMPH OF OUR SANDINISTA POPULAR REVOLUTION , so that we all celebrate this day with the strength of victories in family and community".    
  • South Korea
  • South Korea
  • South Korea Considers Restoring Constitution Day Public Holiday
    Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul). A partial amendment to the Act on Public Holidays has been tabled in South Korea's legislative assembly by members of both the ruling and opposition parties, with the aim to restore Constitution Day as an annual public holiday in South Korea. Constitution Day is one of the 2 annual public holidays whose cancellation was confirmed in 2005 at a Cabinet meeting presided by then Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan. The April 5 Arbor Day occurred for the last time in 2004, while the July 17 Constitution Day was canceled beginning in 2008.    
  • South Korea Considers Restoring Constitution Day Public Holiday
    Source: Yonhap News Agency (Seoul). A partial amendment to the Act on Public Holidays has been tabled in South Korea's legislative assembly by members of both the ruling and opposition parties, with the aim to restore Constitution Day as an annual public holiday in South Korea. Constitution Day is one of the 2 annual public holidays whose cancellation was confirmed in 2005 at a Cabinet meeting presided by then Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan. The April 5 Arbor Day occurred for the last time in 2004, while the July 17 Constitution Day was canceled beginning in 2008.    

July 16, 2024

  • Mali
  • Mali
  • Mali Achoura Public Holiday On July 17
    Source: Primature Portail Officiel du Gouvernement du Mali (Bamako). Mali's ministre du Travail, de la Fonction publique et du Dialogue social, Mamadou Konta, has declared Wednesday, July 17, 2024, a public holiday on account of the upcoming Ashura. As per the aforementioned communique, "Dans le cadre de la célébration de la fête d’Achoura, le 10e jour du mois de Muharram, premier mois du calendrier musulman, la journée du mercredi 17 juillet 2024 est déclarée chômée et payée sur l’ensemble du territoire national". Mali often announces the earliest dates for most Muslim holidays, sometimes on dates that precede the new Moon, as was the case earlier this year, as well as in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018, but this was not the case for this year's Achoura public holiday.    
  • Mali Achoura Public Holiday On July 17
    Source: Primature Portail Officiel du Gouvernement du Mali (Bamako). Mali's ministre du Travail, de la Fonction publique et du Dialogue social, Mamadou Konta, has declared Wednesday, July 17, 2024, a public holiday on account of the upcoming Ashura. As per the aforementioned communique, "Dans le cadre de la célébration de la fête d’Achoura, le 10e jour du mois de Muharram, premier mois du calendrier musulman, la journée du mercredi 17 juillet 2024 est déclarée chômée et payée sur l’ensemble du territoire national". Mali often announces the earliest dates for most Muslim holidays, sometimes on dates that precede the new Moon, as was the case earlier this year, as well as in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018, but this was not the case for this year's Achoura public holiday.    
  • Navarra (NC)
  • Navarra (NC)
  • Navarra 2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Boletín Oficial de Navarra (BON). The director general de Economía Social y Trabajo, of Spain's Autonomous Región of Navarra, Ignacio Mendioroz Casallo, has gazetted the annual 2025 calendario laboral which lists the dates of the non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Navarra for the calendar year 2025. As per the "Resolución 493/2024, de 12 de junio, de la Directora General de Política de Empresa, Proyección Internacional y Trabajo, por la que se establece el calendario oficial de fiestas laborales para el año 2025 con carácter retribuido y no recuperable en el ámbito de la Comunidad Foral de Navarra." (BON de 16 de julio de 2024), in 2025 Navarra will observe regional public holidays on Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua), July 25 (Santiago Apóstol) and December 3 (San Francisco Javier).    
  • Navarra 2025 Public Holidays Gazetted
    Source: Boletín Oficial de Navarra (BON). The director general de Economía Social y Trabajo, of Spain's Autonomous Región of Navarra, Ignacio Mendioroz Casallo, has gazetted the annual 2025 calendario laboral which lists the dates of the non-working public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of Navarra for the calendar year 2025. As per the "Resolución 493/2024, de 12 de junio, de la Directora General de Política de Empresa, Proyección Internacional y Trabajo, por la que se establece el calendario oficial de fiestas laborales para el año 2025 con carácter retribuido y no recuperable en el ámbito de la Comunidad Foral de Navarra." (BON de 16 de julio de 2024), in 2025 Navarra will observe regional public holidays on Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua), July 25 (Santiago Apóstol) and December 3 (San Francisco Javier).    

