IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Government offices will close in India, Singapore and a number of other countries this week to celebrate the Hindu holiday of Diwali.
What does the change mean? Employers and foreign nationals who need government services should prepare for holiday-related delays.
Background: Diwali, also called Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, among other countries. Closure dates vary from country to country and, in some cases, may be prolonged. Argentine consulates in India, for example, were closed Monday for an Argentine holiday honoring cultural diversity and will close Thursday and Friday for Diwali. A statement from the consulate general of Argentina in Mumbai said those in need of services should expect delays.
BAL Analysis: Holiday delays may have a minor impact on business schedules. Companies and foreign employees should check with their BAL attorney or local officials on the dates of office closures.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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