Source: Communiqués de presse de la Présidence de la République d'Haïti (Port-au-Prince)
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 16, and all day Wednesday, February 18, 2015, as additional one-off non-working public holidays to coincide with this year's Carnival public holidays in Haiti.
Tuesday, February 17, 2012, 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.
Five years ago (14-Feb-2010), the government of Haiti had canceled the Carnival celebrations following that year's recent earthquake (10-Feb-2010), and had not declared any additional non-working public holidays. The year after (28-Feb-2011), the Carnival celebrations were restored, but no additional non-working public holidays were declared in Haiti on either Carnival Monday, or Ash Wednesday.
But following the election of Michel Joseph Martelly as the new President of Haiti (15-Feb-2012), public holidays were declared again for the 2 and a half Carnival days of February, as well as for the July Carnaval des Fleurs (25-Jul-2012), something that had not been done before.
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