July 15, 2024

  • Bolivia
  • Bolivia
  • Bolivia Departmental Public Holiday July 16 In La Paz
    Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz). Bolivia's Ministry of Labour has issued a communiqué announcing that Tuesday, July 16, 2024, would be a departmental non-working public holiday for both the private and public sectors in La Paz "the Day of the Independence Revolution or Revolution of La Paz, a celebration that recalls the uprising that occurred in 1809 in the city of La Paz, whose objective was to end Spanish rule in these lands". The aforementioned communique JDTLP 01/2024 is in compliance with Supreme Decree No. 2750 of May 1, 2016, modified by Supreme Decree No. 5019 of September 13, 2023. Recall that, late last December, Bolivia's Minister of Labour had issued a communique confirming the dates of the annual non-working public holidays in Bolivia for the calendar year 2024, including what happens to fixed date public holidays when they occur on a Sunday, as per the Supreme Decree 2750 ("regula el calendario y traslado de feriados nacionales del país cuando caen en domingo") and which also applies to regional public holidays.    
  • Bolivia Departmental Public Holiday July 16 In La Paz
    Source: Agencia Boliviana de Información (La Paz). Bolivia's Ministry of Labour has issued a communiqué announcing that Tuesday, July 16, 2024, would be a departmental non-working public holiday for both the private and public sectors in La Paz "the Day of the Independence Revolution or Revolution of La Paz, a celebration that recalls the uprising that occurred in 1809 in the city of La Paz, whose objective was to end Spanish rule in these lands". The aforementioned communique JDTLP 01/2024 is in compliance with Supreme Decree No. 2750 of May 1, 2016, modified by Supreme Decree No. 5019 of September 13, 2023. Recall that, late last December, Bolivia's Minister of Labour had issued a communique confirming the dates of the annual non-working public holidays in Bolivia for the calendar year 2024, including what happens to fixed date public holidays when they occur on a Sunday, as per the Supreme Decree 2750 ("regula el calendario y traslado de feriados nacionales del país cuando caen en domingo") and which also applies to regional public holidays.    
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Egypt Declares July 25 Public Holiday
    Source: The Presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Cairo). Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, has announced that Thursday, July 25, 2024, would be a paid holiday for public and private sector employees to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of 23 July 1952 Revolution. As per the aforementioned cabinet announcement, "Thursday 25 July is a paid official holiday for employees in ministries, government departments, public authorities, local administration units, public sector companies, public business sector companies, and the private sector". Recall that, since 2020, the Egyptian government moves most mid-week public holidays, except for Eid El-Fitr, Eid El-Adha, and Coptic Christmas, to the nearest Thursday.    
  • Egypt Declares July 25 Public Holiday
    Source: The Presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Cairo). Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, has announced that Thursday, July 25, 2024, would be a paid holiday for public and private sector employees to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of 23 July 1952 Revolution. As per the aforementioned cabinet announcement, "Thursday 25 July is a paid official holiday for employees in ministries, government departments, public authorities, local administration units, public sector companies, public business sector companies, and the private sector". Recall that, since 2020, the Egyptian government moves most mid-week public holidays, except for Eid El-Fitr, Eid El-Adha, and Coptic Christmas, to the nearest Thursday.    
  • Galicia (GA)
  • Galicia (GA)
  • Galicia 2025 Public Holidays Approved
    Source: Diario Oficial de Galicia (DOG). The government of Spain's Autonomous Region of Galicia has approved the recently-released draft of the annual list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) in Galicia for the upcoming calendar year 2025. Today's announcement confirms the 2 regional public holidays for 2025; namely May 17 (Galician Literature Day) and July 25 (Galicia Day). The aforementioned list of 2025 regional public holidays in Galicia had been released in draft form last week by the Consello de la Xunta. As per custom, a corresponding decree can be expected to be published within a few weeks in the Diario Oficial de Galicia.    
  • Galicia 2025 Public Holidays Approved
    Source: Diario Oficial de Galicia (DOG). The government of Spain's Autonomous Region of Galicia has approved the recently-released draft of the annual list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) in Galicia for the upcoming calendar year 2025. Today's announcement confirms the 2 regional public holidays for 2025; namely May 17 (Galician Literature Day) and July 25 (Galicia Day). The aforementioned list of 2025 regional public holidays in Galicia had been released in draft form last week by the Consello de la Xunta. As per custom, a corresponding decree can be expected to be published within a few weeks in the Diario Oficial de Galicia.    
  • Gambia
  • Gambia
  • Gambia Declares Youmal Ashura Public Holiday On July 16
    Source: Office of the President of the Gambia (Banjul). The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared Tuesday, July 16, 2024, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Ashura (not Islamic New Year as the announcement incorrectly states). As per the aforementioned announcement, "The Public is hereby informed that the President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow, acting under Section 76 of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, is please to declare Tuesday, 16th July 2024 as a public Holiday throughout The Gambia in observance of the Muslim New Year, Youmal Ashura".    
  • Gambia Declares Youmal Ashura Public Holiday On July 16
    Source: Office of the President of the Gambia (Banjul). The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared Tuesday, July 16, 2024, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Ashura (not Islamic New Year as the announcement incorrectly states). As per the aforementioned announcement, "The Public is hereby informed that the President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow, acting under Section 76 of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, is please to declare Tuesday, 16th July 2024 as a public Holiday throughout The Gambia in observance of the Muslim New Year, Youmal Ashura".    
  • Guam
  • Guam
  • Guam 2024 Public Holidays Corrected
    Source: The Government of Guam (Chamorro). The Government of Guam has released an updated and corrected version of its annual official list of non-working public holidays and public sector holidays (GovGuam holidays) for the calendar year 2024. The correction applies to the day in lieu for the 2024 Liberation Day public holiday.    
  • Guam 2024 Public Holidays Corrected
