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Papua New Guinea Declares Public Holidays On March 1 and 12

Source: Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby)
Posted: Friday, February 26, 2021


The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, has declared Monday, March 1st, and Friday, March 12, 2021, as public holidays in Papua New Guinea, to mark the beginning and end of the upcoming two-week period of mourning declared following the death of PNG's first Prime Minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

The aforementioned declaration of Monday, March 1st, and Friday, March 12, 2021, as a one-off public holidays in Papua New Guinea, thus further amends the list of official Papua New Guinea public holidays for the calendar year 2021 as contained in the PNG National Gazette G583, issued last September (2020-09-04).

Recall that, earlier this year, when Friday, January 8, 2021, was declared a one-off public holiday to mark the death of Sir Mekere Morauta, Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, had stated that "This is now setting a precedent and a template for future State funerals going on into the future. This is about setting new protocols, programs and working templates for us to go by for future events such as this" (2021-01-05).



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