Source:Communiqués de presse de la Présidence de la République d'Haïti (Port-au-Prince)
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti announced that Haiti's President had issued an Executive Order (arrêté présidentiel) declaring Wednesday, March 1, 2017, had been declared as another non-working public holidays in Haiti to coincide with the 2017 Carnival public holidays in Haiti, and most particularly Ash Wednesday.
Today's announcement ("Les journées des mardi 28 février 2017 et mercredi 1er mars 2017 sont déclarées « fériées et chômées » dans leur intégralité en Haïti, à l’occasion du carnaval national") mirrors a similar one made last year (2016-02-09 and 2016-02-08), in which the Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti declared another non-working public holidays in Haiti to coincide with the 2016 Carnival public holidays in Haiti, and most particularly Ash Wednesday.
Seven years ago (2010-02-14), the government of Haiti had canceled the Carnival celebrations following that year's recent earthquake (2010-02-10), and had not declared any additional non-working public holidays. The year after (2011-02-28), the Carnival celebrations were restored, but no additional non-working public holidays were declared in Haiti on either Carnival Monday, or Ash Wednesday.
But following the election of Michel Joseph Martelly as the new President of Haiti (2012-02-15), public holidays were declared again for the 2 and a half Carnival days of February, as well as for the July Carnaval des Fleurs (2012-07-25), something that had not been done before.
Since then the annual Carnival public holidays in Haiti have been extended or not from year to year (2015-02-09 and 2013-02-03).
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Haiti 2017 Carnival Public Holidays Extended" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.