    Source: The Government of Guam (Chamorro). The Government of Guam has released an updated and corrected version of its annual official list of non-working public holidays and public sector holidays (GovGuam holidays) for the calendar year 2024. The correction applies to the day in lieu for the 2024 Liberation Day public holiday.    
  • Ireland (Eire)
  • Ireland (Eire)
  • Ireland Rules-Out Canceling An Annual Public Holiday To Increase Defense Spending
    Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin). The Irish Minister of state with responsibility for Defence, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, has stated that it was not necessary to cancel one of Ireland's annual public holidays to provide for increased defense spending, as Denmark had recently done ("We are so much of an outlier on our defence spend; we don’t need to cancel public holidays to do this but we do need to have a general awareness that this is a necessary change that we need to make and that we need to make it more quickly"). Recall that, in early 2023, the Danish parliament (Folketing) approved by a vote of 95-68 the bill tabled by the Frederiksen administration to cancel the annual public holiday of Store Bededag (Great Day of Prayer), beginning in 2024, to provide for additional defense spending. In early 2022, the Irish Tánaiste and minister for enterprise, trade and employment, Leo Varadkar, signed into law a new annual public holiday in Ireland for St Brigid's Day, beginning in 2023.    
  • Ireland Rules-Out Canceling An Annual Public Holiday To Increase Defense Spending
    Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin). The Irish Minister of state with responsibility for Defence, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, has stated that it was not necessary to cancel one of Ireland's annual public holidays to provide for increased defense spending, as Denmark had recently done ("We are so much of an outlier on our defence spend; we don’t need to cancel public holidays to do this but we do need to have a general awareness that this is a necessary change that we need to make and that we need to make it more quickly"). Recall that, in early 2023, the Danish parliament (Folketing) approved by a vote of 95-68 the bill tabled by the Frederiksen administration to cancel the annual public holiday of Store Bededag (Great Day of Prayer), beginning in 2024, to provide for additional defense spending. In early 2022, the Irish Tánaiste and minister for enterprise, trade and employment, Leo Varadkar, signed into law a new annual public holiday in Ireland for St Brigid's Day, beginning in 2023.    
  • Kerala (KL)
  • Kerala (KL)
  • Kerala Declares July 16 Public Holiday For Muharram
    Source: Government of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram). The Government of India's state of Kerala has issued a vide notification declaring tomorrow, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, as a public holiday. As per the notification, "all educational institutions and government offices will remain closed on Tuesday, July 16 after the state government declared a public holiday on account of Muharram". Additionally, all public and private sector banks will observe a bank holiday on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. The aforementioned declaration of Tuesday, July 16, 2024, as a public holiday on account of Muharram is in line with last October's vide notifications G. O. (P) No. 23/2023/GAD. and G. O. (P) No. 24/2023/GAD declaring the 2024 list of "Public Holidays to the Public Offices under the Government of Kerala during the Calendar year 2024" and "Restricted Holidays", as per the Kerala Gazette Extraordinary No. 3253 and 3254 dated 5-10-2023.    
  • Kerala Declares July 16 Public Holiday For Muharram
    Source: Government of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram). The Government of India's state of Kerala has issued a vide notification declaring tomorrow, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, as a public holiday. As per the notification, "all educational institutions and government offices will remain closed on Tuesday, July 16 after the state government declared a public holiday on account of Muharram". Additionally, all public and private sector banks will observe a bank holiday on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. The aforementioned declaration of Tuesday, July 16, 2024, as a public holiday on account of Muharram is in line with last October's vide notifications G. O. (P) No. 23/2023/GAD. and G. O. (P) No. 24/2023/GAD declaring the 2024 list of "Public Holidays to the Public Offices under the Government of Kerala during the Calendar year 2024" and "Restricted Holidays", as per the Kerala Gazette Extraordinary No. 3253 and 3254 dated 5-10-2023.    
  • Nepal
  • Nepal
  • Karnali Province Declares July 16 Public Holiday
    Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu). The Government of Nepal's Karnali Province has declared a public holiday on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in observance of Sharwan Sankranti and Deuda Parba. 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.    
  • Karnali Province Declares July 16 Public Holiday
    Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu). The Government of Nepal's Karnali Province has declared a public holiday on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, in observance of Sharwan Sankranti and Deuda Parba. 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.    
  • Punjab (PB)
  • Punjab (PB)
  • Punjab Declares July 17 Muharram Public Holiday In Malerkotla
    Source: Government of Punjab (Chandigarh). The Deputy Commissioner of the Indian State of Punjab has declared a public holiday on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in the District Malerkotla of Punjab on account of the upcoming Muharram (Youm-e-Ashura). As per the aforementioned announcement, made under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881, "all the government, semi-government offices of the district and government, non-government and private educational institutions will remain closed". Banks will also remain closed on this day. The aforementioned declaration of Wednesday, July 17, 2024, as a public holiday thus amends last December's Government vide notification No. 06/03/2023/ 2PP3/702 which specified the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's state of Punjab for the calendar year 2024.    
  • Punjab Declares July 17 Muharram Public Holiday In Malerkotla
    Source: Government of Punjab (Chandigarh). The Deputy Commissioner of the Indian State of Punjab has declared a public holiday on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in the District Malerkotla of Punjab on account of the upcoming Muharram (Youm-e-Ashura). As per the aforementioned announcement, made under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881, "all the government, semi-government offices of the district and government, non-government and private educational institutions will remain closed". Banks will also remain closed on this day. The aforementioned declaration of Wednesday, July 17, 2024, as a public holiday thus amends last December's Government vide notification No. 06/03/2023/ 2PP3/702 which specified the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's state of Punjab for the calendar year 2024.    

