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At XOOR, besides working remotely, having happy-hours every month with prizes and providing an excellent work environment, we give days off for public holidays. We have 3 holidays in January, February and March, and we will update the information for each quarter of 2023.
For our company, these dates are very important because in many cases they allow us to reflect on historical events that make up the history and identity of our country. In addition, when they fall on Mondays or Fridays, these days represent an excellent opportunity to rest for a long weekend and spend time with the family.
In January the only holiday is the 1st day, celebrating the beginning of a new year. As it is fixed and in 2023 it fell on a Sunday, it did not affect our work rhythm.
In February we have Carnival holidays, which do not have a fixed date since they are celebrated 40 days before Easter. This year they fall on the 20th and 21st. This holiday is a long-awaited date in Argentina as it represents a long weekend in summer, and some people take a getaway with family and/or friends to some of the beautiful tourist destinations in our country.
Among the Argentinian holidays in March, the National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice, which is also fixed, is of great importance. It commemorates the last military coup in Argentina (1976-1983) and aims to create collective memory and awareness so that the aberrant acts of those dark years will "never again" be repeated.
There are many holidays and celebrations in Argentina. If you are from another country, at first you may find it difficult to understand their organization and categorization.
The first thing to keep in mind is that Argentina's celebrations are classified into "holidays" and "non-working days" and they have a key difference.
National holidays in Argentina are called “feriados obligatorios”, and have to be observed with time off. In other words, all employees, regardless of the type of contractual relationship they have, do not perform their regular duties on those days. They are ruled by decree as well as its amendment, both of which are published in the National Official Gazette.
On the other hand, it is up to the people who run the companies to decide whether or not to grant "non-working days".
Secondly, holidays may be fixed, which means they can not be moved from one day to another, usually because of the historical importance of the date and the social intention to reflect on it. Or they can be transferable, making long weekends to encourage tourism and boost the country's economic activity.
Holidays falling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be moved to the previous Monday, while those falling on Thursdays and Fridays will be moved to the following Monday.
The third dimension has to do with scope. Although there are local or provincial holidays in different corners of the country, at XOOR we only follow the national holidays.
There are also celebrations and important dates in Argentina that are not classified as holidays but are intended to build collective memory, so social activities are usually carried out, but they remain as working days.
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