Taiwan Could Restore Children's Day Public Holiday In 2011
Source:Taiwan Central News Agency (Taipei)
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Taiwan's Interior Minister, Jiang Yi-Huah, has announced that Children's Day, on April 4, would be reinstated as a national public holiday in 2011.
The measure, still to be ratified by the Legislative Yuan, follows from last November's review meeting held by the MOI with related central and local government officials and business representatives (2009-11-05).
Children's Day was declared as a non-working public holiday by the Legislative Yuan in May of 1990. It was then combined with the Women's Day public holiday in 1993, and was then canceled in 2000 as part of the public holidays readjustments (2000-09-18) that followed the implementation of 2-day weekends in Taiwan (2000-06-20).
Note that, most of the time, the Children's Day public holiday will occur the day before the Ching Ming (Tomb Sweeping Day) public holiday. In 2011, in particular, the combination of the weekend and of these 2 public holidays will mean a 4-day weekend. From the minutes of the November 2009 review meeting, it appears clearly that no substitute, day in lieu, public holiday will be given if Children's Day falls on a weekend. However, no mention was made of what will happen when Tomb Sweeping day falls on April 4, rather than the usual April 5 (as will be the case in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2020).
Speaking in the Legislative Yuan, yesterday, Taiwan's Premier, Wu Den-Yih, went even further suggesting that his cabinet was ready to also restore the March 8, Women's Day, public holiday, as well as extend the practice of declaring a Monday public holiday following a weekend public holiday, to all public holidays (not only to the Lunar New Year public holidays as is the case presently).
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