Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Progresses In Lower House
Source:Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José)
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 Updated: Saturday, December 28, 2019
The bill 21.137, which was introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly, late last year, to declare December 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, in exchange for the October 12 public holiday of Costa Rica being canceled, has received approval from the lower house's committee for science technology and education, and now moves to the floor for debate.
Four years ago (2014-07-31), bill 19 230 (Celebración Del 1º De Diciembre Como “Día De La Abolición Del Ejército, Neutralidad En Conflictos Y Promoción De La Paz Entre Las Naciones”) was introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly, aiming to declare December 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to commemorate the centenary of Costa Rica's neutrality. But, later that same year (2014-11-28), Costa Rica's Minister of Labour, Harold Villegas, stated that that bill would likely pass, but not in time for 2014. Since then, the bill to declare December 1 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica has languished, and a new bill to that effect was introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly, last September (2016-09-19), with amendments to exchange it for the October 12, Día de Encuentro de Culturas, annual non-working public holiday of Costa Rica, which legislators on the left qualify as a day not worth celebrating ("no debería celebrarse, ni mucho menos ser feriado") inasmuch as the "encounter" of said cultures was nothing but ("ese 12 de octubre es un eufemismo hablar de encuentro de culturas, ahí lo que se dio fue el aplastamiento de una cultura sobre otra").
Two years ago (2017-01-18), the Committee on Social Affairs of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has finally rejected last year's bill introduced by MPs from the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) and the Frente Amplio (FA) which would have declared December 1st, the anniversary of the abolition of the army, as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, to replace the October 12, celebration meeting of cultures annual public holiday of Costa Rica.
Then, most recently (2018-12-08), the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, expressed his support for the aforementioned re-introduced bill which would similarly declare a new annual public holiday in Costa Rica on December 1, as the Day of the Abolition of the Army (Día de la Abolición del Ejército).
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