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Poland Legislature To Consider September 17 Public Holiday

Source: Polskie Radio (Warsaw)
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Poland's Law and Justice opposition party (PiS) has filed a resolution in the lower house of parliament, calling for September 17 to be made a national public holiday, in commemoration of the 1939 invasion of Poland by Russia.

For its part, the Civic Platform government has introduced a counter-resolution, which calls for a commemoration of those who defended Poland against the Russian invasion, but without making September 17 a national public holiday.

If a new public holiday were to be declared, most observers would expect it to be a restoration of the Epiphany public holiday, canceled by the Communist party after WW2. An attempt was defeated last year (2008-10-17, 2008-09-22, and 2008-06-27), but the issue has never really gone away (2009-04-19).

Another possibility currently under consideration would be to make April 2, the date of Pope John-Paul II's death, a new annual public holiday (2009-04-07).

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