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Lebanon Declares February 14 Public Holiday

Source: Association des Banques du Liban (ABL)
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011

The government of Lebanon has declared Monday, February 14, 2011, as an additional public holiday and has ordered all public institutions and public and private teaching institutions to remain closed for the day.

The date of February 14, the anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has been declared a public holiday almost every year since his assassination (2007-02-13, 2008-02-09 and 2009-02-10), with February 14 falling on a Sunday in 2010. However, expecting this trend to last is risky, as a return to a pro-Syrian government would surely see the end of this public holiday.

Note that, as per the list of official 2011 Lebanese public holidays, published at the end of last year (2010-11-27), the day after the aforementioned one-off public holiday, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, is also a public holiday.

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