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Leisure year for Argentines: one off for every three working days in 2012

Monday, November 28th 2011 - 17:32 UTC
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February 17, bicentennial of the Argentine flag is a serious candidate to join the list February 17, bicentennial of the Argentine flag is a serious candidate to join the list

This coming year Argentines will be resting more and working less, at an average of one day off for every three worked, according to the 2012 official national, civilian and religious festivities calendar released by the Ministry of Interior.

The official 2012 calendar includes 17 national holidays, similar to this year; however the number of long weekends will climb from eight to ten. This means that taking into account the ordinary weekly rest days, Argentines will enjoy a record 121 days off, almost a third of the year.

Furthermore the long weekends list could add an eleventh if the Argentine Lower House passes a bill approved by the Senate to make it an extraordinary holiday 17 February (Monday) when the bicentennial of the Argentine flag creation.

So if to these non working days are added on average, ten paid vacation days as stipulated under Argentine law, the number thus could reach 130.

But the calendar also contemplates another ten or twelve non working days because of religious festivity events such as Jewish Easter or the New Islamic Year, and if we continue adding we could easily reach 140 days off which more than a third for 2012.

Only January to March have, so far, no weekly non-working days (Monday to Friday).

March 24th is Day of National Memory for Truth and Justice and falls on Saturday and is considered an unmoveable commemoration.

September will be the only month free of festivities (and holidays).


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  • Pirat-Hunter

    we made billions for IMF and WTO and many of the blood suckers now we deserve to enjoy long vacations. I don't see UK or USA looking into the vacations of their workers or leaders, what are we black ??? P!$$ 0FF.

    Nov 28th, 2011 - 09:12 pm 0
  • Teaboy2

    Err you mean you borrowed billions, you still have to pay it back dumby. And WTF 17 national holidays, LMAO, wish i new what you guys have to celebrate other then your independance from spain as you haven't really made any achievements since then that are worth celebrating.

    Nov 28th, 2011 - 09:28 pm 0
  • Pirat-Hunter

    2 pay who and what for ?? I don't owe anyone anything, the only thing I do have ia a 100 year old rental bill for UK with the corresponding charges for the rent of Islas Malvinas Argentina, let's make a deal you pay and we will pay, you don't pay we still bill you every year, you can run but you can't hide, do not ask from others what you are unwilling to do yourself, if you do you will be ridiculed with your own words. pay back is what we say to UK for over 100 years the money we borrowed are not over 100 years old yet, you will have to wait 99 more years to have a say and even then you will have to deal with UN and go to the decolonization commite before you even say a word to me untill then keep your opinions to yourself, everything you say can and will be used against you at judgement day.

    Nov 28th, 2011 - 10:20 pm 0
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