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Haiti 2013 Carnival Public Holidays Announced

Source: Communiqués de presse de la Présidence de la République d'Haïti (Port-au-Prince)
Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013


The Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti has announced that Haiti's President had issued an Executive Order declaring the afternoon of Monday, February 11, and all day Wednesday, February 13, 2013, as additional one-off non-working public holidays to coincide with this year's Carnival public holidays in Haiti.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, is already an annual non-working public holiday on account of the Haitian Mardi Gras (Carnival Tuesday), and usually the Monday afternoon before is also considered a half-day non-working public holiday in Haiti.

Three years ago (2010-02-14), the government of Haiti had canceled the Carnival celebrations following that year's recent earthquake (2010-02-10), and had not declared any additional non-working public holidays. The year after (2011-02-28), the Carnival celebrations were restored, but no additional non-working public holidays were declared in Haiti on either Carnival Monday, or Ash Wednesday.

But last year (2012-02-15), following the election of Michel Joseph Martelly as the new President of Haiti, public holidays were declared for the entire days of Monday, February 20, 2012, and Wednesday, February 22, 2012, to be observed as non-working public holidays for all sectors of the Haitian economy ("jours fériés pour l'administration publique, les écoles, le commerce et l'industrie").

President Martelly went further, last summer, declaring Monday and Tuesday, July 30-31, 2012, as additional one-off non-working public holidays to coincide with the upcoming Carnaval des Fleurs (2012-07-25), something that had not been done before.



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