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Paraguay May and June 2013 Public Holidays

Source: Presidencia de la República del Paraguay (Asunción)
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: May 3, 2022

The Paraguayan head of presidential decrees, Edgar Rodas, has released a communique confirming the dates of the Paraguayan public holidays in May and June 2013, in particular those whose observance will change in 2013.

As per Edgar Rodas, the May 14-15 annual public holidays (2012-04-12) are immovable ("son inamovibles, por una cuestión legislativa") but the Día de la Paz del Chaco public holiday will be moved to June 10 in 2013 ("para este año solo el feriado móvil rige para el 1 de marzo y el 12 de junio").

The aforementioned announcement is in line with the major changes to Paraguay public holidays of last summer (2012-08-03), and re-confirmed earlier this year (2013-01-03), when Paraguay's president, Federico Franco, issued an executive decree agreeing to the proposal by Paraguay's Senatur, to avail himself of the powers given to the presidency a decade ago, and move some of the 2013 mid-week public holidays to a nearby Monday.

The Decreto presidencial N° 9393 finally implemented the Ley 1723 del 29 de junio de 2001 (Que Autoriza Al Poder Ejecutivo A Trasladar Los Feriados Nacionales Al Dia Lunes) which gives the president of Paraguay the authority to move any, or all, mid-week public holidays to a nearby Monday (except New Year, Independence Day, día de La Virgen de Caacupé, and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday).

Despite its passage over a decade ago (2001-06-29), and regular calls for the executive to avail itself of its prerogative (2010-09-23 and 2008-07-26), the provisions of law 1723/01 have rarely been used. However, last summer (2012-07-24), a renewed call to action by Paraguay's Secretaría Nacional de Turismo (Senatur), Liz Crámer, seems to have finally prodded the executive into action.

The Decreto presidencial N° 9393 only mentioned the moving of 2 public holidays in 2013; that of March 1st (Día de los Héroes de la Patria) and that of June 12 (Día de la Paz del Chaco). The request by the Senatur also included the September 29 public holiday, added to the list of Paraguay's public holidays a year before Ley 1723 (2000-09-28), but as that public holiday falls on a Sunday in 2013, it would have remained unmoved anyways.

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