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Chile Opts For September 20 Bicentennial Public Holiday

Source: La Segunda (Santiago)
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: July 7, 2010

Chile's President, Sebastián Piñera, has announced that he had sent a bill (Boletín 6919-06) to Chile's Congress to make Monday, September 20, 2010, a one-off public holiday in Chile, to compensate the fact that this year's 2-day annual Independence public holidays fall on a Saturday and a Sunday.

Sources in the Chilean executive have indicated that they expect a speedy and uneventful passage of the bill in Congress.

A year ago (2009-05-29), similar legislation was introduced (Boletín 6483-17) that would have made both Friday, September 17, and Monday, September 20, 2010, one-off public holidays, based on the fact that, in 2010, Chile will be celebrating its bicentennial, and that this year's fiestas patrias (September 18-19) fall on a Saturday and a Sunday.

As an interesting aside, 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.

Finally, note that neighboring Argentina has declared Monday, May 24, 2010, a one-off (por única vez) non-working public holiday to coincide with Argentina's bicentennial (2010-05-04).

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