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Honduras October Public Holidays Amended Again

Source: El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa)
Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015


Late last night, Honduras' legislative assembly (Congreso Nacional), approved a bill which amends the "Decreto Legislativo No. 75-2014 del 29 de septiembre" which itself moves the 3 annual October public holidays of Honduras from the last week of October to the beginning of October, by giving it a unified name, "Semana Morazánica".

Before 2014, Honduras had 3 annual October non-working public holidays, on the 3rd, the 12th and the 21st, and over the years, the government of Honduras often tinkered with these 3 annual non-working public holidays (2013-10-03, 2013-09-24, 2012-10-06, 2012-10-01, 2011-09-30, 2003-04-09, 2008-10-25, 2007-10-03, 2006-10-02, and 2005-09-30).

Yesterday's bill amends the already-amended (2015-12-12) "Decreto Legislativo No. 75-2014 del 29 de septiembre", published in the Diario Oficial La Gaceta (2014-10-27, 2014-10-02, 2014-09-10 and 2014-09-05), which moved of all 3 of Honduras' annual October non-working public holidays to the last week of October.

But, a year later (2015-07-01), the president of Honduras' Chamber of Tourism (Cámara Nacional de Turismo de Honduras - Canaturh), Epaminondas Marinakys, requested a move of these end of October annual public holidays in Honduras, from the last week of October to earlier in the month, due to the rainy season coinciding with the end of October in Honduras, and a bill was later introduced into Honduras' legislative assembly (2015-08-05), to amend the "Decreto Legislativo No. 75-2014 del 29 de septiembre" and move the 3 annual October public holidays of Honduras from the last week of October to the beginning of October (2015-08-14).

That bill added to the weather consideration, the fact that this change would give people more time to "recover" financially from these extended holidays before the onset of the Christmas shopping season ("La intención este año es que el feriado de octubre ya no sea la última semana, sino el primer fin de semana, porque nos mostraron estadísticamente que el primer fin de semana llueve menos; las personas tienen más tiempo para recuperarse económicamente para los gastos de Navidad").

Note that, for the private sector, the Wednesday public holiday only starts at noon, to compensate the fact that the Honduras private sector usually works a half day on Saturdays, and that in the case of these new extended public holidays of Honduras, the Saturday will also be a full day off ("la empresa privada laborará el miércoles hasta el mediodía, porque como es conocido ellos trabajan el sábado y de esa forma no trabajarán esa mañana").


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