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Antigua and Barbuda Renames VC Bird Day Public Holiday
 
(Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005)

Source: Antigua Official Gazette (Vol. XXV No. 57)

Antigua and Barbuda's Governor-General, James B. Carlisle, has signed into law, the "Public, Holidays (Amendment) Act, 2005" (Law No. 8 of 2005, An Act to amend the Public Holidays Act Cap. 345).

The main purpose of the "Public, Holidays (Amendment) Act, 2005" seems to have been to make explicit the full schedule of public holidays for Antigua and Barbuda, as previous public holidays amendments bills of 2000 (28-Dec-2000), 2003 (01-Oct-2003), and 2004 (04-Mar-2004), has only listed incremental differences, referring to an evermore out of date "Schedule to the Public Holidays Act Cap. 354".

As such, the Public, Holidays (Amendment) Act, 2005 clarifies the status of the day after the first Monday of August, which had been declared a public holiday in 2000 (28-Dec-2000), but whose status had been left undefined following the erroneous wording of the 2004 public holidays amendment (04-Mar-2004). The new schedule now lists both the First Monday in August, and the Tuesday following the First Monday in August, under the name "Carnival Holiday".

The Public, Holidays (Amendment) Act, 2005 also changes the name of the December 9th, "Sir Vere Cornwall Bird (Snr.) Day", public holiday, created in 2004 by then ruling Antigua Labour Party (04-Mar-2004) to "National Heroes' Day".

Finally, the provision of the 2003 public holidays amendment relating to the January 1st public holiday (01-Oct-2003) are repealed and, henceforth, only when the first day of January falls on a Sunday will the following Monday be a public holiday.

The provision of the 2003 amendments relating to November 1st, however, remain unchanged. When the first day of November falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, then the following Monday is to be a public holiday.

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
Antigua and Barbuda bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (September 2005)
Antigua and Barbuda 2019 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Antigua and Barbuda 2020 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Antigua and Barbuda 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
Antigua and Barbuda 2022 bank holidays and public holidays
Antigua and Barbuda 2023 bank holidays and public holidays
 2015-10-30: Antigua and Barbuda Mulls New National Heroes Day Public Holiday
 2014-08-19: Antigua and Barbuda Public Holidays Amendments Act 2014
 2010-12-18: Antigua and Barbuda 2011 Year-End Public Holidays Clarified
 2009-12-07: Antigua and Barbuda 2010 Year-End Public Holidays Clarified
 2004-03-04: Antigua and Barbuda Public Holidays Amendments Act 2004
 2003-10-01: Antigua and Barbuda Public Holidays Amendments Act 2003
 2000-12-28: Antigua and Barbuda Public Holidays Amendment Gazetted


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