Source:La Segunda (Santiago)
Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: September 5, 2021
The recently nominated executive secretary of Chile's Bicentennial committee, Julio Dittborn, has announced that his proposal for 2 additional public holidays to mark this year's Chilean bicentennial had the approval of many in Congress, as well as that of the new President of Chile.
A year ago (2009-05-29), a group of Chilean parliamentarians from the UDI, PPD, as well as some independents, introduced legislation (Boletín 6483-17) that would make Friday, September 17, and Monday, September 20, 2010, one-off public holidays in Chile, based on the fact that, in 2010, Chile will be celebrating its bicentennial, and that the year's 2-day annual fiestas patrias (September 18-19) falls on a Saturday and a Sunday.
In 1910, on the occasion of Chile's centenary, a similar bill was approved, declaring a 7-day period of public holidays, from September 16-22, instead of the 3-day period (18-20) that was customary back then.
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