July 14, 2024

  • Congo (DRC)
  • Congo (DRC)
  • DR Congo Plans August 2 Public Holiday
    Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo (Kinshasa). The Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chantal Chambu Mwavita, has announced that, at last Friday's council of ministers, it was decided to declare August 2 as a new annual public holiday to mark Congolese Genocide Day. As per the aforementioned statement, "the Minister of Human Rights proposed to the members of the Council that the day of August 2 of each year be declared a paid holiday throughout the national territory; and that, for this year, a week of ecumenical prayer be organized, reports the minutes of the meeting.".    
  • DR Congo Plans August 2 Public Holiday
    Source: Présidence de la République Démocratique du Congo (Kinshasa). The Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chantal Chambu Mwavita, has announced that, at last Friday's council of ministers, it was decided to declare August 2 as a new annual public holiday to mark Congolese Genocide Day. As per the aforementioned statement, "the Minister of Human Rights proposed to the members of the Council that the day of August 2 of each year be declared a paid holiday throughout the national territory; and that, for this year, a week of ecumenical prayer be organized, reports the minutes of the meeting.".    
  • Tripura (TR)
  • Tripura (TR)
  • Tripura Declares Declares July 20 Kharchi Puja Public Holiday
    Source: Government of Tripura (Agartala). The Chief Minister of India's State of Tripura, Manik Saha, has declared Saturday, July 20, 2024, the last day of the current seven-day traditional Kharchi Puja festival as a public holiday to encourage wider participation. As per the Chief Minister's announcement, "When the file of Kharchi Puja came to me, I observed the inauguration day as a holiday on Sunday. Usually, everyone expects such public holidays. So, after talking with officials, I declared the end day of the Kharchi festival, i.e., July 20, as a public holiday so that people can participate in this festival more happily". The declaration of a one-off public holiday on July 20 thus amends the list of 2024 public holidays in Tripura as set out in last autumn's Government vide Notification No.F.17(1)-GA(SA)/2023/8423-31.    
  • Tripura Declares Declares July 20 Kharchi Puja Public Holiday
    Source: Government of Tripura (Agartala). The Chief Minister of India's State of Tripura, Manik Saha, has declared Saturday, July 20, 2024, the last day of the current seven-day traditional Kharchi Puja festival as a public holiday to encourage wider participation. As per the Chief Minister's announcement, "When the file of Kharchi Puja came to me, I observed the inauguration day as a holiday on Sunday. Usually, everyone expects such public holidays. So, after talking with officials, I declared the end day of the Kharchi festival, i.e., July 20, as a public holiday so that people can participate in this festival more happily". The declaration of a one-off public holiday on July 20 thus amends the list of 2024 public holidays in Tripura as set out in last autumn's Government vide Notification No.F.17(1)-GA(SA)/2023/8423-31.    
  • Vietnam
  • Vietnam
  • Vietnam Announces Extended National Day Public Holidays
    Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi). Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has announced that the 2024 National Day public holidays would run from Saturday, August 31, until Tuesday, September 3, 2024. Recall that, at the 13th Congress of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, in December 2023, the General Confederation of Labor had proposed that the Party and the State add 2 more days off for National Day (from 2 working days to 4) so that workers and laborers can take time off from work and take their children to school on the opening day of the new school year on September 5 every year. But this was not implemented for 2024.    
  • Vietnam Announces Extended National Day Public Holidays
    Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi). Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has announced that the 2024 National Day public holidays would run from Saturday, August 31, until Tuesday, September 3, 2024. Recall that, at the 13th Congress of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, in December 2023, the General Confederation of Labor had proposed that the Party and the State add 2 more days off for National Day (from 2 working days to 4) so that workers and laborers can take time off from work and take their children to school on the opening day of the new school year on September 5 every year. But this was not implemented for 2024.    

July 13, 2024

  • Colombia
  • Colombia
  • Colombia Declares July 15 Copa América Public Holiday
    Source: Presidencia de la República (Bogota). Colombian President, Gustavo Petro, has declared Monday, July 15, 2024, as a one-off national public sector holiday whether the Colombian national team wins the 2024 Copa América or not on Sunday, July 14, 2024. Yesterday, at the suggestion of the governors of 7 departments President Petro had announced that he was considering declaring Monday, July 15, 2024, as a one-off national public holiday if the Colombian national team was crowned champion of the 2024 Copa América, a win that would come for the first time in 23 years.    
  • Colombia Declares July 15 Copa América Public Holiday
    Source: Presidencia de la República (Bogota). Colombian President, Gustavo Petro, has declared Monday, July 15, 2024, as a one-off national public sector holiday whether the Colombian national team wins the 2024 Copa América or not on Sunday, July 14, 2024. Yesterday, at the suggestion of the governors of 7 departments President Petro had announced that he was considering declaring Monday, July 15, 2024, as a one-off national public holiday if the Colombian national team was crowned champion of the 2024 Copa América, a win that would come for the first time in 23 years.    
  • Mexico
  • Mexico
  • Mexico Gazettes Presidential Inauguration Public Holiday
    Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación (Ciudad de México). The recently-proposed changes to article 74 of the Federal Labor Law of Mexico have been gazetted in the Diario Oficial de la Federación, setting October 1st, every 6 years beginning in 2024, as a public sector holiday in Mexico to coincide with the presidential inauguration (cada seis años, con motivo de la transmisión del Poder Ejecutivo Federal), thus modifying the annual days of mandatory rest, as set out in the decree of October 6, 1993, and its subsequent reform of January 2006. The presidential decree states that "The Fifteenth Transitory Provision of the aforementioned decree states that the amendment to constitutional article 83 came into force on December 1, 2018, and therefore the aforementioned constitutional reform established a new political reality, which will be applied for the first time on October 1, 2024, and therefore, in order to ensure normative coherence and harmonization between the Constitution and the official calendar, I have seen fit to issue the decree". The aforementioned amendments to article 74 of the Federal Labor Law of Mexico were presented last month by PRI representative María de Jesús Aguirre Maldonado, so that the annual December 1st public holiday for the inauguration of the President of Mexico, be changed to October 1st, due to the 2014 electoral reform that moved the presidential inauguration from December 1st to October 1st, beginning in 2024.    
  • Mexico Gazettes Presidential Inauguration Public Holiday
    Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación (Ciudad de México). The recently-proposed changes to article 74 of the Federal Labor Law of Mexico have been gazetted in the Diario Oficial de la Federación, setting October 1st, every 6 years beginning in 2024, as a public sector holiday in Mexico to coincide with the presidential inauguration (cada seis años, con motivo de la transmisión del Poder Ejecutivo Federal), thus modifying the annual days of mandatory rest, as set out in the decree of October 6, 1993, and its subsequent reform of January 2006. The presidential decree states that "The Fifteenth Transitory Provision of the aforementioned decree states that the amendment to constitutional article 83 came into force on December 1, 2018, and therefore the aforementioned constitutional reform established a new political reality, which will be applied for the first time on October 1, 2024, and therefore, in order to ensure normative coherence and harmonization between the Constitution and the official calendar, I have seen fit to issue the decree". The aforementioned amendments to article 74 of the Federal Labor Law of Mexico were presented last month by PRI representative María de Jesús Aguirre Maldonado, so that the annual December 1st public holiday for the inauguration of the President of Mexico, be changed to October 1st, due to the 2014 electoral reform that moved the presidential inauguration from December 1st to October 1st, beginning in 2024.    
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua Bank Holiday July 20
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua (MITRAB). Most of Nicaragua's private banks, such as the BAC, Banco Lafise, BDF, Ficohsa, Banpro and Banco Atlántida, have announced that they will be closed on Saturday, July 20, 2024, as a follow-up to the July 19 public holiday that is expected to be declared in the coming days by Nicaragua's Ministry of Labor (Mitrab). State banks will also be closed on Saturday, July 20, 2024, as all public institutions will be as per Vice-President Rosario Murillo.    
  • Nicaragua Bank Holiday July 20
    Source: Ministerio del Trabajo de Nicaragua (MITRAB). Most of Nicaragua's private banks, such as the BAC, Banco Lafise, BDF, Ficohsa, Banpro and Banco Atlántida, have announced that they will be closed on Saturday, July 20, 2024, as a follow-up to the July 19 public holiday that is expected to be declared in the coming days by Nicaragua's Ministry of Labor (Mitrab). State banks will also be closed on Saturday, July 20, 2024, as all public institutions will be as per Vice-President Rosario Murillo.    

