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 un-patriotic.
One such attack, via the courts, recently resulted in the the Dominican Republic's Supreme Court declaring as un-constitutional, 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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