Business holidays in your country
Thread poster: Edward Potter

Edward Potter  Identity Verified
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Jun 21, 2004

I think it would be of great use for the people of Proz in different countries to provide a list of the holidays when people generally are not available to do work. With a good list we would have a general idea of when people are/are not available. I will start with the good ole U.S.A.:

Jan 1 (New Year's Day)
3rd Monday in Jan (Martin Luther King's Birthday)
3rd Monday in Feb(President's Day)
Last Monday in May (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independence Day)
1st Monday in Sep (Labor Day)
2nd Monday in Oct (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
4th Thurday in November(Thanksgiving)
Dec 25 Christmas

Inaguration Day is held every 4 years on Jan. 20. It will be held in 2005.

The rest (St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween, New Year's Eve, etc.) are only observed or fall on a weekend (e.g. Easter Sunday).


Els Hoefman  Identity Verified
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Link Jun 21, 2004

Here's a good link to look up business holidays in many countries:


Susana Galilea  Identity Verified
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so long, Epiphany... Jun 21, 2004

Edward Potter wrote:
The rest (St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween, New Year's Eve, etc.) are only observed or fall on a weekend (e.g. Easter Sunday).

Yes, and no "Reyes Magos" for usicon_cry.gif


Ballistic  Identity Verified
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Microsoft Office Download of Business Holidays Jun 22, 2004

Take a look at this, Edward. I believe that this will answer your question.

Above link leads you to the download of Dutch and Belgian holidays from 2003 up to 2007. Simply import it into MS Outlook.


Madeleine van Zanten
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available Jun 22, 2004

Dear Edward - Most of us are available 7 days a week, 365 days a year..we're freelancers which means that we have no holidays


Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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Holidays in Brazil Jun 24, 2004

First of all, I would like to say that as a professional free-lance translator I have no holidays, am available 365 days a year (366 in a Leap Year), 24 hours a day. On one occasion I worked on a SUNDAY from 10 am to 11 pm.

Well, Brazil is one of the countries with most holidays in the world, and to make things even more complicated there are local holidays and State holidays as well.

The National Holidays in this country are:

New Year's Day
Carnaval (4 days in February or March when everything stops - to find out when Carnaval is, just look for Ash Wednesday, Carnaval consists of the 4 days immediately preceding it)
Good Friday
Tiradentes (a Brazilian hero - 21 April)
Labour Day (1 May)
Corpus Christi
Independence Day (7 September)
Our Lady of Aparecida Day (12 October - she is the patron saint of Brazil)
All Souls Day (Finados - 2 November)
Proclamation of the Republic (15 November)
Christmas Day - 25 December

As said before, there are several regional holidays, some of which are:

- In each city, the foundation of the city is a local holiday (São Paulo 25 January, Marília 4 April, Rio de Janeiro 20 January and so forth).
- In São Paulo State, there is a holiday on 9 July (Constitutionalist Soldier Day), in memory of the heroes of the 1932 Revolution (MMDC - four Brazilians who died in action)
- When there is an election, election day is a holiday.
- If there is a holiday on a Thursday, a lot of (but not all) companies take the Friday off as well, making a long weekend.
- Not much happens on New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve and the week immediately following Carnaval (Ash Wednesday to the Friday).
- In Bahia, most of the time between Christmas and Carnaval is like a holiday, with great singers like Daniela Mercury and Ivete Sangalo rapping out lively Bahian music, what would you expect?


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