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Bahamas 2011 Public Holidays Announced

Source: The Government of the Bahamas (Nassau)
Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Bahamas' Cabinet Office has issued a communique which lists the official Bahamas public holidays for the calendar year 2011.

The aforementioned communique retroactively confirms the status of Saturday, January 1st, 2011, as a regular working day (ie. not a public holiday), as was announced by the Bahamas' Cabinet Office, last summer (2010-06-05).

The communique also lists both the Christmas Day day in lieu public holiday, and the Boxing Day public holiday, as falling on Monday, December 26, 2011, as per the provisions of the most recent public holidays legislation (2002-09-09). The communique does, however leave the door open for a last-minute day in lieu public holiday announcement (Christmas Day Holiday will automatically be observed on Monday, 26th. As a result, it will be decided at a later date whether or not another day will be extended in lieu of Boxing Day), as was done 2 years ago (2009-11-21).

Finally, and quite unexpectedly, the official list of 2011 Bahamas public holidays lists the Discovery Day public holiday on Friday, October 14, 2011, rather than on Monday, October 10, 2011, as current legislation would have it. The communique does address the issue, albeit in a roundabout way only (Since the Discovery Day Holiday, 12th October, falls on a Wednesday, it will automatically be observed on the Friday).

The unchanged name of "Discovery Day", stems from the government's reluctance (2009-10-14 and 2007-09-28) to gazette the National Heroes Bill and the National Honours Bill, which were approved by both houses of Parliament, almost 4 years ago (2007-03-30).

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