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Mauritius Mulls Public Holidays Legislation Amendments

Source: Prime Minister's Office (Port-Louis)
Posted on Friday, September 18, 2015


Mauritius' Parliament has passed the first reading of the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill" (No. XIV of 2015) which aims to revamp the list of official annual non-working public holidays in Mauritius and the rules that govern their observance, in particular by enshrining into law 2 new annual non-working public holidays in Mauritius.

After many years (2014-07-26, 2013-06-14, 2012-06-02 and 2011-09-14), when no new annual non-working public holidays were declared in Mauritius, the aforementioned communiqué includes 2 new annual non-working public holidays in Mauritius, one on February 1st, to commemorate the Abolition of Slavery, and one on November 2, to commemorate the Arrival of Indentured Laborers.

Although we do not expect the aforementioned bill to affect the current list of 2015 non-working public holidays in Mauritius (2014-07-26), if the amendments bill is passed, it should affect the annual list of official non-working public holidays in Mauritius for the upcoming calendar year 2016, as announced by the Cabinet of the Government of Mauritius, earlier this year (2015-06-14).

Recall that the annual list of official non-working public holidays in Mauritius for the upcoming calendar year 2016, as announced by the Cabinet of the Government of Mauritius, contained a new non-working public holiday for the Tamizh Puttaandu (Varusha Pirappu or Tamil New Year), but that, in exchange, there was to be no public holiday in 2016 in Mauritius for Thaipoosam Cavadee, as it falls on a Sunday in 2016. It remains to be seen if the change will be permanent, or if Tamizh Puttaandu will alternate every year with Thaipoosam Cavadee, as is already the case for the Assumption and All Saints annual non-working public holidays of Mauritius.


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