A Tale of Two Springs

Facilitating peace, development and banking in Mosul, Iraq

Three Day Weekends in Mosul

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Yes, we celebrate Washington and Lincoln in Iraq. No, it is not exactly a three day weekend.

The National Holiday Act of 1971 moved all holidays worth anything to Monday and enshrined in law the three day weekend. I am still trying to figure out how that should apply to us.

We work every day but Friday here. On Friday many of our Iraqi counterparts go to the mosque, so we do not work. In Baghdad, they do not work on Friday or Saturday. So the Embassy has applied the spirit of the three day weekend law and moved all Monday US holidays to Sunday here. So on Sunday Americans across Iraq paused to celebrate George Washington and Abe Lincoln.

So here in Mosul we took Friday off, worked Saturday and then had Sunday off. Out of respect for the spirit of Washington and Lincoln, however, with elections approaching and the hope for societal divisions bridged, I think everyone on our post here in Mosul put in a few hours at the office.


Written by treadingupthetigris

February 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Happy President’s Day, anyway — and hope you had a pleasant — romantic?? — Valentine’s Day!


    February 16, 2010 at 12:36 am

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