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Banks only: calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 2 months






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CarnivalSunday February 12, 2017Banks only 
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Carnival (first day)Sunday February 12, 2017Banks only 
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Carnival TuesdayMonday February 13, 2017Banks only 
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Carnival*Monday February 13, 2017Banks only 
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Shrove TuesdayMonday February 13, 2017Banks only 
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Ash WednesdayTuesday February 14, 2017Banks only 
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Bituun*Wednesday February 15, 2017Banks only 
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President's Day**Sunday February 19, 2017Banks only 
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bank strikeSunday February 19, 2017Banks only 
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bank strikeMonday February 20, 2017Banks only 
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Opening of Peoples Majlis*Wednesday February 22, 2017Banks only 
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Banks remain open in JerusalemWednesday March 1, 2017Banks only 
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Banks are closed in JerusalemThursday March 2, 2017Banks only 
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American Citizenship DayThursday March 2, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedSaturday March 4, 2017Banks only 
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Womens' DayWednesday March 8, 2017Banks only 
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St Joseph's DaySunday March 19, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedSunday March 19, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedSaturday March 25, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedSunday March 26, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedMonday March 27, 2017Banks only 
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Holy WednesdayTuesday March 28, 2017Banks only 
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Bank Holiday (from 13:00)Tuesday March 28, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedTuesday March 28, 2017Banks only 
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Bank Holiday (from 13:00)**Wednesday March 29, 2017Banks only 
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Maundy ThursdayWednesday March 29, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedWednesday March 29, 2017Banks only 
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Good FridayThursday March 30, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedFriday March 31, 2017Banks only 
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banks close at 12:00Saturday April 1, 2017Banks only 
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Banks Inventory (except Bank of India)Sunday April 2, 2017Banks only 
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Banks Inventory DaySunday April 2, 2017Banks only 
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banks close at 12:00Sunday April 2, 2017Banks only 
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banks close at 12:00Monday April 3, 2017Banks only 
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banks close at 12:00Tuesday April 4, 2017Banks only 
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banks close at 12:00Wednesday April 5, 2017Banks only 
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Orthodox Easter Monday**Sunday April 9, 2017Banks only 
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Easter TuesdayMonday April 10, 2017Banks only 
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Civil Servants holiday*Sunday April 16, 2017Banks only 
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banks close at 12:00Tuesday April 18, 2017Banks only 
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Bank Holiday (from 13:00)*Tuesday April 25, 2017Banks only 
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Carnival (first day)Thursday April 27, 2017Banks only 
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Carnival (second day)Friday April 28, 2017Banks only 
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St Walpurgis (businesses & banks close earlier)*Sunday April 30, 2017Banks only 
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Day following VesakSunday April 30, 2017Banks only 
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Labour Day**Monday May 1, 2017Banks only 
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Children's DayThursday May 4, 2017Banks only 
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AscensionWednesday May 10, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedThursday May 11, 2017Banks only 
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Bank Holiday*Thursday May 11, 2017Banks only 
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Ascension (forwarded to Monday)Sunday May 14, 2017Banks only 
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Royal Plouging Ceremony*Sunday May 14, 2017Banks only 
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Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)*Tuesday May 16, 2017Banks only 
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banks close in the afternoon for one month*Tuesday May 16, 2017Banks only 
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banks close at 12:00Friday May 19, 2017Banks only 
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Battle of Las Piedras*Sunday May 21, 2017Banks only 
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Religious celebration (not a national holiday)**Thursday May 25, 2017Banks only 
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bank strikeTuesday May 30, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedTuesday May 30, 2017Banks only 
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bank strikeWednesday May 31, 2017Banks only 
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Corpus Christi*Sunday June 4, 2017Banks only 
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Bank Holiday (from 13:00)Wednesday June 14, 2017Banks only 
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Banks are closed in Muslim regionsThursday June 15, 2017Banks only 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Thursday June 15, 2017Banks only 
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Midsummer's Eve or Juhannus Aatto in Finland*Thursday June 22, 2017Banks only 
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Midsummer's Eve (banks only)*Thursday June 22, 2017Banks only 
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Juhannus Aatto (banks only)*Thursday June 22, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedSaturday July 1, 2017Banks only 
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St Peter & St Paul*Sunday July 2, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedSunday July 2, 2017Banks only 
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Liberation Day*Thursday July 20, 2017Banks only 
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Bank Holiday/Picnic Day*Sunday August 6, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedMonday August 14, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedWednesday August 16, 2017Banks only 
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Assumption*Sunday August 20, 2017Banks only 
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Bank Holiday (from 13:00)Sunday August 20, 2017Banks only 
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banks are closedWednesday August 23, 2017Banks only 
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St Barthelemy's DayThursday August 24, 2017Banks only 
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Summer Bank Holiday (banks only)Sunday August 27, 2017Banks only 
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Orthodox Assumption*Monday August 28, 2017Banks only 
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Carnival -
Monday February 12, 2018

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Carnival (first day) -
Monday February 12, 2018

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Carnival Tuesday -
Tuesday February 13, 2018

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Carnival -
Tuesday February 13, 2018

Banks only : During the 18th century, French farmers allowed slaves to act as if they were free. Costumes, soca and calypso music, election of Carnival's King and Queen.


