Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile)
A bill has been introduced in the Chilean Senate's Comisión de Gobierno Interior y Regionalización which would declare Monday, January 2, 2012, as a one-off public holiday to compensate the fact that the upcoming New Year's Day public holiday falls on a Sunday.
The aforementioned bill justifies the need for a January 2nd public holiday as (it claims that) it is a tradition for Chileans to go to the sea on New Year's Day to enjoy bonfires ("celebrar como se acostumbra en el caso del cambio de año, especialmente en lo que respecta a trasladarse al litoral para visitar a la familia y amigos y disfrutar de los fuegos artificiales frente al mar") and that the need to return home on the same day, without adequate rest, would be dangerous ("la falta del descanso adecuado posterior a la celebración puede resultar un peligro para el retorno de quienes se trasladan de regreso a sus respectivos hogares").
Apparently the Bill's author, Ricardo Rincón, was inspired by Ecuador's recent declaration of January 2, 2012, as a one-off public holiday (16-Dec-2011).
Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
• Chile bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
bank holidays and public holidays news updates (December 2011)
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Chile 2019 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Chile 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
Chile 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
Chile 2022 bank holidays and public holidays
• 2016-12-30: Chilean Public Holidays Amendments Gazetted
• 2016-12-21: Chilean January 2 Public Holiday Voted
• 2016-12-18: Chilean January 2 Public Holiday Reboot
• 2011-12-28: Chilean January 2 Public Holiday Ruled-Out
• 2011-12-16: Ecuador January 2 Public Holiday Announced