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Georgia Could Add More Ethnic Public Holidays

Source: The Georgian Times (Tbilisi)
Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: April 7, 2011

The press secretary for Georgia's president, Manana Manjgaladze, has announced that it was quite possible that holidays of various ethnic groups could also be declared as official non-working national public holidays in Georgia.

Georgia's President, Mikheil Saakashvili, had already made similar promises in the past (2005-03-21), and this most recent one follows last week's declaration of Nowruz, the Persian spring equinox festival, as a new annual public holiday in Georgia (2010-03-20), and today's official signing into law, by President Saakashvili, of that bill.

Interestingly, the Geogian President and his press secretary keep on referring to Nowruz as a "major religious holiday for muslims" despite the fact that Nowruz is in fact a Zoroastrian holiday, one of the few remaining Zoroastrian holidays (along with Parsi New Year, observed in parts of India) that have survived to this date. In fact the government of the current Islamic Republic of Iran has often, in the past, tried to abolish this public holiday which it deems to be "pagan" (2007-07-20).

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