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Spain Amends Ceuta Public Holidays

Source: Diario Ceuta (Ceuta)
Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Updated: Saturday, September 14, 2019


The regional legislative assembly of Spain's autonomous region of Ceuta has approved the permanent replacement of the, September 2, Día de la Autonomía, public holiday by the Pascua Musulmana (Feast of Sacrifice).

Last year (2009-09-18), after some lengthy discussions (2009-09-15 and 2009-09-16), Ceuta approved the declaration of the Eid al-Adha (Pascua musulmana del sacrificio) as a regional public holiday.

In 2010, this additional public holiday was compensated by halting the tradition of declaring the Monday after a Sunday Assumption public holiday (as was the case in 2010). For 2011 and beyond, in compensation, the measure approved this week by the Comisión Especial de Cuentas would permanently cancel the September 2, Día de la Autonomía, public holiday.

Apparently the decision to cancel the September 2 public holiday was taken to avoid cancelling a Christian religious public holiday and to soothe feelings ("para no herir sensibilidades"). Note that the September 2 public holiday was created in 1995, in replacement of the March 19 San José public holiday.



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