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Dominican Republic Reconsidering Moveable Public Holidays
 
(Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2010)

Source: El Nuevo Diario (Santo Domingo)

Dominican Republic legislator, Radhamés Castro (Partido Popular Cristiano), has introduced a bill that would put an end to the practice of moving mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday.

The practice of moving mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday 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), which was based on the so-called Emiliani Law (02-Oct-2005), and is regularly and fiercely attacked (22-Nov-2009 and 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, 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).

Today's announcement, though, uses a novel argument, that the practice of moving mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday promotes laziness (la ley [No. 139-97] promueve la vagancia). This argument is based on the recent Día de Reyes public holiday which was moved from Tuesday, January 6, 2010, to Monday, January 5, 2010. But deputy Castro claims that most people took both days, the Monday and the Tuesday, as public holidays anyways.

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• 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
• 2009-11-22: Dominican Republic To Reconsider Moving Mid-Week 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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