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Uruguay Moves Día de la Raza Public Holiday To October 11

Source: Presidencia de la República (República Oriental del Uruguay)
Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Government of Uruguay has confirmed that, as the bill to abolish moveable public holidays has not yet been approved, the upcoming Día de la Raza public holiday would be observed on the previous Monday, namely Monday, October 11, 2021, in accordance with Law 16.805, and its amending bill 17.414.

Earlier this year (2021-05-18), President Luis Lacalle Pou had announced a bill to make all public holidays of Uruguay immovable, arguing that "holidays were not born for a tourist issue" and that "if one changes the dates, from my point of view, it distorts the reason for the holidays".

This bill was sent to Parliament at the end of August (2021-09-01), but is nowhere near being law (if it ever becomes so, before the next elections).

In the meantime, public holidays in Uruguay are still regulated by the Ley N°16805 (1996-12-31), which states in its Article 1 that: "Holidays declared by law, without prejudice to the commemoration of they will follow the following regime: A) If they coincide on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, they will be observed in those days. B) If they occur on Tuesday or Wednesday, they will be observed on the immediate Monday previous.) If they occur on Thursday or Friday, they will be observed on the immediate Monday following.".

Although Article 2 of that law already listed quite a few exceptions, a half a decade later (2001-11-14), Uruguay's Parliament permanently froze the dates of the observance of the June 19 and November 2 public holidays, leaving only 3 movable public holidays in Uruguay: April 19 (Desembarco de los 33 Orientales), May 18 (Batalla de las Piedras), and October 12 (Descubrimiento de América aka Día de la Raza).

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