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Afghanistan Votes New National Holiday

Source: Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul)
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012

Afghanistan's Parliament has voted to make September 9 a new annual national holiday to honour Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated on September 9, 2001, two days before the 9/11 attacks on the US.

The last time a non-religious non-working public holiday was voted by Afghanistan's Parliament was in 2007 when the Afghan government, on the recommendation of the lower house of parliament, declared the 26th day of Dalwo (around February 15) as a new annual public holiday to commemorate the victory of Mujahidin against the invading Soviet troops in 1989.

Earlier (2004-01-07), the new constitution of Afghanistan had specified, in its Article 18, two new public holidays, Independence Day and Victory Day as annual non-working public holidays.

All the aforementioned non-working public holidays are set to occur on dates based on the Afghan calendar that was restored as the official calendar of Afghanistan, in 2002 (2002-02-07). It is not clear if the September 9 new annual national holiday to honour Ahmad Shah Massoud will be based on the Afghan or western calendar.

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