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Suriname February 25 Public Holiday Officially Cancelled

Source: Kabinet van de President van de Republiek Suriname (Paramarimbo)
Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: March 7, 2022

Suriname's Minister of the Interior, Bronto Somohardjo, has announced that he had signed a decree, published in the Official Gazette no. 26, which mandates that effective from 2021, the February 25, Dag van Bevrijding en Vernieuwing, will no longer be a public holiday in Suriname ("Celebrating a day when democratic principles have been shattered should never be celebrated by a society in which there are different opinions about these events").

A decade ago, the Council of Ministers of Suriname had declared February 25, a public holiday in Suriname from 1981 to 1987, as a public holiday again, beginning in 2011 (2011-02-06 and 2011-01-27).

Yesterday's gazette notification of the cancellation of the February 25 public holiday of Suriname, confirms the announcement made earlier this month by the same Minister of the Interior, Bronto Somohardjo (2021-02-07).

At the beginning of this year, Suriname's new Minister of the Interior, Bronto Somohardjo, had personally opined that cancelling the February 25, annual public holiday observed in Suriname, might be a good idea (2021-01-12), and the following month, speaking in a more official position, he announced that the decision to keep or cancel the February 25 Revodag public holiday would be made at the February 5 meeting of the Suriname Council of Ministers (2021-02-03).

The Council of Ministers' decision to cancel the February 25, Dag van Bevrijding en Vernieuwing was then announced 2 week ago (2021-02-07).

Interestingly, the aforementioned Official Gazette no. 26 also clarifies that, in terms of the Sunday Rest Act (Zondagsrustwet), the 15 days that are to be treated as national holidays are as follows: Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Holi, Diwali, Ied Ul Fitre, Ied Ul Adha, January 1, Chinese New Year, May 1, July 1, August 9, October 10, and November 25.

This change thus amends the list of bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Suriname dates for the calendar year 2021, released earlier this year (2021-01-22).

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