Source:LETA News Agency (Riga)
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018
The bill which would cancel the annual May 1st public holiday of Latvia in exchange for the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday, on November 11, was passed today in a second, non-final, vote of the Seima.
Earlier this month (2018-05-02), we had reported that a bill had been introduced in the Saeima which would cancel the annual May 1st public holiday of Latvia in exchange for the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday, on November 11, the day when Latvia traditionally remembers its fallen soldiers, and one week before the November 18 annual Independence Day public holiday of Latvia.
Over the years, there have been many repeated calls for Orthodox public holidays by Latvia's large and vocal Russian community (2018-03-08, 2012-03-02, 2012-02-25, 2011-12-01, 2009-02-13, 2009-02-05, 2003-12-24, 2003-01-16, and 2002-12-20) and a second reading of just such a bill, which would make Orthodox Christmas a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia, is set to occur by October 5, 2018, or the last day before the upcoming elections.
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Latvia May 1 Public Holiday Swap Update" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.