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Mexico Would Stop Moving Fixed-Date Public Holidays

Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación (Ciudad de México)
Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Mexican President López Obrador has announced that from the next school year he will propose initiatives to the law so that the public holidays related to events celebrated on February 5, March 21, May 1st, and November 20, would be observed on their historical date, and not moved to a nearby weekend as has been the case for almost 15 years.

The aforementioned announcement is not directly related to last summer's announcement by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism adding three holidays to the list of Mexican holidays contained in the Mexican school calendar for 2019-2020, "to increase the tourist activity in the country", and creating 3 long weekends in 2019-2020 in Mexico, namely: September 13-16, April 30 to May 5, 2020, and May 15-17, 2020.

Back in 2006 (2006-01-17), Mexico's President, Vincente Fox Quesada, issued a decree modifying article 74 of Mexico's Labour Code (artículo 74 de la Ley Federal del Trabajo), whereby the public holidays hitherto celebrated on the fixed dates of February 5, March 21, and November 20, were henceforth be celebrated on the first Monday of February, and the third Mondays of March and November respectively.

This was a variant of the draft law, introduced in 2000 (2000-05-03), by Deputy José del Carmen Enríquez Rosado, which had mandated that whenever the fixed-date public holidays of February 5, March 21, May 1st, and November 20, fall on any day other than a Monday (including Saturdays and Sundays), its legal observance would be moved to the following Monday.



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