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Trinidad and Tobago 2021 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal (Port of Spain)
Posted: Friday, January 1, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: January 4, 2022

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has released the official list of bank holidays and of non-working public holidays that will be observed in Trinidad and Tobago during the calendar year 2021.

As usual (2020-01-03, 2019-01-17, 2018-01-06, 2016-12-29, 2016-01-10, 2014-11-09 and 2012-01-04), the aforementioned list of 2021 Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and of non-working public holidays, marks the Muslim and Hindu public holidays dates as TBA and states that " The Muslim festival of Eid–ul–Fitr and the Hindu Festival of Divali are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago.

However, since they are determined by the respective Muslim and Hindu religious organizations, the calendar date for each public holiday varies from year to year. These dates are usually announced one to two weeks prior to their observance each year. Divali is usually celebrated in October or November of each year."
(2020-10-20, 2020-05-04, 2019-10-01, 2019-05-02, 2018-09-22, 2018-06-09, 2018-03-28, 2017-09-20, 2017-05-28, 2016-10-05, 2016-06-22, 2015-06-27, 2014-07-10, 2013-10-16, 2013-07-30, 2013-07-26, 2013-04-04, 2011-10-14, 2011-08-12, 2010-10-10 and 2010-08-20).

The aforementioned list of Trinidad and Tobago bank holidays and of non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2021, does not include the 2017 one-off non-working public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, in recognition of the indigenous Amerindian community (2017-07-01, 2017-05-11, 2013-10-15 and 2007-09-02).

Also omitted from the aforementioned list of 2021 public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago are the 2 annual days of Carnival, not because they are not official public holidays ("Most businesses are closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, even though these days are not public holidays."), but following last autumn's announcement by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago that Trinidad and Tobago "would not be holding Carnival 2021 owing to the Covid19 pandemic" which subsequently prompted the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Trinidad and Tobago, Randall Mitchell, to announce that he expected employees to come to work on the dates of the canceled Carnival celebrations, Monday and Tuesday, February 15 and 16, 2021 (2020-02-13).

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