Source:O Globo (São Paulo)
Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, has signed into law the recently-approved bill making November 20 a new annual national holiday in Brazil, commemorating the "Dia Nacional de Zumbi e da Consciência Negra".
The aforementioned bill (Lei 12.519) was put on the Senate's Social Affairs Committee (BAC) roster last fall (2010-09-14), approved in commission last spring (2011-03-24), and approved by the full Brazilian Senate last month (2011-10-21).
In his last year in office (2009-11-22), Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, had promised that beginning in 2010, November 20th, Dia da Consciência Negra, would be a full-fledged national public holiday. thus giving additional momentum to the previous year's umpteenth bill purporting to make November 20 a national public holiday (2008-11-21), which President Lula had supported from the onset (2008-11-24), and which had been approved at the end of 2008 by Brazil's lower house of parliament's Comissão de Constituição e Justiça da Câmara dos Deputados (2008-12-02).
Note that November 20 was made a national commemoration by the "nº 10.639, de janeiro de 2003". The current law now makes November 20 a "feriado" but leaves it up to each municipality and state to decide whether to declare it as a non-working public holiday.
Currently, November 20 is already a non-working public holiday in around 300 of the main cities of Brazil, including São Paulo (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Campinas (SP), Marabá (PA) and Vilhena (RO).
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