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Chile Votes 2020 Eclipse Public Holiday

Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile)
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019

The Chilean Chamber of Deputies has approved a draft resolution, declaring a regional holiday in La Araucanía on Monday, December 14, 2020, the date on which a solar eclipse will occur and will be best visible in the Chilean province of La Araucanía.

Earlier this month (2019-09-27), we had reported that Parliamentarians of La Araucanía had asked asked the Chilean Government to declare a one-off regional public holiday on Monday, December 14, 2020, in the Chilean province of La Araucanía.

In contrast, an earlier attempt (2019-04-16), for July 2, 2019, to be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Chile, on the day when a good part of the country was to experience a total solar eclipse, was rejected (2019-06-20).

The rapidity with which the declaration of an eclipse public holiday went to a vote, has annoyed the Mapuche community of Chile which has been waiting for years for We Tripantu, on June 24, to be declared an annual public holiday in Chile (2019-09-04, 2019-06-24, 2007-07-06, 2007-12-12 and 2009-10-08).

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