January 24, working day

Romanians won’t be given a day off on the Romanian Principalities’ Union Day, January 24, at least not this year, “Adevarul” reports. The Liberal deputy Diana Tusa’s bill, proposing that January 24 should be included among the legal holidays, was approved, last year, in the Senate, but remained stalled in the Chamber, where it’s still waiting in line to be debated.

There are 11 legal holidays in Romania, out of which seven are religious holidays – two for Easter, two for Christmas, two for Pentecost (April 24 and 25) and a day off on August 15 (when Orthodox Christians celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary). These aside, Romanians are traditionally given a break from work on the International Labour Day (May 1), the National Day (December 1), and on January 1 and 2. At European level, Italy, Hungary and Spain are the leaders in this respect. Employees in Italy enjoy 13 legal holidays, the same as those in Hungary, while employees in Spain can boast 14 days off.

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