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The Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti announced that Haiti's President had issued a decree (arrêté publié dans le journal officiel Le Moniteur) declaring Monday afternoon, February 12, and Wednesday, February 14, 2018, as non-working public holidays in Haiti to coincide with the 2018 Carnival public holidays in Haiti, and most particularly Ash Wednesday.
Today's announcement ("le lundi 12 février est déclaré férié à partir de midi et le mardi 13 (mardi gras) et mercredi 14 février (mercredi des cendres) ont été déclarés fériés dans leur intégralité, aux fins des festivités du carnaval national ") mirrors similar ones made in past years (2017-02-23, 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 and 2017 Carnival public holidays in Haiti.
Eight 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).
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