The aforementioned draft version of its new Labor Law of Cuba now specifies that both Christmas Day and Good Friday are official non-working public holidays in Cuba.
Following the 1998 visit to Cuba of former Pope John-Paul II, Christmas was restored as a non-working public holiday in Cuba (1998-12-02).
Then, last year (2012-03-31), Cuba's Council of Ministers issued a communique indicating that, as recently requested by Pope Benedict XVI (2012-03-28), it had decided to declare Friday, April 6, 2012, the date of the upcoming Good Friday holiday, as a one-off non-working public holiday (receso laboral) in Cuba. This one-off public holiday in Cuba, for Good Friday, was repeated this year (2013-03-18).
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