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Honduras' National Congress has approved, by a vote of 36-8, a draft decree (proyecto de decreto) which would move this year's 3 annual October public holidays to the 3 dates when Honduras' national football team is scheduled to play in the upcoming June FIFA World Cup.
This draft decree was presented by PN deputy Juan Fernando Lobo, at the behest of the President of the National Congress, Juan Orlando Hernández, and would move this year's October public holidays (currently scheduled for October 3, 18 and 25) to June 16, 21, and 25, 2010, which correspond to the scheduled dates when Honduras will play against Chile, Spain, and Switzerland, respectively.
The decree, which consists of a unique article (ARTÍCULO 1.-"Trasladar los feriados nacionales establecidos en el calendario cívico para el mes de Octubre, a los días 16, 21 y 25 de Junio, esto en ocasión de celebrarse en el mes de junio el Mundial de Sudafrica 2010"), must be signed by the President of Honduras to become effective.
Last year (2009-10-14), Honduras' previous President, Roberto Micheletti, declared Thursday, October 15, 2009, a one-off public holiday to celebrate today's national football team qualification for this year's World Cup in South Africa.
Earlier that same year (2009-04-03), the Government of Honduras added one day to the annual 9-day Holy Week public holidays given to the public sector, to mark the "triumph" of the Honduras football team against Mexico.
Finally, in related public holidays news, recall that Honduras' legislative assembly (Cámara Legislativa) is currently considering a bill that would move many of Honduras' official public holidays to always occur on a Monday, starting on July 1st, 2010 (2010-04-24).
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