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Spain Basque National Public Holiday Reborn

Source: Boletín Oficial del País Vasco (BOPV)
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015


The executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has announced that the yet to be released annual calendar of official regional public holidays ("calendario laboral") for the upcoming calendar year 2016 in Spain's Basque region, will include a new annual regional non-working public holiday in Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco, to mark on October 7, the anniversary of the first Basque government in Gernika.

Five years ago (2010-04-23), the parliament of Spain's Autonomous Region of País Vasco had approved the declaration of October 25 as the "Día del País Vasco" (Euskadiko Eguna) to commemorate the anniversary date of the Statute of Gernika in 1979, and to be observed as a regional non-working public holiday beginning in 2011.

Three years later (2013-06-08 and 2013-05-26) a bill was introduced in the Basque parliament aiming to replace the October 25 public holiday. However, the following month (2013-07-09), the executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco released its calendar of official regional public holidays ("Decreto 381/2013, de 9 de julio, de la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco/Euskadi, por el que se aprueba el Calendario Oficial de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Euskadi para el año 2014.") for the upcoming calendar year 2014, with the October 25, Día del País Vasco, public holiday maintained.

Later that same year (2013-11-16 and 2013-10-30), Spain's Basque Parliament approved a bill aiming to cancel, as soon as 2014, the October 25 annual non-working public holiday, but no date was set to replace October 25 (the anniversary of the Statute of Gernika). The date of December 3 (San Francisco Javier) had been widely circulated, but eventually (2013-12-12 and 2013-12-03) the executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has announced that it has finally decided on July 25 (Santiago Apóstol) as the date of the public holiday, in 2014 at least, to replace the canceled October 25 public holiday, although, in face of fierce opposition criticisms, the executive had stopped short of declaring July 25 as the new Basque National day ("sustituyendo el día 25 de octubre, Día del País Vasco-Euskadiko Eguna, por el día 25 de julio, festividad de Santiago Apóstol").



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