Trinidad Express / EXCLUDING the Carnival in February, when the country shuts down for a nationwide party, there will be at least 13 public holidays in 2017, something that will leave workers celebrating and bosses cringing.
In 2016 there were six long weekends where the public holiday either fell on a Friday or Monday. In 2017 there will be five long weekends, not including potential days employees would take to extend the weekend.
Here’s the breakdown:
Beginning 2017, citizens can expect a long weekend as the New Year’s Day falls on Sunday where the Monday would be the holiday.
Carnival Monday and Tuesday is likely to be held on February 27 and 28 with Ash Wednesday (March 1) following after. Despite these not being public holidays, many business places would be closed. This would make it the only five-day weekend for the year.
The Spiritual Shouter Baptist Day will be on March 30 which is a Thursday.
Good Friday is April 14, Easter Sunday on April 16 and Easter Monday April 17 is another long weekend.
Corpus Christi is on June 15 which is on a Thursday leaving the Friday as a potential “sick leave” as Labour Day (June 19) follows shortly after on a Monday.
Republic Day is on September 24 which is a Sunday and the public holiday will be observed on September 25.
Ending the year with another four-day-weekend is Christmas which will be celebrated on a Monday with Boxing day being a Tuesday.
Beginning 2018 will also be a long weekend as New Year’s would fall on a Monday.
Official public holidays for the Divali and Eid-ul-Fitr are yet to be announced.
A one-off national holiday is also expected to be given in recognition of the indigenous Amerindian community.
Other public holidays for the year are: Indian Arrival Day which falls on a Tuesday (May 30), Emancipation Day will be observed on August 1 which is on a Tuesday and Independence Day is on August 31 which is a Thursday.
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