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Public Holidays by Country

Argentina :: Australia :: Belgium :: Brazil :: Canada :: China :: Denmark :: France :: Germany :: India :: Indonesia :: Italy :: Japan :: Malaysia Netherlands :: Singapore :: South Africa :: United Kingdom :: United States of America :: for all other countries, see below

Albania


Algeria

Angola

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

An asterisk (*) denotes a movable holiday.

Azerbaijan

An asterisk (*) denotes a movable holiday.

Bahamas

Bangladesh

Note: The star marked dates may change subject to sighting of the moon.

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

2010 variable holidays:

2009 variable holidays:

2008 variable holidays:

British Virgin Islands

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Canada

Chile

China

Traditional holidays:

Holidays in the People's Republic of China:

Colombia

A more reliable, detailed, and up-to-date list of official non-working holidays, in Spanish, is to be found in Spanish-language Wikipedia Fiestas de Colombia.

Costa Rica

Croatia (Hrvatska)

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Egypt

In addition, the following holidays are reserved for observance by Copts, though are not national holidays:

Eritrea

Estonia

European Union

The European Union does not have official holiday days. These are under the control of member states. Europe Day, however, is recognised as the shared holiday celebrating the European Union. Europe Day is celebrated by some states on 9 May.

Fiji

Finland

 
Date English Name Local Name Remarks
1 January New Year's Day Uudenvuodenpäivä  
6 January Epiphany Loppiainen  
Moveable Friday Good Friday Pitkäperjantai The Friday before Easter Sunday
Moveable Sunday Easter Sunday Pääsiäinen  
Moveable Monday Easter Monday 2. pääsiäispäivä The day after Easter Sunday
1 May May Day Vappu  
25 June (Friday between 19 June and 25 June) Midsummer Eve Juhannusaatto Non official – however a de facto full holiday
26 June (Saturday between 20 June and 26 June) Midsummer Day Juhannus  
6 November (Saturday between 31 October and 6 November) All Saints' Day Pyhäinpäivä Moved from 1 November
6 December Independence Day Itsenäisyyspäivä  
24 December Christmas Eve Jouluaatto Non official – however a de facto full holiday
25 December Christmas Day Joulu  
26 December Boxing Day Tapaninpäivä  
All Sundays     Official holidays – names follow the Liturgical year

 

France

Georgia

Germany

All other holidays are regional. The following regional holidays affect more than half of the population of Germany:

Greece

Greenland

Gibraltar

Guatemala

In addition the local festivities are considered official holidays in the specific municipalities. Most holidays are patron saint's days.

Source, Guatemalan Labour Code, Guatemalan Official Holidays.

Haiti

Folk religion holidays are available on the Vodou page.

Honduras

Hong Kong

 

Hungary

India

The Union Government designates national holidays which are generally observed all over the country, although they are mandatory only for Union Government institutions. State governments generally specify additional holidays depending on their demographics. For example, Guru Nanak Jayanti is a holiday in the North Western states of Haryana and Punjab, and in Delhi, but it is not a holiday in other states and territories where there is no significant Sikh population.

Public holidays as specified by the Union Government (generally observed in the entire Union):

All for India .

India is a multicultural and multireligious society and celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions. In addition to national holidays, many states and regions have local festivals depending on religious and linguistic demographics.

Indonesia

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

If the Proposed Constitution is passed by referendum on 4 August 2010, the national holidays shall be (1) Madaraka Day on 1 June, (2) Mashujaa Day (in the sense of Veterans Day or Remembrance Day) on 20 October and (3) Jamhuri Day on 12 December. Parliament shall then enact legislation prescribing other public holidays.

When an official holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is an official holiday.

Kyrgyzstan

Lebanon

Liberia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

(All dates are for 2010)

Republic of Macedonia

Madagascar

Malaysia

 

Malta

public holidays

School Holidays

Mauritius

Mexico

public holidays

Religious holidays

Montenegro

public holidays

Myanmar

^ Based on Burmese calendar

Namibia

Nepal

because Nepal officially follows a different luni-solar calendar system for some holidays and another lunar calendar for religious holidays, the dates mentioned above are just approximate dates in AD calendar and actual dates can vary each year.

Netherlands

Other days

New Zealand

Pakistan

public holidays given according to Gregorian Calendar

public holidays given according to Hijri Calendar

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

(Most holidays are subject to "Holiday Economics" program; the non-working holiday is moved to the nearest Monday before or after the actual day. Changes to declaration of holidays are subject to government discretion.)

Fixed Holidays

"Drifting" Holidays (listed according to date as of 2008):

City Fiestas Cities and municipalities have City Fiestas in honor of the patron saint of the place and certain cities add the City Fiesta as one of their holidays in certain cities around the Philippines

Poland

(Note that there are also a number of days designated as national holidays, but which are not non-working days.)

