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Czech Senate Approves Good Friday Public Holiday

Source: Czech News Agency (ČTK Praha)
Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015


The Czech Senate had, in turn, voted a bill that would declare Good Friday as a new official annual non-working public holiday in the Czech Republic, beginning in 2016.

Yesterday's vote follows last month's (2015-10-24) approval by the Czech Lower House of that same long-standing bill to add Good Friday to the official list of annual non-working public holidays in the Czech Republic.

Almost a decade ago (2006-11-03), the Czech Senate had voted a bill that would have declared Good Friday an official non-working public holiday in the Czech Republic, but in the following years the consideration of this bill had systematically been postponed by the Czech Lower House (2010-04-08 and 2007-02-07).

But, last summer (2015-06-22), out of the blue, that long-stalled bill that would declare Good Friday as a new annual non-working public holiday in the Czech Republic, gained new momentum following its endorsement by Czech parliamentarians from almost all parties, including Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and his Finance Minister.

The aforementioned bill, will now need to be signed by the president of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, to become law.

It is expected that Czech President, Milos Zeman, will sign the aforementioned bill to make Good Friday a new annual non-working public holiday in the Czech Republic, beginning in 2016 (2015-11-05), as schoolchildren have the day off on Good Friday anyways, and Good Friday was a non-working public holiday in the former Czechoslovakia and was abolished only under the communist regime in 1951.


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