Mauritius Public Holidays Legislation Amendments Update
Source:Prime Minister's Office (Port-Louis)
Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Speaking in Mauritius' Parliament, during the second reading of the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill" (No. XIV of 2015), the caretaker Prime Minister of Mauritius, Xavier-Luc Duval, has flatly ruled-out the addition of 3 annual non-working public holidays, as suggested by the Labour MP, Shakeel Mohamed.
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, a couple of months ago (2015-09-18), Mauritius' Parliament 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 (now 3) new annual non-working public holidays in Mauritius.
The 3 additional public holidays in Mauritius would be: Easter Monday, Qurbani (the Feast of Sacrifice), and Holi.
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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