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Dominican Republic To Reconsider Moving Mid-Week Public Holidays
 
(Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009)

Source: Periódico 7 Días (Santo Domingo)

The Senate of the Dominican Republic is to consider a new bill, introduced by Senator Euclides Sánchez, that would put an end to the practice of moving some mid-week public holidays to adjoin the nearest weekend.

This practice dates from the 1997 law, named "Ley No. 139-97 mediante la cual los días feriados del calendario que coincidan con los días martes y miércoles, jueves o viernes serán trasladados de fecha" (19-Jun-1997).

As is often the case in Latin America, where this practice is common and referred to as the Emiliani Law (02-Oct-2005), the practice of moving mid-week public holidays is regularly and fiercely attacked (24-May-2008) by many who think that moving religious holidays is blaspheme, while the move of historical national holidays is unpatriotic.

One such attack, via the courts, recently resulted in the Dominican Republic's Supreme Court declaring as unconstitutional, the move of the August 16 Restoration Day public holiday to the following Monday, whenever it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (21-Feb-2008).

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• 2017-08-02: Dominican Republic Mulls Mid-Week Public Holidays Repeal
• 2012-09-06: Dominican Republic Public Holidays Amendment Update
• 2012-01-26: Dominican Republic Public Holidays Amendments Lapse
• 2011-04-01: Dominican Republic Senate Votes Public Holidays Amendments
• 2011-01-28: Dominican Republic Mid-Week Public Holidays Update
• 2010-06-18: Dominican Republic Mid-Week Public Holidays Update
• 2010-02-09: Dominican Republic Reconsidering Moveable Public Holidays
• 2009-11-23: Dominican Republic Confirms January 2010 Moved Public Holidays
• 2008-05-24: Dominican Republic To Consider Making Labour Day Public Holiday Non-Movable
• 2008-02-21: Dominican Republic Supreme Court Changes Restoration Day Holiday
• 2005-10-02: Colombia's Public Holidays Architect Dies At 91
• 1997-06-19: Dominican Republic Implements Movable Public Holidays


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