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Liberia Celebrates National Day of Fast and Prayer

National Day of Fast and Prayer is celebrated as a public holiday in Liberia

Liberian National Day of Fast and Prayer: April 9

National Day of Fast and Prayer is celebrated as a public holiday in Liberia

Liberia observes one day a year of solemn celebration through their National Day of Fast and Prayer which happens every second Friday of April. This day calls out to every Liberians to participate in a national prayer for the divine purification and healing of the nation.

History of the Liberian National Day of Fast and Prayer

Many Christian celebrations which are considered as holy days are being celebrated and honored in Liberia with immense pride and practice. The people of Liberia have high regards into recognizing the Creator and ask for spiritual guidance and safety.

One incident in the history of Liberia which sparked the proclamation of this day of prayer and fasting was the political crisis that happened between Liberia and the British colonial parents of Sierra Leone during the 1800s. Because of the past national crises and surprising tragedies that came by the country, the Liberians realized the importance of dedicating of even just once a day each year to ask for the grace of the Lord and spare them many more years of strength and survival.

Making the first step for the declaration of this holiday, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf along with the parliament of its republic, enacted a bill proposing the second Friday of April to be a National Day of Fast and Prayer. The holiday will also be a national holiday for National Safety and Welfare.

Liberian National Day of Fast and Prayer Traditions, Customs and Activities

During this day of fast and prayer, the people, regardless of religious preference and perspective gather all together as one unified nation and spend a solemn time in the churches and their places of worship.

The country during this day, observes their traditional Sackcloth and Ashes ritual to fast, pray and meditate. This is usually observed during the evening which starts specifically at 8 o’clock and ends noon of the following day.

Public offices and business establishments also remain closed the whole day and are encouraged to cease from their every day habits and routine to give time to the Lord and recognize the love and guidance of the Creator.

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