Guatemalan Government Announces October 21 Public Holiday
Source:Diario de Centro América (Diario público de Guatemala)
Posted: Friday, October 18, 2019 Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2019
The Guatemalan Government has once again confirmed that the Decreto 19-2018, gazetted last October, means that the upcoming October 20, Revolution Anniversary, annual public holiday of Guatemala, will be moved to Monday, October 21, 2019 ("El Gobierno de Guatemala confía que el descanso incentive el turismo interno, como concibe el decreto aludido").
Last year (2018-08-09), the Guatemalan Government had submitted for accelerated consideration a Law of Internal Tourism which, in its final form, mandates that when the May 1st, June 30th and October 20th, public holidays fall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays, they should be moved to the working day immediately before or after the weekend, and this bill was approved by the Guatemalan Assembly, and gazetted shortly afterward (2018-09-26 and 2018-10-11).
The aforementioned Decreto 19-2018 is similar to the terms of the DECRETO NÚMERO 42-2010 ("Ley que promueve el Turismo Interno") (2010-11-16 and 2010-05-13), passed in 2010, which mandated that fixed-date public holidays falling on a Tuesday be moved to the previous Monday, while those falling on a Wednesday or Thursday, were moved to the following Friday ("los feriados que caigan martes se gozarán un día antes, y los que caigan miércoles o jueves pasarán al viernes"), with the exception that the 2010 decree does not cover weekend public holidays which remained unchanged ("los de sábado y domingo no cambian") (2010-11-16, 2010-05-13, 2009-01-21).
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