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Guatemala Declares November 2 Public Holiday

Source: Diario de Centro América (Diario público de Guatemala)
Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2015


The Government of Guatemala, in an abrupt about-face, released the "Acuerdo Gubernativo 223-2015, del 30 de octubre" which declares Monday, November 2, 2015, as a day in lieu non-working public sector holiday and bank holiday in Guatemala, on account of the upcoming "Día de Todos los Santos" annual public holiday, falling on a Sunday in 2015.

Recall that yesterday (2015-10-30), the Guatemalan Ministry of Labour had clearly stated that Monday, November 2, 2015, would not be declared as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Guatemala on account of the upcoming "Día de Todos los Santos" annual public holiday, falling on a Sunday in 2015.

Referring itself to the "Decreto 42-2010 del Congreso de la República" (2010-11-16), the Guatemalan Ministry of Labour had pointed-out that the "Día de Todos los Santos" annual non-working public holiday in Guatemala only moves if it occurs during the week, but that it remains on its set date if it falls on the weekend ("cuando el día de asueto recaiga en día martes se gozará el día lunes anterior; si recae en día miércoles o jueves, se gozará el día viernes inmediato; si el mismo recayese en día sábado o domingo, no se modificará"), though there have been some exceptions to that rule in the past (2014-10-29).

However, later in the day, the "Acuerdo Gubernativo 223-2015, del 30 de octubre" was released declaring Monday, November 2, 2015, as a day in lieu non-working public sector holiday and bank holiday in Guatemala, to allow people to return to their place of work from a Sunday visit to their families ("las tradiciones de la conmemoración del Día de Todos los Santos durante el 1 de noviembre de cada año, motivan el traslado de gran cantidad de guatemaltecos a sus lugares de origen para visitar los cementerios de sus localidades y honrar a sus antepasados").



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