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Trinidad and Tobago To Declare Carib Public Holiday Next Year

Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal (Port of Spain)
Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Updated: Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, has announced that the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago will be given a one-off national non-working public holiday, in 2017, in recognition of their contribution to Trinidad and Tobago, thus partially meeting a long-standing request of Trinidad and Tobago's Carib, aka. First Peoples.

Ever since the passage, 20 years ago (1996-02-16), of Order #32 establishing 2 new community public holidays (Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day on March 30 and Indian Arrival Day on May 30) other communities, such as the Orisa (2012-07-10) and the Carib/First Pepole (2013-10-15 and 2007-09-02), have repeatedly asked for new public holidays dedicated to their community.

The First Peoples' request have always involved the declaration of a non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago on October 14, but following Prime Minister Rowley's announcement of last Thursday, the Chief of Santa Rosa First Peoples Community, Ricardo Bharath-Hernandez, pointed out that, next year, October 14 will fall on a Saturday, and that he would prefer a holiday during the week, because a public holiday on a Saturday or Sunday is like a "semi-holiday".

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