July 12, 2024

  • Canada
  • Canada
  • Canada 2025 Bank Holidays Updated
    Source: Bank of Canada - Banque du Canada (Ottawa). The Bank of Canada, Canada's central bank, has released an updated version of its previously-released list of 2024-2025 bank holidays in Canada, including later dates in 2025.    
  • Canada 2025 Bank Holidays Updated
    Source: Bank of Canada - Banque du Canada (Ottawa). The Bank of Canada, Canada's central bank, has released an updated version of its previously-released list of 2024-2025 bank holidays in Canada, including later dates in 2025.    
  • Colombia
  • Colombia
  • Colombia Considering July 15 Public Holiday
    Source: Presidencia de la República (Bogota). At the suggestion of the governors of the departments of Bolívar, Córdoba, Sucre, Atlántico, Tolima, Norte de Santander and La Guajira, Colombian President, Gustavo Petro, has announced that he was considering declaring Monday, July 15, 2024, as a one-off national public holiday if the Colombian national team is crowned champion of the 2024 Copa América, a win that would come for the first time in 23 years. Colombia will face Argentina for the Copa América title on Sunday, July 14, 2024.    
  • Colombia Considering July 15 Public Holiday
    Source: Presidencia de la República (Bogota). At the suggestion of the governors of the departments of Bolívar, Córdoba, Sucre, Atlántico, Tolima, Norte de Santander and La Guajira, Colombian President, Gustavo Petro, has announced that he was considering declaring Monday, July 15, 2024, as a one-off national public holiday if the Colombian national team is crowned champion of the 2024 Copa América, a win that would come for the first time in 23 years. Colombia will face Argentina for the Copa América title on Sunday, July 14, 2024.    
  • Sikkim (SK)
  • Sikkim (SK)
  • Sikkim Extends Monthly Public Sector Holidays
    Source: The Home Department of Government of Sikkim (Gangtok). The Government of India's State of Sikkim has extended the number of monthly days off for its public sector employees to the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. The aforementioned extension of the Sikkim public sector monthly days off, thus amends the list of 2024 public holidays in Sikkim contained in the vide notification No.70/Home/2023 of last November.    
  • Sikkim Extends Monthly Public Sector Holidays
    Source: The Home Department of Government of Sikkim (Gangtok). The Government of India's State of Sikkim has extended the number of monthly days off for its public sector employees to the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. The aforementioned extension of the Sikkim public sector monthly days off, thus amends the list of 2024 public holidays in Sikkim contained in the vide notification No.70/Home/2023 of last November.    

July 11, 2024

  • Algeria
  • Algeria
  • Algeria Declares July 16 Achoura Public Holiday
    Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique (Algiers). The Algerian Direction générale de la Fonction publique et de la Réforme administrative et du ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Sécurité sociale has announced that the upcoming 10 Mouharam 1446 de l'Hégire (Achoura) would be a paid public holiday in Algeria. As per the aforementioned announcement, "A l'occasion de la Journée d'Achoura et conformément à la loi 63-278 du 26 juillet 1963 modifiée et complétée fixant la liste des fêtes légales, la journée du mardi 10 Mouharam 1446 de l'Hégire, correspondant au 16 juillet 2024, est chômée et payée pour l'ensemble des personnels des institutions et administrations publiques, des établissements et offices publics et privés, ainsi qu'aux personnels des entreprises publiques et privées, tous secteurs et statuts juridiques confondus, y compris les personnels payés à l'heure ou à la journée". Recall that, late last week, the Algerian ministère des Affaires religieuses et des Wakfs had announced that the upcoming Islamic New Year and Achoura would be observed on Sunday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 16, 2024, respectively.    
  • Algeria Declares July 16 Achoura Public Holiday
    Source: Direction Générale de la Fonction Publique (Algiers). The Algerian Direction générale de la Fonction publique et de la Réforme administrative et du ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Sécurité sociale has announced that the upcoming 10 Mouharam 1446 de l'Hégire (Achoura) would be a paid public holiday in Algeria. As per the aforementioned announcement, "A l'occasion de la Journée d'Achoura et conformément à la loi 63-278 du 26 juillet 1963 modifiée et complétée fixant la liste des fêtes légales, la journée du mardi 10 Mouharam 1446 de l'Hégire, correspondant au 16 juillet 2024, est chômée et payée pour l'ensemble des personnels des institutions et administrations publiques, des établissements et offices publics et privés, ainsi qu'aux personnels des entreprises publiques et privées, tous secteurs et statuts juridiques confondus, y compris les personnels payés à l'heure ou à la journée". Recall that, late last week, the Algerian ministère des Affaires religieuses et des Wakfs had announced that the upcoming Islamic New Year and Achoura would be observed on Sunday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 16, 2024, respectively.    
  • Assam (AS)
  • Assam (AS)
  • Assam Declares November 6 And 8 Public Holidays
    Source: Government of Assam (Guwahati). The Chief Minister of the Government of India's state of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has declared 2 public sector holidays in November 2024 for employees to spend time with their parents or parents-in-law. As per the Chief Minister's post on the social media platform X, "The Assam Government, under the leadership of HCM Dr. Himanta Biswa, has declared special casual leave for State Government employees on November 6 and 8, 2024, to spend time with their parents or parents-in-law." going on to add that "This leave must be used solely for spending time with aging parents or parents-in-law to honor, respect, and care for them, and not for personal enjoyment.". These 2 public holidays could be combined with the Thursday, November 7, 2024, Chhat Puja public holiday, as well as the second Saturday of the month public sector holiday on Saturday, November 9, as well as the weekly day off on Sunday, November 10, 2024. These 2 public sector holidays thus further amend the terms of last November's Government vide notification No.221561/11 which specified the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's state of Assam for the calendar year 2024.    
  • Assam Declares November 6 And 8 Public Holidays
    Source: Government of Assam (Guwahati). The Chief Minister of the Government of India's state of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has declared 2 public sector holidays in November 2024 for employees to spend time with their parents or parents-in-law. As per the Chief Minister's post on the social media platform X, "The Assam Government, under the leadership of HCM Dr. Himanta Biswa, has declared special casual leave for State Government employees on November 6 and 8, 2024, to spend time with their parents or parents-in-law." going on to add that "This leave must be used solely for spending time with aging parents or parents-in-law to honor, respect, and care for them, and not for personal enjoyment.". These 2 public holidays could be combined with the Thursday, November 7, 2024, Chhat Puja public holiday, as well as the second Saturday of the month public sector holiday on Saturday, November 9, as well as the weekly day off on Sunday, November 10, 2024. These 2 public sector holidays thus further amend the terms of last November's Government vide notification No.221561/11 which specified the annual list of non-working public holidays in India's state of Assam for the calendar year 2024.    

