Source:Communiqués de presse de la Présidence de la République d'Haïti (Port-au-Prince)
Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2019
The Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti announced that Haiti's President had issued a decree (arrêté publié dans le journal officiel Le Moniteur) declaring Monday afternoon, March 4, and Wednesday, Maqrch 5, 2019, as non-working public holidays in Haiti to coincide with the 2019 Carnival public holidays in Haiti, and most particularly Ash Wednesday.
Today's announcement ("le Secrétariat Général de la Présidence rappelle à l’attention des agents de la fonction publique et du secteur privé que l’Administration Publique, le Commerce, l’Industrie et les Écoles chômeront le lundi 4 mars 2019 à partir de midi et le mardi 5 mars, sur toute l’étendue du territoire national.") mirrors similar ones made in past years (2018-10-07, 2017-02-23, 2016-02-09 and 2016-02-08), in which the Office of Communication of the Presidency of Haiti declared another non-working public holidays in Haiti to coincide with the 2016 and 2017 and 2018 Carnival public holidays in Haiti.
Nine years ago (2010-02-14), the government of Haiti had canceled the Carnival celebrations following that year's recent earthquake (2010-02-10), and had not declared any additional non-working public holidays. The year after (2011-02-28), the Carnival celebrations were restored, but no additional non-working public holidays were declared in Haiti on either Carnival Monday, or Ash Wednesday.
But following the election of Michel Joseph Martelly as the new President of Haiti (2012-02-15), public holidays were declared again for the 2 and a half Carnival days of February, as well as for the July Carnaval des Fleurs (2012-07-25), something that had not been done before.
Since then the annual Carnival public holidays in Haiti have been extended or not from year to year (2015-02-09 and 2013-02-03).
Links and References
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