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Paraguay Mid-Week Public Holidays Update

Source: ABC Digital (Asunción)
Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: February 4, 2022

Paraguay's Secretaría Nacional de Turismo (Senatur), Liz Crámer, has called on the government of Paraguay to follow the legislation that gives it a mandate to move mid-week non-working public holidays to adjoin a nearby weekend.

The aforementioned legislation is law 1723/01 (Que Autoriza Al Poder Ejecutivo A Trasladar Los Feriados Nacionales Al Dia Lunes) which was passed a decade ago (2001-06-29) and gives the President the authority to move certain mid-week public holidays to a nearby Monday.

The law stipulates that any such executive change should be announced at least 6 months in advance, and that the following public holidays are to remain always fixed: New Year, Independence Day, día de La Virgen de Caacupé, and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

But, despite regular calls for the executive to avail itself of that prerogative (2010-09-23 and 2008-07-26), the provisions of law 1723/01 have rarely been used.

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