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Argentina June 29 Public Holiday Confusion

Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 27, 2018


Over the past couple of days, various news media in Argentina, have either announced a new one-off non-working public holiday in Argentina on June 29, or ruled it out (it will, in fact not be a one-off non-working public holiday in Argentina).

The aforementioned confusion comes from last summer's passage (2014-05-20 and 2014-07-06) by Argentina's Lower House (Cámara de Diputados) of a bill introduced by Kirchnerite deputy Julio Solanas, which would have declared another one-off commemorative non-working public holiday on June 29, 2015, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the declaration of independence from foreign control ("200 años de la primera Declaración Independentista de la dominación extranjera").

The bill, however, moved to the Senate for approval, where it was defeated.

Such commemorative, one-off ("sólo sería feriado en el año XXXX en forma excepcional") non-working public holidays have become common in recent years.

• Monday, May 24, 2010, was declared a one-off (por única vez) non-working public holiday to coincide with Argentina's bicentennial (2010-05-04, 2010-03-31, 2010-03-11 and 2010-01-25).
• Monday, February 27, 2012, was declared a one-off public holiday in Argentina to commemorate the bicentennial of the creation and first pledge of allegiance to the national flag (2011-12-23, 2011-12-01, and 2011-07-27).
• Monday, September 24, 2012, was declared a one-off public holiday in Argentina to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Tucumán (2012-09-11, 2012-03-26, 2012-05-25, 2012-06-29, 2012-08-10, and 2012-09-06).
• Monday, January 31, 2013, was declared a one-off public holiday in Argentina to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the initial meeting of the Argentine Constituting Assembly (2013-01-15, 2012-12-20 and 2012-12-14, 2012-04-01, and 2012-11-04).
• Wednesday, February 20, 2013, was declared a one-off public holiday in Argentina to commemorate the "Día de la Batalla de Salta" (2013-01-09, 2012-11-30, 2012-11-22, and 2012-04-01).

All the above came to pass, despite a bill introduced in Argentina's lower house of Congress by MP Enrique Thomas which would limit the number of national non-working public holidays in Argentina to 15 in any given year (2012-03-26).



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