YESTERDAY'S public holiday, announced as a "gift' by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to the nation to celebrate the success of the London 2012 Olympians, means this country would have 15 State-sanctioned days off this year.
And according to the website www.tourism-review.com, Trinidad and Tobago is among the top ten countries in the world for the number of public holidays.
The website, which does not list Trinidad and Tobago, ranks Malaysia with 14 holidays as number seven. China and Egypt top the list with 16 holidays a year.
India, Indonesia,Thailand and Morocco follow with 15 holidays. South Korea, Chile and Turkey are on the list with 13 public holidays.
This month, there are four public holidays—Emancipation Day on August 1, yesterday's holiday, Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated on August 20, and Independence Day on August 31.
The other public holidays are New Year's Day, Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Indian Arrival Day, Corpus Christi, Labour Day, Republic Day, Divali, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.