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British Virgin Islands Government Explains Public Holidays Amendments

Source: Dept. of Information and Public Relations, British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office (BVI)
Posted: Monday, January 4, 2021


The Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Natalio D. Wheatley, has discussed with the media, the recently-announced list of 2021 public holidays in the British Virgin Islands, and the major changes to the list of ongoing public holidays.

The list of British Virgin Islands public holidays for 2021 was only announced at the end of last year (2020-12-18), contrary to past years when they were released in the late summer of early autumn (2019-10-01, 2018-10-19, 2017-11-07, 2016-10-13, 2016-02-08, 2015-10-05, 2014-09-15, 2013-10-11, 2012-10-20, 2011-09-23, 2010-04-26 and 2009-03-05).

The delay in announcing the 2021 BVI public holidays was due to the appointment of the Public Holidays Review Committee by the Deputy Governor of the British Virgin Islands, this past summer (2020-07-08).

This committee was tasked with the review of the list of annual public holidays in the British Virgin Islands, and their method of calculation, basing themselves on the recommendations of a similar commission, whose 2001 report laid dormant for almost 20 years (2001-05-18).

The British Virgin Islands Public Holidays Review Committee published its draft recommendations in early October (2020-10-01), asking for public feedback, before finalizing its recommendations.

Last month (2020-12-18), based on these recommendations, the Office of the Deputy Governor of the British Virgin Islands finally issued the official listing the 2021 public holidays in the British Virgin Islands ("Acting in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Holidays Act (Cap 199), as amended, Cabinet has approved the following public holidays for 2021").

One of the new public holidays featured in this list of 2021 public holidays is one for the Great March of 1949 which, according to Deputy Premier, Natalio D. Wheatley, celebrates the restoration of the Legislative Council ("This is a very important day for us as a territory. The legislature was taken away from us in 1901 and even during that time it was not full democracy. That restoration allowed for us to elect leaders who were among the people. The development that we see today is a direct result of the leadership of those persons elected as our local representatives.").



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