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Brazilian Senate Approves November 20 Public Holiday

Source: Portal de Notícias do Senado Federal (Brasilia)
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011
Most recent follow-up news item: December 12, 2017

The Brazilian Senate has formally approved the declaration of November 20 as a new annual non-working public holiday called the Dia da Consciência Negra.

The aforementioned bill to make November 20 a new public holiday in Brazil, was put on the Senate's Social Affairs Committee (BAC) roster last fall (2010-09-14) and then approved in commission last spring (2011-03-24).

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).

The only step left for the current bill to become law, is the signature of Brazil's President, Dilma Roussef. If she does sign the declaration of the Dia da Consciência Negra on November 20 as a new annual non-working public holiday, then the question remains if the change will be applicable in 2011, although the point is somewhat moot as November 20 falls on a Sunday in 2011.

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