Shed a tear for the long weekends of 2019.
That's because where long weekends are concerned, 2019 is as bad as it gets for Trinis.
Yep, prepare for a year without
any many Friday or Monday holidays.
In fact, apart from the usual Easter weekend (which, thankfully is a fixed long-weekend each year), there's only one other holiday that can create a long weekend in T&T.
And that too isn't certain yet, because it's the Divali holiday, and it must be first declared.
But as it stands now, Divali is expected to be on Sunday October 27, which would make Monday 28 a holiday.
And that's about as much as you get joyous Trinis.
Most of the public holidays fall on Thursdays (4), followed by Wednesdays (3) and Tuesdays (2).
And if that wasn't bad enough, technically, you "lose" two holidays altogether because they fall on Saturdays (no you don't get the holiday on the Friday....let's just burst that bubble quickly).
So for you who are accustomed to planning that little runaway to Tobago, Barbados or Miami for three days when holidays fall on Fridays and Mondays, it's not going to be as simple as it's been over the last few years.
Here is the schedule of T&T holidays in 2019.
|1 January||Tuesday||New Year's Day|
|30 March||Saturday||Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day|
|19 April||Friday||Good Friday|
|22 April||Monday||Easter Monday|
|30 May||Thursday||Indian Arrival Day|
|19 June||Wednesday||Labour Day|
|20 June||Thursday||Corpus Christi|
|1 August||Thursday||Emancipation Day|
|31 August||Saturday||Independence Day|
|24 September||Tuesday||Republic Day|
|27 October||Sunday||Divali (holiday on the Monday)|
|25 December||Wednesday||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Thursday||Boxing Day|