July 10, 2024

  • Bahrain
  • Bahrain
  • Bahrain Ashura Bank Holidays July 16-17
    Source: Bahrain News Agency (BNA). Bahrain's Central Bank has published a circular declaring the dates of the bank holidays in Bahrain for the upcoming Ashura. As per the aforementioned announcement, signed by the Director of the Banking Services Directorate, Hessa Saif Al Buflasa, "the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) will be closed during the Ashoora Holiday which will fall on Tuesday, 16th July and Wednesday, 17th July 2024" adding that it "will resume operations as normal on Thursday, 18th July 2024". The aforementioned announcement follows yesterday's announcement by Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, that "the Kingdom’s ministries and public institutions will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, corresponding to 16-17 July".    
  • Bahrain Ashura Bank Holidays July 16-17
    Source: Bahrain News Agency (BNA). Bahrain's Central Bank has published a circular declaring the dates of the bank holidays in Bahrain for the upcoming Ashura. As per the aforementioned announcement, signed by the Director of the Banking Services Directorate, Hessa Saif Al Buflasa, "the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) will be closed during the Ashoora Holiday which will fall on Tuesday, 16th July and Wednesday, 17th July 2024" adding that it "will resume operations as normal on Thursday, 18th July 2024". The aforementioned announcement follows yesterday's announcement by Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, that "the Kingdom’s ministries and public institutions will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, corresponding to 16-17 July".    
  • Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica
  • Costa Rican Legislative Assembly Rejects Movable Public Holidays Bill
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José). The Social Affairs Committee of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has unanimously rejected Bill 24.274 Feriados con propósito: Bienestar personal y familiar (Holidays with a purpose: Personal and family well-being) tabled by ruling party member Pilar Cisneros. The Legislative Assembly had been convened by President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, early last May, to consider the aforementioned Bill 24,274 which would have amended the first paragraph of article 148 of the Labor Code, which defines days of rest with mandatory and non-mandatory payment, by moving 5 annual public holidays from their fixed date to the subsequent Monday. To these 5 public holidays (April 11, July 25, August 2, August 31, and December 1) would be added August 15 which would be moved to the Monday of the third week of August. The creation of long weekend to promote tourism had been the crux of the Abel Pacheco's administration 2005 legislation, which specified that 4 public holidays would move from mid-week to the following Monday. But subsequent legislation was passed in 2007, 2009, and 2010 to remove all public holidays from the scope of the 2005 legislation, except for October 12. That last holiday was then replaced by a new annual public holiday on December 1st, to commemorate the Day of the Abolition of the Army. Thus, as 2019 ended, all of Costa Rica's public holidays had been made immovable again, as they had been before 2005. Then, in the summer of 2020, legislation was passed, making 5 of Costa Rica's public holidays movable until the end of 2024. And, once again, legislators chipped away at the 2020 expediente 21.941, adición de un transitorio al Artículo 148 de la Ley 2, Código de Trabajo, de 27 de agosto de 1943, para trasladar los feriados a los lunes, con el fin de promover la visita interna y el turismo durante los años 2020 al 2024, cancelling the October 12 public holiday and making the August 15 and then the July 25 public holidays fixed in late December and early January 2023-2024.    
  • Costa Rican Legislative Assembly Rejects Movable Public Holidays Bill
    Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José). The Social Affairs Committee of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has unanimously rejected Bill 24.274 Feriados con propósito: Bienestar personal y familiar (Holidays with a purpose: Personal and family well-being) tabled by ruling party member Pilar Cisneros. The Legislative Assembly had been convened by President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, early last May, to consider the aforementioned Bill 24,274 which would have amended the first paragraph of article 148 of the Labor Code, which defines days of rest with mandatory and non-mandatory payment, by moving 5 annual public holidays from their fixed date to the subsequent Monday. To these 5 public holidays (April 11, July 25, August 2, August 31, and December 1) would be added August 15 which would be moved to the Monday of the third week of August. The creation of long weekend to promote tourism had been the crux of the Abel Pacheco's administration 2005 legislation, which specified that 4 public holidays would move from mid-week to the following Monday. But subsequent legislation was passed in 2007, 2009, and 2010 to remove all public holidays from the scope of the 2005 legislation, except for October 12. That last holiday was then replaced by a new annual public holiday on December 1st, to commemorate the Day of the Abolition of the Army. Thus, as 2019 ended, all of Costa Rica's public holidays had been made immovable again, as they had been before 2005. Then, in the summer of 2020, legislation was passed, making 5 of Costa Rica's public holidays movable until the end of 2024. And, once again, legislators chipped away at the 2020 expediente 21.941, adición de un transitorio al Artículo 148 de la Ley 2, Código de Trabajo, de 27 de agosto de 1943, para trasladar los feriados a los lunes, con el fin de promover la visita interna y el turismo durante los años 2020 al 2024, cancelling the October 12 public holiday and making the August 15 and then the July 25 public holidays fixed in late December and early January 2023-2024.    
  • Iraq
  • Iraq
  • Iraq Declares July 11 Public Holiday Due To Excessive Temperatures
    Source: Al Sumaria News (Baghdad). Many provinces of Iraq have declared tomorrow, Thursday, July 11, 2024, as a regional public holiday due to the current heat wave that is supposed to exceed 50 degrees Celsius in the central and southern provinces of Iraq.    
  • Iraq Declares July 11 Public Holiday Due To Excessive Temperatures
    Source: Al Sumaria News (Baghdad). Many provinces of Iraq have declared tomorrow, Thursday, July 11, 2024, as a regional public holiday due to the current heat wave that is supposed to exceed 50 degrees Celsius in the central and southern provinces of Iraq.    
  • Rwanda
  • Rwanda
  • Rwanda Declares July 15-16 Electoral Public Holidays
    Source: Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting (ORINFOR). The government of Rwanda has declared Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16, 2024, as one-off public holidays "to enable Rwandans to participa.te in the presidential and parliamentary elections". As per the aforementioned announcement, "Le ministère de la Fonction publique et du Travail informe les employeurs et les salariés que les lundi 15 et mardi 16 juillet 2024 seront des jours fériés pour permettre aux Rwandais de participer aux élections présidentielles et parlementaires et d’accomplir leurs devoirs civiques". Rwandan voters are expected to vote from the village where he or she is registered. The government of Rwanda had similarly declared Monday, August 9, 2010, the date of the 2010 presidential election, a one-off non-working public holiday, as well as the day after, Tuesday, August 10, 2010, as the country waited for preliminary results from that presidential election. A similar electoral public holiday was declared in 2008, on the occasion of the 2008 parliamentary elections.    
  • Rwanda Declares July 15-16 Electoral Public Holidays
    Source: Rwanda Bureau Of Information and Broadcasting (ORINFOR). The government of Rwanda has declared Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16, 2024, as one-off public holidays "to enable Rwandans to participa.te in the presidential and parliamentary elections". As per the aforementioned announcement, "Le ministère de la Fonction publique et du Travail informe les employeurs et les salariés que les lundi 15 et mardi 16 juillet 2024 seront des jours fériés pour permettre aux Rwandais de participer aux élections présidentielles et parlementaires et d’accomplir leurs devoirs civiques". Rwandan voters are expected to vote from the village where he or she is registered. The government of Rwanda had similarly declared Monday, August 9, 2010, the date of the 2010 presidential election, a one-off non-working public holiday, as well as the day after, Tuesday, August 10, 2010, as the country waited for preliminary results from that presidential election. A similar electoral public holiday was declared in 2008, on the occasion of the 2008 parliamentary elections.    

