Thursday 21 March, 2019

Three long weekends carded for 2019

After a year of long weekends galore, 2019 is going to be a tough one for Trinbagonians.

Next year is only carded to have two official long weekends, and one unofficial one, with the potential for more if ducking work is something you do.

As it stands right now, Carnival weekend will be the first long weekend of 2019 – with Carnival Monday and Tuesday falling on March 4 and 5 this year. We're aware Carnival Monday and Tuesday are not official public holidays, but we also know the majority of the country shuts down for the two-day festival. 

Next up is the Easter weekend which starts on Good Friday, April 19, and ends on Easter Monday, April 22. 

If Public Holidays Global is correct, the next long weekend won’t take place until October, with the Divali holiday tentatively scheduled for Monday 28 October.

This is, of course, subject to change based on the date the holiday is declared by the government.

So yes, there's a chance we may end up with only two long weekends next year if Divali is declared on the Saturday or Tuesday. 

Image: Public Holidays Global

In terms of prospective long weekends, there are quite a few holidays falling on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including New Year’s Day, Indian Arrival Day, Corpus Christi (bonus: the day before Corpus Christi is another holiday – Labour Day), Emancipation Day, Republic Day and Boxing Day (Christmas Day is of course also a holiday before this).

So, ready your vacation days, or sharpen your work-evading skills if you hope to make the most of the days mentioned above, or prepare to have a very productive 2019.

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