Friday, May 10, 2013

Govt Declares 2 Public Holidays at Month’s end

Government have declared two public holiday at the end of this month. This declaration has come because there are two holidays that fall on the same day. 

It will be the country’s second long weekend for the year, the first being the Easter weekend which was held March month end. 
Trinidad and Tobago has 14 public holidays and last year, the country was blessed with an additional day-off when Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced August 13, would be a public holiday in honour of Keshorn Walcott’s gold medal-winning performance at the London Olympics.

However, T&T has the phenomenon of two of the public holidays—Indian Arrival Day and Corpus Christi—falling on the same day. The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ) is a “moveable feast” which is celebrated on the Thursday after Holy Trinity. In Christianity, a moveable feast is a holy day the date of which is not fixed to a particular day of the calendar year but moves in response to the date of Easter. Indian Arrival Day commemorates the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers from India to Trinidad, in May 1845, on the ship Fatel Razack.

Communications Minister Jamal Mohammed, speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference yesterday, announced that Thursday 30 and Friday 31, May have been officially designated public holidays.

“The Public Holidays and Festivals Act Chapter 1905 states that ‘where a public holiday falls on a Sunday, or where two public holidays fall on the same day, the next following day that is not a public holiday shall be a public holiday’,” Mohammed stated yesterday.

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