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Suriname Public Holidays Commission Report

Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname (Paramarimbo)
Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The chairman of the Commission on Suriname National Holidays, Marlon Powell, has submitted to President Desi Bouterse its long-awaited report on reducing the number of annual public holidays in Suriname.

Following the slate of new public holidays declared by the government of Suriname, in recent years (2011-01-27, 2010-11-24, 2010-11-13, 2010-10-30, and 2007-08-08), the Commission on Suriname National Holidays was setup to see how the number of public holidays could be reduced in Suriname.

The first part of the commission's work, the talks with various religious groups, was scheduled to end on March 21, 2012, but was mired in delays and for a while seemed permanently stalled (2012-02-29).

Some of the commission's recommendations are: a) the removal of Good Friday, Divali and Id-Ul-Adha from the list of Suriname national holidays, b) declaring the Monday that follows Emancipation Day and Independence Day as a public holiday, when these public holidays fall on a Sunday, and c) renaming the Independence Day public holiday into the National Day of Independence and Cultural Diversity.

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