Portugal

Puerto Rico

All the same national holidays of the U.S.A., plus:

Qatar

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Slavas:

Singapore

Public holidays

Other Holidays

Note

Slovenia

South Africa

Sri Lanka

15 January Tuesday Tamil Thai Pongal Day *†#
January Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day (6

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*†#
4 February Monday National Day *†#
February Navam Full Moon Poya Day (???? ???) *†#
6 March Thursday Maha Sivarathri Day *†
20 March Thursday Milad-Un-Nabi (Holy Prophet’s Birthday) *†
March Medin Full Moon Poya Day (?????? ???) *†#
21 March Friday Good Friday *†
12 April Saturday Day prior to Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day (??? ????????) *†#
13 April Sunday Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day (????? ????????) *†#
18 April Friday Additional Bank Holiday
April Bak Full Moon Poya Day (??? ???) *†#
1 May Thursday May Day *†#
May Wesak Full Moon Poya Day (????? ???) *†#
May Day following Wesak Full Moon Poya Day *†#
June Poson Full Moon Poya Day (?????? ???) *†#
July Esala Full Moon Poya Day (??? ???) *†#
August Nikini Full Moon Poya Day (?????? ???) *†#
September Binara Full Moon Poya Day (???? ???) *†#
1 October Wednesday Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day) *†
October Vap Full Moon Poya Day (??? ???) *†#
27 October Monday Deepavali Festival Day *†
November Il Full Moon Poya Day (??? ???) *†#
9 December Tuesday Id-Ul-Allah (Hadji Festival Day) *†
20 December Monday Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day (?????? ???) *†#
24 December Friday Christmas Eve *†#
25 December Saturday Christmas Day *†#

All full-moon days are Buddhist holidays referred to as Poya. The actual date on which a particular Poya day will fall changes every year.

Sudan

1 January – Independence Day

Suriname

National holydays:

Added by Jason en Wilfred 18-11-2010

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

References to lunar months below are to the Thai lunar calendar

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Source: Turkmenistan to the Heights of the Golden Age, Ashgabat, 2005, p. 44.

Uganda

Ukraine

Religious holidays are observed according to the Julian calendar, but the dates shown above are Gregorian.

When a public holiday falls on a day off (for example, Sunday), the following working day (often Monday) becomes a day off. For most Ukrainian employees, regular weekly days off are Saturday and Sunday.

If only one or only two working days are between a public holiday and another day off, then the Ukrainian Government may release a recommendation to avoid this gap by moving these working days onto a certain Saturday (that is to have uninterrupted vacations, but to compensate this by work on another day, which would be a day off otherwise). Such recommendations usually affect only those employees whose weekly days off are Saturday and Sunday.

United Kingdom and Crown dependencies

In Scotland, the holidays listed above are official bank holidays and may not be public holidays. public holidays are set by local authorities and therefore vary from place to place, although Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and 2 January and May Day are observed throughout the country. And in fact, banks in Scotland actually observe the English bank holidays, so Scottish bank holidays which differ from the English ones are of little practical importance. In Northern Ireland Easter Tuesday is treated as a public holiday in lieu of Good Friday.

An additional public holiday will take place on 29 April 2011 to celebrate the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton.

In 2012, as part of events intended to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the usual spring bank holiday on the last Monday of May is being moved to Monday 4th June and an extra bank holiday on Tuesday 5th June is being created. The government had agreed to grant an additional bank holiday to provide a focal point for the celebrations.

United States of America

The United States federal government designates national holidays (see below) for federal employees only. State and local governments generally observe these holidays as well as many State Holidays.

A basic list of holidays as seen on a 2010 calendar:

The federal holidays (which are days off from work for federal employees) are New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. The official list can be found here (http://www.opm.gov/Operating_Status_Schedules/fedhol/index.asp). These holidays are not necessarily days off from work for private sector workers. Most private sector businesses close for only the "Big 6" holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Many also close on the Friday after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday), which is not an official holiday, but is commonly granted to private sector workers. Some private businesses may also close for one or more other federal holidays (most commonly either Martin Luther King Day, or Presidents Day).

When a federal holiday falls on Sunday, most federal workers who work a Mon-Fri workweek will observe the holiday on Monday. When a federal holiday falls on Saturday, most federal workers who work a Mon-Fri workweek will observe the holiday on Friday. Workers who normally work on Saturday (such as mail carriers) will observe the holiday on Saturday; Friday will be a regular work day.

In state and local governments, and in the private sector, practices vary when a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday. In general, most states and private sector workers will observe a holiday that falls on Sunday on Monday. However, that is not universal. Some states and private sector workers will observe a Saturday holiday on Friday, but that is less common than observing the Sunday holidays on Monday. Occasionally, a state or private sector worker will observe a Saturday holiday on Monday, but that is even less common than Friday. Many state workers and private sector workers (in particular, employees at a bank normally closed on Saturdays) do not get any day off when a holiday falls on Saturday, and are "cheated" out of the holiday. Occasionally, a floating holiday may be given in lieu of a Saturday holiday.

Uzbekistan

Fixed date

Birthdays

Variable date

Uruguay

Vietnam

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Information on this page provided by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_holidays_by_country