July 9, 2024

  • Bahrain
  • Bahrain
  • Bahrain Declares July 16-17 Ashura Public Holidays
    Source: Bahrain News Agency (BNA). Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has issued a circular announcing the date of the upcoming Ashura public holidays. As per the aforementioned statement, "the Kingdom’s ministries and public institutions will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, corresponding to 16-17 July". Recall that weekends in Bahrain have been observed on Friday-Saturday, since September 2006.    
  • Bahrain Declares July 16-17 Ashura Public Holidays
    Source: Bahrain News Agency (BNA). Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has issued a circular announcing the date of the upcoming Ashura public holidays. As per the aforementioned statement, "the Kingdom’s ministries and public institutions will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, corresponding to 16-17 July". Recall that weekends in Bahrain have been observed on Friday-Saturday, since September 2006.    
  • India
  • India
  • India Releases 2025 Central Government Public Holidays
    Source: The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (New Delhi). India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released the Department of Personnel and Training’s Office Memorandum No. F.No.12/2/2023-JCA ("Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2025") containing its annual list of public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India, for the upcoming calendar year 2025. As per the aforementioned memorandum, "It has been decided that the holidays, as specified in the Annexure I to this O.M., will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2025. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays specified at Annexure II.". Contrary to what was the case 2 years ago, there do not appear to be any obvious errors in the dates listed in the aforementioned vide notification F.No.12/2/2023-JCA.    
  • India Releases 2025 Central Government Public Holidays
    Source: The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (New Delhi). India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released the Department of Personnel and Training’s Office Memorandum No. F.No.12/2/2023-JCA ("Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2025") containing its annual list of public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India, for the upcoming calendar year 2025. As per the aforementioned memorandum, "It has been decided that the holidays, as specified in the Annexure I to this O.M., will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi during the year 2025. In addition, each employee will also be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays specified at Annexure II.". Contrary to what was the case 2 years ago, there do not appear to be any obvious errors in the dates listed in the aforementioned vide notification F.No.12/2/2023-JCA.    
  • Pakistan
  • Pakistan
  • Pakistan Declares July 16-17 Ashura Public Holidays
    Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan (Islamabad). The Federal government of Pakistan has announced a two-day public holiday on account of the upcoming Ashura. As per the notification, "the Prime Minister is pleased to declare 16th and 17th July, 2024 (Tuesday and Wednesday) as public holidays on the occasion of Ashura (9th and 10th Moharram 1446 AH)".    
  • Pakistan Declares July 16-17 Ashura Public Holidays
    Source: Associated Press Of Pakistan (Islamabad). The Federal government of Pakistan has announced a two-day public holiday on account of the upcoming Ashura. As per the notification, "the Prime Minister is pleased to declare 16th and 17th July, 2024 (Tuesday and Wednesday) as public holidays on the occasion of Ashura (9th and 10th Moharram 1446 AH)".    

