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Sint Maarten July 1st Public Holiday Likely This Year

Source: The Daily Herald (Philipsburg)
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2011
Updated: Friday, June 29, 2012

Sint Maarten Education and Culture Minister, Rhoda Arrindell, has announced that the draft law to make Emancipation Day, on July 1, into a new annual public holiday is expected to be sent to Parliament soon.

In the aforementioned announcement, Minister Arrindell stated that the draft law, after getting the green light from the Council of Ministers, was now in its final stages before being sent to Parliament, and that "Although the time is short, I am still optimistic that July 1, 2011 will be a national public holiday and already preparations have begun to officially celebrate it as such".

Last summer (2010-07-02), before the 10-10-10 breakup of the Netherlands Antilles, then leader of the Government of the Netherlands Antilles, Commissioner William Marlin, had been quoted as saying that after October 10th, St. Maarten would be able to make its own decisions, such as declaring Emancipation Day, on July 1, as a national public holiday, and adding that "By the grace of God, July 1, 2011, will be a public holiday in the new country St. Maarten".

Then, 2 months ago (2011-04-15), the Sint Maarten Council of Ministers signed off on a draft law to make Emancipation Day, on July 1, a new annual public holiday in Sint Maarten.

In this context, it is still unclear what will happen to the recently added, Kingdom Day public holiday(2008-05-09) which took effect in 2008. At the time, to compensate for this new public holiday, Antilles' Day (October 21) had been canceled.

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