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Trinidad and Tobago Public Holiday October 13
 
(Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017)

Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal (Port of Spain)

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, has announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago would be given a one-off national non-working public holiday, on Friday, October 13, 2017, "in recognition of their contribution to the islands".

Ever since the passage, 20 years ago (16-Feb-1996), of Order No.32 establishing 2 new community public holidays (Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day on March 30 and Indian Arrival Day on May 30) other communities, such as the Orisa (10-Jul-2012) and the Carib/First Pepole (15-Oct-2013 and 02-Sep-2007), have repeatedly asked for new public holidays dedicated to their community.

Finally, last autumn (30-Oct-2016), the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, had announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago would be given a one-off national non-working public holiday, in 2017, in recognition of their contribution to Trinidad and Tobago, thus partially meeting a long-standing request of Trinidad and Tobago's Carib, aka. First Peoples.

At that time, although the First Peoples' requests have always involved the declaration of a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago on October 14, the Chief of Santa Rosa First Peoples Community, Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez, announced that he would prefer a holiday during the week, because a public holiday on a Saturday or Sunday is like a "semi-holiday", thus today's announced date of Friday, October 13, 2017, as a one-off national non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.

The aforementioned announcement of Friday, October 13, 2017, as a one-off national non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, is thus in addition to, and amends, the official list of Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and of non-working public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago for the calendar year 2017, as announced earlier this year (29-Dec-2016).

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Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (May 2017)
Trinidad and Tobago 2017 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Trinidad and Tobago 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Trinidad and Tobago 2019 bank holidays and public holidays
Trinidad and Tobago 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
Trinidad and Tobago 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
 2016-12-29: Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Public Holidays Announced
 2016-10-30: Trinidad and Tobago To Declare Carib Public Holiday Next Year
 2013-10-15: Trinidad and Tobago Carib Public Holiday
 2012-07-10: Trinidad and Tobago Sango Day Public Holiday Update
 2007-09-02: Trinidad and Tobago Considering Carib Community Public holiday
 1996-02-16: Trinidad and Tobago Declares 2 New Public Holidays


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