Holidays and observances on November 25

  • Evacuation Day (19th century New York City)

Following the American Revolutionary War, Evacuation Day on November 25, marks the day in 1783 when the last vestige of British authority in the United States — its troops in the new free and independentState of New York — departed from New York Town on Manhattan Island. After this British Armyevacuation, General George Washington triumphantly led the Continental Army from his former headquarters, north of the city, across the Harlem River south down Manhattan through the town to The Battery at the foot of Broadway. The last shot of the war was reported to be fired on this day, as a British gunner fired a cannon at jeering crowds gathered on the shore of Staten Island, as his ship passed through The Narrows at the mouth of New York Harbor. (The shot fell well short of the shore.)

  • Independence Day (Suriname), celebrates the independence of Suriname from the Netherlands in 1975.

Suriname was colonized by the British and the Dutch in the 17th century. In 1667 it was captured by the Dutch, who governed Suriname as Dutch Guiana until 1954. At that time it was designated as one of the constituent countries (Dutch:landen) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, next to the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles (dissolved in 2010). On 25 November 1975, the country of Suriname left the Kingdom of the Netherlands to become independent. A member of CARICOM, it is frequently considered a Caribbean country and has had frequent trade and cultural exchange with the Caribbean nations.

  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (International)

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134). The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. For 2014, the official Theme framed by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women, is Orange your Neighbourhood.

  • National Day (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnia-Herzegovina, abbreviated BiH, and in short often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe located on theBalkan Peninsula. Sarajevo is the capital[1] and largest city.[5] Bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina is almost landlocked, except for 20 kilometres (12 miles) of coastline on the Adriatic Sea surrounding the city of Neum.

  • Teachers’ Day or Hari Guru (Indonesia)

National Teachers’ Day is commemorated on the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers’ Association, the PGRI. National Teachers’ Day is not a holiday, but it is celebrated by having a ceremonial activity in recognition of certain teachers, headmasters and other school staff.

  • Vajiravudh Day (Thailand)

Public holidays in Thailand are regulated by the government, and most are observed by both the public and private sectors. There are usually sixteen public holidays in a year, but more may be declared by the Cabinet. The actual number of holidays for the individual is determined by the nature of the organization for which they work i.e. public, private, institutions governed by the Bank of Thailand, or state-owned enterprises (excluding financial institutions).[1]

On average, workers in the first three groups are entitled to fourteen holidays, while state-owned enterprise workers enjoy up to fifteen holidays (or more). If a holiday falls on a weekend, one following workday is observed as a compensatory holiday.[2] The Bank of Thailand regulates bank holidays, which differ slightly from those observed by the government. Other observances, both official and non-official, local and international, are observed to varying degrees throughout the country.


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