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The Council of Ministers of Mauritius has approved the list of the official public holidays dates for the calendar year 2010.
In the published list, 3 public holidays fall on a Saturday, and 3 public holidays fall on a Sunday.
The announcement specifies that the Eid ul-Fitr public holiday could also be moved to a Saturday date at the last moment, depending on the Moon visibility on the 29th day of the Islamic month of Ramadan.
However, according to our own calculations, a change of date for the Eid ul-Fitr public holiday in 2010 seems unlikely, on astronomical and observational grounds. For an observer in Port-Louis, Mauritius, when the Sun sets on September 9, 2010, the New Moon will be almost 28 hours old, and the Moon will not set until more than an hour after the Sun, thus providing a large enough crescent and angular separation.
For the second year in a row (2008-08-11), the date officially announced for the Ganesh Chathurthi public holiday is off by a day from that announced so far in other Hindu countries.
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