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Guyana bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Guyana Public Holidays in 2017
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon New Year's Day Holiday
Feb.    Thu Republic Day (Mashramani / National Day)
Mar.    Sun Holi (Phagwah)
        Mon Holi Holiday
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Mon Easter Monday
May     Mon Labour Day
        Fri Arrival Day
        Fri Independence Day
July  3 Mon CARICOM Day
Aug.  1 Tue Emancipation Day
Sep.  1 Fri Eid-Ul-Azha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Oct. 18 Wed Deepavali (Festival of Lights)
Nov. 30 Thu Youman Nabi (The Prophet's Birthday)
Dec. 25 Mon Christmas Day
     26 Tue Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

21 Feb 2017 Guyana Public Holidays March 12-13 (Guyana Government Information Agency-GINA) The Ministry of Public Security of the government of Guyana has declared Sunday, March 12, 2017, as the date for the Phagwah annual public holiday of Guyana.  11 Nov 2016 Guyana 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Guyana Government Information Agency-GINA) The government of Guyana has announced its annual list of Guyanese bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Guyana for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  16 Oct 2016 Guyana 2016 Deepavali Public Holiday Announced (Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs-Georgetown) The government of Guyana's Minister Of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, has announced that the government of Guyana had gazetted Saturday, October 29, 2016, as the date of the upcoming Deepavali non-working public holiday in Guyana.  09 Mar 2016 Guyana Rules-Out March 18 Public Holiday (Guyana Government Information Agency-GINA) The Minister of Natural Resources of Guyana, Raphael Trotman, at a post-cabinet press briefing, announced that Friday, March18, 2016, the day designated for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) will not be a one-off non-working public holiday in Guyana, as was the case on previous electoral dates.  20 Dec 2015 Guyana Public Holiday December 24 (Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs-Georgetown) The government of Guyana has issued a "Notification Under The Public Holidays Act (CAP. 19:07)" in the Official Gazette (extraordinary) Of Guyana, whereby Thursday, December 24, 2015, is gazetted as an official non-working public holiday in Guyana on account of the upcoming Youman Nabi annual non-working public holiday of Guyana.  22 Nov 2015 Guyana 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Guyana Government Information Agency-GINA) The government of Guyana has announced its annual list of non-working public holidays in Guyana for the calendar year 2016.  19 Oct 2015 Guyana 2015 Deepavali Public Holiday Announced (Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs-Georgetown) The government of Guyana's Vice President And Minister Of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, has announced that the government of Guyana had gazetted Tuesday, November 10, 2015, as the date of the upcoming Deepavali non-working public holiday in Guyana.  20 Sep 2015 Guyana Public Holiday September 24 (Guyana Ministry of Home Affairs-Georgetown) The government of Guyana has issued a "Notification Under The Public Holidays Act (CAP. 19:07)" in the Official Gazette (extraordinary) Of Guyana, whereby Thursday, September 24, 2015, is gazetted as an official non-working public holiday in Guyana on account of the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha annual non-working public holiday of Guyana.  04 May 2015 Guyana Public Holiday May 11 (Guyana Government Information Agency-GINA) The Ministry of Home Affairs of Guyana, via the Minister of Home Affairs of Guyana, Clement J. Rohee, has finally announced that, as per Section 6 of the Public Holiday Act, Monday, May 11, 2015 had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Guyana in observance of the upcoming General and Regional Elections.  21 Jan 2015 Guyana Elections May 11 (Guyana Government Information Agency-GINA) The President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar, has announced that the next national parliamentary election would be held on Monday, May 11, 2015.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Guyana public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The law of record for the official public holidays in Guyana is chapter 19:07 of the Laws of Guyana, also known as the Public Holidays Act of 1919 otherwise known as the "Clementi structure” named for Sir Cecil Clementi, who administered the colony in 1919. After independence, a resolution on the holidays (Public Holidays Ordinance, Chapter 61), tabled by the member from Ruimveldt, L.F.S. Burnham on December 12, 1962, was actually implemented in the second half of 1964 and it was expected to be formalized in the year 1965, but it was postponed after the PPP lost the December 1964 PR elections. The 1919 Holidays Acts was thus finally changed only in 1967 through Ordinance no. 4 of 1967 (The 1967 Holiday Act) which specify the list of public holidays in clause 3(1). This was followed by The Holiday Act of 1969 which actually only amended the name of the February 23 public holiday. Section 4-(1) of the Holidays With Pay Act 1995 (Cap. 99:02) further refines the concept of what is a public holiday in Guyana.  Upcoming Changes: There is currently heated debate in Guyana about public holidays changes. Although two have just been added, namely Independence Day and Arrival Day, other changes are also being discussed. There is talk about no longer moving public holidays that fall on Sunday to the following Monday, removing Boxing Day and/or Caricom day, switching The Prophet's Birthday for Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan), or just adding the latter, as well as adding a public holiday to recognize the indigenous peoples. As soon as we are able to establish that official changes have been made, they will be integrated into the information that we provide to you.  There is often confusion about the actual dates of Muslim public holidays in Guyana., as there are 2 organisms that each, independently declare dates for the beginning of Muslim months; the Central Moon Sighting Committee of Guyana (CMSCG) and the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG). They often declare contradictory dates, and to add to the confusion, the government also declares a date somewhat independently of these 2 organisms .  Deepavali: The official use of the name Deepavali, would indicate that this public holiday is calculated based on the southern Indian calendrical method (as opposed to the name Diwali which would indicate a norther Indian calculation method). However, an analysis of the dates of this public holiday in past years, including 2008, indicates that the calculation method is the northern Indian method.  Guyana International Codes GY and GUY (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .gy (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Guyana information and news: Bank of Guyana (Guyana central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Guyana maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Guyana), and Wikipedia (includes Guyana commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Guyana, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Guyana, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Guyana.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Guyana that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Guyana were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42°N, longitude, 39.82°E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Guyana, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Guyana, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Guyana, before planning any trip to Guyana. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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