Shrove Tuesday -
Tuesday February 13, 2018

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Ash Wednesday -
Wednesday February 14, 2018

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Bituun -
Thursday February 15, 2018

Banks only : The day before New Years Day is known as Bituun, meaning “to close down”. At the eve of the old year there is a celebration called Bituuleg. There is a big amount of “covered food”, where the meat is covered by for instance a layer of dough. Also the Ul Boov is created: a pile of ceremonial bread (boov) in an odd number of layers. Later traditional games can be played, and oral histories are told. It is said that at Bituun Baldanlham, a local god, is riding her mule during this time. She would be coming by three times so every family puts three pieces of ice on the top of the door of the ger, or on the balcony for people living in an apartment, for the mule to drink. http://mongoluls.net/tsagaansar.shtml


President's Day -
Monday February 19, 2018

Banks only : Commemorates the births of George Washington (22.2.1732) and Abraham Lincoln (12.2.1809). The memory of America’s first president, George Washington, was once celebrated on his birthday, February 22nd. The date was changed to the third Monday in February to create a three-day weekend Banks, post office and governement close, but businesses, more and more, remain open, as well as universities. These banks remain open: Chase Bank, TD Bank, Wells Fargo


Bank strike -
Monday February 19, 2018

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Bank strike -
Tuesday February 20, 2018

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Opening of Peoples Majlis -
Thursday February 22, 2018

Banks only : Unicameral legislative body of the Maldives. The Majlis has the authority to enact, amend and revise laws, except the constitution of the Maldives. Majlis is composed of 85 members. Each year, the Majlis is opened by the president of the Maldives. During the opening ceremony, the president outlines his policies and achievements in his presidential term. The annual budget of the state is also passed by the Majlis


Banks remain open in Jerusalem -
Thursday March 1, 2018

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Banks are closed in Jerusalem -
Friday March 2, 2018

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American Citizenship Day -
Saturday March 2, 2019

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Banks are closed -
Sunday March 4, 2018

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Womens' Day -
Friday March 8, 2019

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St Joseph's Day -
Monday March 19, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Monday March 19, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Sunday March 25, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Monday March 26, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Tuesday March 27, 2018

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Holy Wednesday -
Wednesday March 28, 2018

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Bank Holiday (from 13:00) -
Wednesday March 28, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Wednesday March 28, 2018

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Bank Holiday (from 13:00) -
Thursday March 29, 2018

Banks only : Commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist (Lord's Supper) celebrates and His washing of the disciples' feet Maundy Thursday is not an official public holiday. But since it is the day before long Friday, many people has their workday shortened, and banks are closed in the afternoon.


Maundy Thursday -
Thursday March 29, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Thursday March 29, 2018

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Good Friday -
Friday March 30, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Saturday March 31, 2018

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Banks close at 12:00 -
Sunday April 1, 2018

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Banks Inventory (except Bank of India) -
Monday April 2, 2018

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Banks Inventory Day -
Monday April 2, 2018

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Banks close at 12:00 -
Monday April 2, 2018

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Banks close at 12:00 -
Tuesday April 3, 2018

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Banks close at 12:00 -
Wednesday April 4, 2018

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Banks close at 12:00 -
Thursday April 5, 2018

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Orthodox Easter Monday -
Monday April 9, 2018

Banks only : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter(or Pascha).The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy.The Easter breads are a worldwide Orthodox tradition as well.This bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place:Midnight Office,Rush Procession,Matins & Divine Liturgy.After the service,the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home.The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days.One egg takes place before the Easter lunch.Each person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck.The traditional Orthodox Paschal greeting is: Christ is Risen! .The answer is: Indeed He is Risen . May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.


Easter Tuesday -
Tuesday April 10, 2018

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Civil Servants holiday -
Monday April 16, 2018

Banks only : José de Diego' birthday (April 16, 1866 – July 16, 1918), known as The Father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement , was a statesman, journalist, poet, lawyer, and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain and from the United States.


Banks close at 12:00 -
Wednesday April 18, 2018

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Bank Holiday (from 13:00) -
Wednesday April 25, 2018

Banks only : Flag Day


Carnival (first day) -
Friday April 27, 2018

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Carnival (second day) -
Saturday April 28, 2018

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St Walpurgis (businesses & banks close earlier) -
Monday April 30, 2018

Banks only : Both a Christian and pagan holiday. The day of the witches announces the arrival of spring.


