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Antigua and Barbuda 2021 Public Holidays Released

Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs (St. John's)
Posted: Monday, January 18, 2021


The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Legal Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda has released the annual list of official non-working public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda for the upcoming calendar year 2021.

In the past (2018-12-28, 2017-12-13, 2016-12-05, 2015-12-23, 2015-01-05 and 2014-01-06), the list of official non-working public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda for the corresponding calendar year, was based on the list of non-working public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda that we had supplied to government of Antigua and Barbuda (2013-02-05, 2013-01-31 and 2011-12-08).

But, the aforementioned list of 2021 Antigua and Barbuda public holidays, as was the case for the 2020 public holidays (2020-01-15), is based on the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019" No.23 of 2019 (2020-01-03, 2019-11-13, 2019-10-30 and 2019-09-14).

That latest act now specifies exactly what happens when some of the Antigua and Barbuda public holidays fall on a weekend day.

Namely, Section 3 of the act ("Repeal and replacement of the Schedule to the Act") states that:

• When the First day of January falls on a Sunday the following Monday shall be a public holiday.

• When the First day of January falls on a Sunday the following Monday shall be a public holiday.

• When the first day of November falls on a Saturday or Sunday the following Monday shall be a public holiday and on that day shall be held all the official acts and activities in celebration of the anniversary of Independence.

• When the Twenty-fifth day of December falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday shall be public holidays.

• When the Twenty-sixth day of December falls on a Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday shall be public holidays.

• When the Ninth day of December falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday.

Point 11 of that section states that "The day following a general election in Antigua and Barbuda" shall also be a public holiday.

Finally, the government of Antigua and Barbuda adds the 2 following footnotes: "Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday are observed as Common Law Holidays" and "Caribana is a form of carnival celebration in Barbuda that is held every year during the Whit holiday weekend".



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