Brazilian Bill Would Change Carnival Public Holiday Date
Source:Câmara dos Deputados (Brasilia)
Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Brazilian House of Representatives is currently studying a bill which would set the Carnival public holiday to always occur on the first Tuesday of March.
The aforementioned Bill No. 1503/11, introduced by Stepan Nercessian (PPS-RJ), would remove the link between the date of the Carnival public holiday, and that of the Catholic calendar (Carnival is currently set to 47 days before Easter Sunday).
The author's bill argues that the tourism sector will benefit from fixing the date of Carnival in March, as carnival marks the end of tourist season and when it occurs in the first half of February, it brings the tourist season to an abrupt and premature end, spelling disaster for the tourism industry.
The Bill now goes to the Committees on Education and Culture, and Constitution and Justice and Citizenship, for further review.
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