Day following Vesak -
Monday April 30, 2018

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Labour Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

Banks only : Banks and most workers, but not public administration.


Children's Day -
Friday May 4, 2018

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Ascension -
Thursday May 10, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Friday May 11, 2018

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Bank Holiday -
Friday May 11, 2018

Banks only : From 2008 onwards


Ascension (forwarded to Monday) -
Monday May 14, 2018

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Royal Plouging Ceremony -
Monday May 14, 2018

Banks only : Royal Plouging Ceremony A government and bank holiday only, this ceremony revives an ancient blessing of the plants and ceremonial start to the new growing season. The action takes place on Bangkok's Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace.


Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Wednesday May 16, 2018

Banks only : Originally Ramadama is the name of the ninth month in the Arab world. It is, above all, a month of fasting. Fasting was not born with Islam. The abstaining from eating and drinking is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments, preceding the prophet Muhammad. Thus, in the Bible, it is mentioned that Queen Esther asked the Jews to fast for three days before asking her husband to spare the Jews. According to the New Testament, Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. Referring to this episode, Christianity has a fasting period of 40 days called Lent . Today, the fasting period of practicing Catholics lasts from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. The start of Ramadan generally depends on local observation of the moon crescent, but others choose the calculation of the new moon or the statement of Saudi Arabia to determine the start of the fasting period. The three main prohibitions of Ramadan are: eat, drink and have sex, It is possible to swallow one's own saliva, but not the water with which mouth was rinsed. Practitioners can go swimming or take a shower, as long as they do not swallow water. Alcohol-based perfume is prohibited. Nail biting is allowed as long as nails are clean. Dates fruit are recommended after breaking of the fast, provided they do not come from Israel. Travelers, pregnant or nursing or menstruating women are allowed to stop fasting. Practitioners usually gain weight during this period. Punishments are particularly heavy year Algeria, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Banks close in the afternoon for one month -
Wednesday May 16, 2018

Banks only : During the Ramadan period


Banks close at 12:00 -
Saturday May 19, 2018

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Battle of Las Piedras -
Monday May 21, 2018

Banks only : Uruguay and Brazil ended war in 1828


Religious celebration (not a national holiday) -
Friday May 25, 2018

Banks only : All Souls' Day only observed by the Orthodox community


Bank strike -
Wednesday May 30, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Wednesday May 30, 2018

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Bank strike -
Thursday May 31, 2018

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Corpus Christi -
Monday June 4, 2018

Banks only : Commemorates the Last supper. Pope Urban IV ordered the observance of such a feast in 1264, and in the following century it became universal in the Western Church. For six hundred years that feast was observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but in 1970 the new Roman Missal, while retaining that day for some countries, provided that in others the feast be observed on the Sunday after Trinity.


Bank Holiday (from 13:00) -
Thursday June 14, 2018

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Banks are closed in Muslim regions -
Friday June 15, 2018

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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday June 15, 2018

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Midsummer's Eve or Juhannus Aatto in Finland -
Friday June 22, 2018

Banks only : Banks may remain open half day


Midsummer's Eve (banks only) -
Friday June 22, 2018

Banks only : Some banks may remain open in the morning


Juhannus Aatto (banks only) -
Friday June 22, 2018

Banks only : Midsummer's eve


Banks are closed -
Sunday July 1, 2018

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St Peter & St Paul -
Monday July 2, 2018

Banks only : Christian holiday commemorating the date around 258, under the Valerian persecution, when what were believed to be the remains of the two apostles were both moved temporarily to prevent them from falling into the hands of the persecutors.


Banks are closed -
Monday July 2, 2018

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Liberation Day -
Friday July 20, 2018

Banks only : Liberation from the Japanese in 1944 by the US Armed Forces


Bank Holiday/Picnic Day -
Monday August 6, 2018

Banks only : It was originally declared a public holiday to enable Darwin's railway workers to go to Adelaide River for a picnic.


Banks are closed -
Tuesday August 14, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Thursday August 16, 2018

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Assumption -
Monday August 20, 2018

Banks only : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is the dogma so far defined by the Church. The definition was made by Pope Pius XII on 1st November 1950. The Pope proclaimed: We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.


Bank Holiday (from 13:00) -
Monday August 20, 2018

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Banks are closed -
Thursday August 23, 2018

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St Barthelemy's Day -
Friday August 24, 2018

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Summer Bank Holiday (banks only) -
Monday August 27, 2018

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Orthodox Assumption -
Tuesday August 28, 2018

Banks only : Golema Bogorodica (Dormition of the Holy Mother of God). Observed by the Orthodox community.