Source:Journal Officiel de la République Française (JORF)
Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The list of annual official non-working public holidays in Saint Barthélemy has been amended with the gazetting of the long-awaited addition of an October 9 annual public holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery.
The aforementioned "Décret n° 2012-553 du 23 avril 2012 modifiant le décret n° 83-1003 du 23 novembre 1983 relatif à la commémoration de l'abolition de l'esclavage" (JORF n°0098 du 25 avril 2012 page 7373) thus specifies an annual public holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Saint-Barthélemy, as had been requested, a few years ago (2008-11-21), by the Etats Généraux de l'Outre-Mer.
The amended "décret n° 83-1003 du 23 novembre 1983 relatif à la commémoration de l'abolition de l'esclavage" had established a specific annual public holiday for each of the French overseas territories (DOM/TOM), however, at that time, Saint-Barthélemy was part of Guadeloupe, and as such, the May 27 public holiday for Guadeloupe was the public holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in Saint Barthélemy (2007-07-16).
The reason for the choice of October 9 as the date of an annual public holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in Saint Barthélemy, is that Sweden (then ruling Saint Barthélemy) abolished slavery on October 9, 1847.
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