Source: LETA News Agency (Riga)
Members of the current Latvian governing coalition have introduced into the Saeima (Latvian parliament) yet another bill that would add an additional, "à la carte", public holiday in Latvia so that each inhabitant of Latvia may choose to observe the religious holiday most important to him/her.
The aforementioned bill is a re-hash of the bill shelved last spring (07-Mar-2012) when Latvian Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, announced that due to a lack of consensus within Latvia's current ruling coalition parties, further debate on the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia had been "postponed indefinitely".
Although the current bill's religious intent is generic, it is clearly the latest of many repeated calls for Orthodox public holidays by Latvia's large and vocal Russian community, over the years (02-Mar-2012, 25-Feb-2012, 01-Dec-2011, 13-Feb-2009, 05-Feb-2009, 24-Dec-2003, 16-Jan-2003, and 20-Dec-2002).
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• 2012-03-07: Latvian New Public Holidays Shelved
• 2012-03-02: Latvian Orthodox Public Holiday Rejected
• 2012-02-25: Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday Support
• 2011-12-01: Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Bill Rejected Again
• 2009-02-13: Latvia Fails To Pass Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Bill
• 2009-02-05: Latvia's Parliament Moves Orthodox Public Holidays To Final Reading
• 2003-12-24: Latvia Could Declare Orthodox Chistmas Public Holidays
• 2003-01-16: Latvia's Parliament Rejects Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday
• 2002-12-20: Latvia's President Recommends Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday