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Honduras Announces 2019 Morazánica Public Holidays

Source: El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa)
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: September 17, 2019

The Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (COHEP) of Honduras has announced that the upcoming 2019 "Semana Morazánica", annual October public holidays of Honduras, would once again start at noon on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and run until Sunday night, October 6, 2019, to compensate the fact that the Honduras private sector usually works a half day on Saturdays.

Before 2014, Honduras had 3 annual October non-working public holidays, on the 3rd, the 12th and the 21st, and over the years, the government of Honduras often tinkered with these 3 annual non-working public holidays (2013-10-03, 2013-09-24, 2012-10-06, 2012-10-01, 2011-09-30, 2003-04-09, 2008-10-25, 2007-10-03, 2006-10-02, and 2005-09-30).

In 2014, the "Decreto Legislativo No. 75-2014 del 29 de septiembre", published in the Diario Oficial La Gaceta (2014-10-27, 2014-10-02, 2014-09-10 and 2014-09-05), moved of all 3 of Honduras' annual October non-working public holidays to the last week of October.

Then, a year later (2015-08-14, 2015-08-05, 2015-12-12 and 2015-07-01), the "Decreto Legislativo No. 75-2014 del 29 de septiembre" was amended, moving the 3 annual October public holidays of Honduras from the last week of October to the beginning of October, due to the rainy season coinciding with the end of October in Honduras, and "to give people more time to recover financially from these extended holidays before the onset of the Christmas shopping season".

The banking sector of Honduras will follow the same bank holiday schedule for the upcoming 2019 Semana Morazánica public holidays of Honduras ("Asimismo las instituciones como las agencias bancarias trabajarán hasta el día miércoles hasta las 12:00 p.m., después gozarán del asueto el jueves (3 de octubre), viernes (4 de octubre) y sábado. Retornarán hasta el lunes (7 de octubre).").

A recent request (2018-10-11), by the executive director of the Tegucigalpa Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Tegucigalpa - CCIT), Rafael Medina, asking the Honduran government to reconsider the grouping of the 3 October public holidays into the so-called "Morazánica Public Holidays", due to the prevailing weather conditions in October in Honduras, seems to have gone nowhere.

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