Source: Integration and Minority Information Service (Riga)
Yesterday, the bill declaring Orthodox and Old Believers' Christmas as public holidays in Latvia was rejected in its third reading in the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament).
The amendment was passed in its second reading, earlier this month (05-Feb-2009), and hopes in the Russian minority of Latvia were high that it would pass this time, although similar bills were rejected at the 11th hour in the past (16-Jan-2003).
It is expected that the final reading of the draft amendments to the Law on Holidays, Remembrance and Celebration Days will grant the status of a celebration day to Orthodox Christmas.
Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
• Latvia bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
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Latvia 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Latvia 2019 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Latvia 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
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• 2018-03-08: Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Update
• 2012-12-09: Latvian Orthodox Public Holidays Redux
• 2012-03-07: Latvian New Public Holidays Shelved
• 2012-03-02: Latvian Orthodox Public Holiday Rejected
• 2012-02-25: Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday Support
• 2011-12-01: Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Bill Rejected Again
• 2009-02-05: Latvia's Parliament Moves Orthodox Public Holidays To Final Reading
• 2003-01-16: Latvia's Parliament Rejects Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday