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Chile Approves New October 31 Public Holiday
(Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2008)

Source: Diario La Tribuna (Santiago)

After almost 2 years of tractations (see our post of November 10, 2006), at noon, yesterday, Chile's President, Michelle Bachelet, signed law 20.299 making October 31st a new annual public holiday to coincide with Reformation Day and to be called "Dํa Nacional de las Iglesias Evang้licas y Protestantes".

The bill's recent passage through the Senate (16-Sep-2008) added the "y Protestantes" to the name of the holiday, and made it into a movable public holiday, in the event that it falls on a mid-week weekday.

There had been rumours (20-Sep-2008) that one of the other public holidays of Chile would be canceled to compensate this new public holiday, the October 12, Dํa de la Raza, often being mentioned as most likely to be the one that would be canceled. This was not amended to the present bill, to ensure its timely passage for 2008, but Chile's Minister of the Presidency, Jos้ Antonio Viera-Gallo, stated in an interview last Thursday, that Chileans would loose one public holiday starting in 2009. He mentioned the possibility of it being the October 12 public holiday, but he also mentioned that the June 29, Saints Peter and Paul, public holiday named after the patron saints of fishermen could also be a good candidate for cancellation.

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
• Chile bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
• Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (October 2008)
• Chile 2017 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
• Chile 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
• Chile 2019 bank holidays and public holidays
• Chile 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
• Chile 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
• 2017-01-02: Chilean 2018 Public Holidays Announced
• 2016-11-18: Peru Mulls October 31 Public Holiday
• 2016-01-12: Chilean 2017 Public Holidays Amended
• 2016-01-01: Chilean 2017 Public Holidays Announced
• 2015-01-03: Chilean 2016 Public Holidays Announced
• 2014-01-04: Chilean 2015 Public Holidays Announced
• 2010-07-31: Peru To Announce New Holiday On July 30
• 2009-10-08: Chilean Bill To Cancel October 12 Public Holiday
• 2008-11-11: Peru Bill Would Make October 31 A Public Holiday
• 2008-11-09: Chile Reported As Considering Canceling Catholic Public Holidays
• 2008-09-20: Chile's President Wants To Exchange October 12 And 31 Public Holidays
• 2008-09-16: Chile's Senate To Vote On New October 31 Public Holiday Bill

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