The government has finalised its annual government holidays for 2016 with a total of 22 public holidays including newly introduced two days optional holiday on Chaitra 29 and Boishakh 2 of Bengali calendar for the ethnic community people.
On Chaitra 29, some ethnic communities including a section of mainstream population celebrate the day as "Chaitra Sankranti" while among the tribal community of the country , Boishak 2 is celebrated as :Boishabi Uthsab".
The cabinet on Monday approved the proposed list of government holidays in its regular weekly meeting held at Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing after the meeting, new Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the Public Administration Ministry placed the list of proposed government holidays after consultations with Bangla Academy, Religious Affairs Ministry and Meteorological Department.
According to the holiday calendar, there would be 14 public holidays in 2016. In addition, there would be another eight holidays, which would be observed on executive order from the government.
The Cabinet Secretary said the 14 general holidays will include four weekly holidays -- two Fridays and two Saturdays -- while out of the 8 (eight) holidays by executive order, there would be no weekly holidays.
Shafiul said apart from the 22 days government holidays, there will also be three-day optional holidays for various religious communities.