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Standardise Jamaica's National Holidays

  

There are ten (10) national holidays in Jamaica. The Holidays (Public General) Act of 1973, last amended in 1998, provides that all holidays are celebrated on the day on which they fall, unless such day is a Sunday, in which case the holiday in question is celebrated the following day, the Monday. The exception to this is Labour Day, which is celebrated on the Monday if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday in any year. Naturally, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Easter Monday are never affected, as they always fall on a specific weekday as the names suggest.

Ever so often, the Ministry of Labour has to put out announcements advising/reminding us how/when a particular holiday will be celebrated on a particular year, especially where said holiday falls on the weekend.

The Holiday Act should be amended to simplify the observance of our holidays. Simply, the rule should be that any holiday (and not just Labour Day) that falls on a weekend, that is, Saturday or Sunday, is celebrated the following Monday.

Additionally, like National Heroes' Day, set Labour Day for observance on the third Monday in May and not be set to May 23. Also, observe Emancipation Day on the first weekday nearest to Independence Day that is not actually observed as Independence Day.

Such amendments would better serve us, both as a means of enjoying time with our families as well as aid commerce by minimizing interruptions/disruptions .

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Close
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