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The Guatemalan Parliament (Congreso de la República) has passed in its final vote a law that amends the date of Guatemalan public holidays when they fall on a mid-week date.
The aforementioned law, published in the Guatemalan Gazette (Diario de Centro América), yesterday, mandates that fixed-date public holidays falling on a Tuesday be moved to the previous Monday, while those falling on a Wednesday or Thursday, are to be moved to the following Friday (los feriados que caigan martes se gozarán un día antes, y los que caigan miércoles o jueves pasarán al viernes). The date of fixed-date public holidays falling on a weekend are to remain unchanged (los de sábado y domingo no cambian).
However, as is often the case when moving mid-week public holidays in Latin America (1997-06-19), some public holidays are excluded from the mechanism. In fact, when the list of excluded public holidays is taken into account, it appears that the only public holiday concerned by the current revision is the June 30 Army Day public holiday (Día del Ejército), which in 2011 will thus be moved to Friday, July 1, 2011.
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