July 8, 2024

  • Aargau (AG)
  • Aargau (AG)
  • Aargau Rejects May 1st Public Holidays
    Source: Aargauische Gewerbeverband (AGV). The Regierungsrat of Switzerland's Canton of Aargau has rejected the call to make May 1st a new annual public holiday in Aargau. As per the announced decision, "If May 1st were to be declared an official holiday, another existing holiday would have to be abolished. This is because the cantons can only designate eight official holidays per year that are equal to Sunday. In addition, there is the federal holiday on August 1st. This already applies in all districts of Aargau . With nine official holidays (plus August 1st), the canton would be violating the federal law requirement.". Today's decision follows last April's call from the Aargau Trade Association (AGV) supporting the Social Democrats' parliamentary group's proposal in the Grand Council to set May 1st as an annual public holiday in Aargau. The Social Democrats had wanted to add May 1st as an additional public holiday, while the AGV wished for one of the existing public holidays to be canceled, possibly Berchtold's Day, to retain a constant number of public holidays in Aargau. In 2006, the Aargau government council had proposed standardizing public holidays throughout the canton, with Corpus Christi, All Saints' Day, Assumption and the Immaculate Conception public holidays being slated for cancellation beginning in 2008. However, due to strong opposition from its Catholic regions, the Aargau government reversed itself in February 2007.    
  • Aargau Rejects May 1st Public Holidays
    Source: Aargauische Gewerbeverband (AGV). The Regierungsrat of Switzerland's Canton of Aargau has rejected the call to make May 1st a new annual public holiday in Aargau. As per the announced decision, "If May 1st were to be declared an official holiday, another existing holiday would have to be abolished. This is because the cantons can only designate eight official holidays per year that are equal to Sunday. In addition, there is the federal holiday on August 1st. This already applies in all districts of Aargau . With nine official holidays (plus August 1st), the canton would be violating the federal law requirement.". Today's decision follows last April's call from the Aargau Trade Association (AGV) supporting the Social Democrats' parliamentary group's proposal in the Grand Council to set May 1st as an annual public holiday in Aargau. The Social Democrats had wanted to add May 1st as an additional public holiday, while the AGV wished for one of the existing public holidays to be canceled, possibly Berchtold's Day, to retain a constant number of public holidays in Aargau. In 2006, the Aargau government council had proposed standardizing public holidays throughout the canton, with Corpus Christi, All Saints' Day, Assumption and the Immaculate Conception public holidays being slated for cancellation beginning in 2008. However, due to strong opposition from its Catholic regions, the Aargau government reversed itself in February 2007.    
  • Galicia (GA)
  • Galicia (GA)
  • Galicia 2025 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Diario Oficial de Galicia (DOG). The government of Spain's Autonomous Region of Galicia has announced its annual official list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) in Galicia for the upcoming calendar year 2025. As is often the case, the 2 regional public holidays chosen by the Consello da Xunta are May 17 (Galician Literature Day) and July 25 (Galicia Day). As per custom, a corresponding decree can be expected to be published within a few weeks in the Diario Oficial de Galicia.    
  • Galicia 2025 Public Holidays Announced
    Source: Diario Oficial de Galicia (DOG). The government of Spain's Autonomous Region of Galicia has announced its annual official list of regional public holidays (calendario laboral) in Galicia for the upcoming calendar year 2025. As is often the case, the 2 regional public holidays chosen by the Consello da Xunta are May 17 (Galician Literature Day) and July 25 (Galicia Day). As per custom, a corresponding decree can be expected to be published within a few weeks in the Diario Oficial de Galicia.    
  • Montenegro
  • Montenegro
  • Montenegro National Day Public Holidays July 13-14-15
    Source: The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare of Montenegro (Podgorica). Montenegro’s Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare has announced that the upcoming Statehood Day public holidays would be extended for a third day, Monday, July 15, 2024, based on the Law on State and Other Holidays and the fact that "the second holiday is Sunday".    
  • Montenegro National Day Public Holidays July 13-14-15
    Source: The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare of Montenegro (Podgorica). Montenegro’s Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare has announced that the upcoming Statehood Day public holidays would be extended for a third day, Monday, July 15, 2024, based on the Law on State and Other Holidays and the fact that "the second holiday is Sunday".    
  • Myanmar
  • Myanmar
  • Myanmar To Add CNY Public Holiday From 2025 Onward
    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Yangoon). The state-run media Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) has announced that the government of Myanmar will include Chinese New Year as a new annual public holiday beginning in 2025, "in order to strengthen its Paukphaw (fraternal) friendship with China". A separate announcement on the same topic by the State Administration Council (SAC) confirmed that International New Year Day, omitted from the list of 2024 public holidays in Myanmar, would be observed annually again beginning in 2025, "to align Myanmar with international practices". The list of 2024 public holidays in Myanmar was released in early January by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, taking into account the 2019 amendments to the rules governing the public holidays in Myanmar ("If the Public Holiday is on Saturday or Sunday, it will not replace to another working day").    
  • Myanmar To Add CNY Public Holiday From 2025 Onward
    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Yangoon). The state-run media Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) has announced that the government of Myanmar will include Chinese New Year as a new annual public holiday beginning in 2025, "in order to strengthen its Paukphaw (fraternal) friendship with China". A separate announcement on the same topic by the State Administration Council (SAC) confirmed that International New Year Day, omitted from the list of 2024 public holidays in Myanmar, would be observed annually again beginning in 2025, "to align Myanmar with international practices". The list of 2024 public holidays in Myanmar was released in early January by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, taking into account the 2019 amendments to the rules governing the public holidays in Myanmar ("If the Public Holiday is on Saturday or Sunday, it will not replace to another working day").    

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