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Latvia Mulls May 1 Public Holiday Swap

Source: LETA News Agency (Riga)
Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A bill which has 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.

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