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Chilean Bill To Cancel October 12 Public Holiday

Source: La Tercera (Santiago)
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: June 17, 2021

A bill was introduced in Chile's Senate by senators Jaime Naranjo and Jaime Gazmuri, that would eliminate Chile's October 12 public holiday and replace it with a June 24 public holiday to coincide with the Mapuche Indian new year (We Tripantu) and to be called the "Día de los Pueblos Originarios".

The bill was contained in the Boletín 6730-06.

Recall that, ever since the addition of October 31 as a public holiday in Chile (2008-10-11), there had been rumours that either the October 12 or June 29 public holidays of Chile would be canceled in compensation (2008-09-20).

Coincidentally, on the same days as the aforementioned bill was introduced in Chile's Senate, Peru's plenary Congress passed the Proyecto de Ley N° 1706 which renames October 12 from Día de la Raza to Día de los Pueblos Originarios y del Diálogo Intercultural (2009-10-08).

Earlier this year (2009-06-18), the Government of Bolivia passed the Decreto Supremo Nº 173 declaring that the Indigenous New Year, on June 21, would henceforth be an annual public holiday in Bolivia.

A similar move that would have Matariki, or Maori New Year, a public holiday in New Zealand, was defeated last June (2009-06-23), though the parliamentarian drive for such a new public holiday remains active (2009-07-25).

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