Source: Consejo de Ministros de Cuba (La Habana)
Cuba's Council of Ministers has issued a communique indicating that, as recently requested by Pope Benedict XVI, it had decided to declare Friday, April 6, 2012, the date of the upcoming Good Friday holiday, as a one-off non-working public holiday (receso laboral) in Cuba.
Earlier this week (28-Mar-2012), during his meeting with Cuban President, Raúl Castro, Pope Benedict XVI had requested that Good Friday be declared another annual non-working public holiday in Cuba.
The request was made at the end of a 3-day visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba, a visit which was accompanied by regional public holidays on each day (18-Mar-2012), and which echoes the 1998 visit to Cuba of former Pope John-Paul II, following which Christmas was restored as an annual official non-working public holiday (02-Dec-1998).
Note that, as per the aforementioned communique, the declaration of Friday, April 6, 2012, the date of the upcoming Good Friday as a non-working public holiday in Cuba is, for the moment limited to this year. The decision to declare Good Friday as an annual public holiday in Cuba will be considered separately and more formally ("La determinación definitiva de declarar festivo en la Isla el Viernes Santo... quedará en manos de los órganos superiores de la Nación").
However, one will recall that, in December 1997, a month before the Pope's visit, Christmas was also initially declared as a one-off exceptional public holiday ("la decisión tiene carácter excepcional") in Cuba (15-Dec-1997), before it was made into one of the permanent annual public holidays of Cuba the following year (02-Dec-1998).
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