The Federal Government vide gazette dated 29 July 2013 declared that Deepavali shall fall on Thursday, 23rd October 2014. However, vide gazette dated 6 December 2013, the date for Deepavali has been amended to Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 and not as previously gazetted. For employers who are observing Deepavali as a holiday this year, please take note of the change in date. As this is not one of the 5 compulsory holidays provided for in the Act, employers may, with the agreement of employees, request employees to work on the 22nd of October and instead grant another day as a substituted public holiday. Please note that in this case, employees consent is a pre-requisite for any substitution