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Colombia's Public Holidays Architect Dies At 91

Source: Radio Caracol
Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2005
Most recent follow-up news item: December 5, 2021

Raimundo Emiliani Román, the originator of the Ley Emiliani, the rule used in Colombia, and many other Latin American countries, to move public holidays that fall in the middle of the week, died in Bogotá, at the age of 91.

The so-called Emiliani Law (Ley 51 de 1983 (Diciembre 6), "Por la cual se traslada el descanso remunerado de algunos días festivos") determines that most (but not all) public holidays in Colombia move to the next Monday whenever the official date occurs on a day other than a Monday, so as not to break the work weeks in half.

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