Public holidays in Liberia

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The following are public holidays in Liberia.[1]

Public holidays

Date Name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day
January 7 Pioneer's Day (controversial) Commemorates the first Americo-Liberians to arrive in 1820 with the help of the American Colonization Society. Pioneers Day is controversial because of the historically tense relationship between the so-called "Congoes" (Americo-Liberians, who are 2.5 – 5 percent of Liberia’s total population of 3.5 million) and "country people" (indigenous Liberians)The way they celebrate this is music, dancing, and singing spiritual songs.[2][3]
February 11 Armed Forces Day
Second Wednesday of March Decoration Day Day to decorate the graves of ancestors.
March 15 J.J. Roberts' Birthday Day to celebrate the Birthday of the First president of Liberia
Second Friday of April Fast and Prayer Day
April 12 National Redemption Day Anniversary of the coup d’état that was spearheaded by Samuel Doe in 1980.
May 14 National Unification Day
July 26 Independence Day
August 24 Flag Day The holiday was first observed in an 1847 convention, when the founding fathers approved the flag's design along with establishing the new republic. [4]
First Thursday of November Thanksgiving
November 29 William Tubman's Birthday the Birthday of the longest serving President in Liberia
December 25 Christmas

References

  1. ^ http://www.liberianembassyus.org/?q=event
  2. ^ Former American Slaves Played Oppressive Role in Liberia's Past
  3. ^ Liberian Forum
  4. ^ Liberia's Flag Day
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