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Grenada 2013 Carnival Public Holidays Clarification

Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada (St George's)
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Prime Minister of Grenada, Tillman Thomas, has issued a communique explaining that, although the dates of the upcoming Carriacou Carnival 2013 could not be made non-working public holidays in 2013 in Grenada, all government offices and schools in Carriacou, would remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, February 11 and 12, 2013.

As per the aforementioned Government Communique, "due to the impending general elections scheduled for 19th February 2013, it will not be possible to grant/declare a bank holiday on the dates associated with Carriacou Carnival, as was done in the last few years".

Three years ago (2010-02-03), Grenada's Prime Minister, the same Tillman Thomas, had finally declared a new regional public holiday for the Carriacou Carnival, in the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, which celebrate Carnival during the pre-Lent period, on a different date than the rest of Grenada which observes Carnival in August (2012-11-28).

Originally, the Carriacou Carnival regional public holiday only lasted one day, the first day of Carnival. Then, last year (2012-02-01), Grenada's Prime Minister declared the second day of the Carriacou Carnival also as a non-working regional public holiday.

However, this year, due to the upcoming elections, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas explains that as per the "Representation of the People's Act" there must be a minimum number of working days between the date when an election is called and the date of that election. Declaring 2 non-working public holidays for Carnival would bring this number of working days below the legal limit.

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