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Cuban 2013 Public Holidays Amended

Source: Órgano Oficial del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba (Granma)
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: January 6, 2022

The Cuban government has amended the recently-released list of non-working public holidays in Cuba for the calendar year 2013, by adding a public holiday on the date of the upcoming Good Friday holiday, for the second year in a row.

Last year (2012-03-28), 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, a wish that had eventually been granted (2012-03-31).

Last year's declaration of Friday, April 6, 2012, the date of Good Friday as a non-working public holiday in Cuba was to be limited to this year, with a possible decision to declare Good Friday as an annual public holiday in Cuba to 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").

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 (1997-12-15), before it was made into one of the permanent annual public holidays of Cuba the following year (1998-12-02).

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