MEXICO CITY－Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has floated a strikingly unpopular proposal to end the practice of creating long weekends by moving national holidays around. Lopez Obrador is a student of Mexican history, and he was irked because few people appeared to remember that Wednesday is the anniversary of the Feb 5, 1917, adoption of the country’s Constitution. The official holiday was moved to Monday this year to allow Mexicans three continuous days off. That is similar to the US practice of celebrating Memorial Day or Washington’s birthday on the nearest Monday. Lopez Obrador said it is a bad practice because it leads people to forget what they were celebrating, even though he acknowledged the three-day weekends were popular. “I know this is going to be controversial, but I believe that, if you don’t know where you come from, you’ll never know where you are going,” Lopez Obrador said. “For us, history is fundamental, it is life’s teacher.” So Lopez Obrador said that by the start of the next school year, in August or September, he will insist that holidays be celebrated on their actual date. That drew waves of disapproval on social media, where Twitter users bemoaned losing… Read full this story
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