Source:El Tiempo (Tegucigalpa)
Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: May 13, 2010
Honduras' legislative assembly (Cámara Legislativa) is considering a bill that would move many of Honduras' official public holidays to always occur on a Monday, starting on July 1st, 2010.
Some of the highlights of the bill proposed by deputy José Azcona Bocock:
• Moving the birthday of General Francisco Morazán from October 3 to the first Monday in October. • Moving the, October 12, Americas' Day public holiday to the second Monday in October. • Moving the, October 21, Armed Forces' Day public holiday to the fourth Monday in October. • In addition, the bill would move the April 14, fundación de la Unión Panamericana, public holiday to always occur on Holy Wednesday.
These 4 aforementioned public holidays share a troubled history.
The year after (2003-04-09), Honduras' President, Ricardo Maduro, signed into law Decreto 50-2003 which moves fixed date public holidays that fall mid-week to the following Monday (with some exceptions in the list of public holidays, and for 2003).
Two years later (2005-02-24), President Maduro, issued a decree moving, for 2005, the observance of the April 14, October 12 and October 21 public holidays to the first 3 days of the Semana Santa (the week before Easter).
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Honduras To Consider Public Holidays Review" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.