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Good Friday Not A Federal Holiday In The U.S. But Stock Markets Closed As Are 12 State Governments.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. From the U.S. Government ‘Office of Personnel Management’ (OPM). http://www.opm.gov.


12 U.S. States observe Good Friday by closing Government Offices (per Wikipedia), they being: Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee.


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From Wikipedia — Public_holidays_in_the_United_States. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here.


I have talked about this before, viz. Easter (or at least Good Friday) NOT being an official holiday in the U.S. (though as the above suggest about 80% of the country celebrates it and Easter Sunday (quite rightly) has the highest church attendance of the year (well ahead (quite rightly) of Christmas (which is in reality not a religious holiday per se)). Tomorrow, Good Friday, as always, will feel very strange to me. The stock markets are closed and that unsettles me because I like to trade — BUT the kids will be at school and there will be a mail delivery. Does not seem right.

As I have also harped about before, it, i.e., Good Friday, is ironically an observed ‘Public & Bank’ holiday (equivalent of Federal Holiday) in Sri Lanka though only 7.4% of the population is Christian! Sri Lanka (my Ceylon) is, however, holiday happy and ‘rich’. In 2016 they have 25 ‘Public & Bank’ holiday compared to the 10 in the U.S. Here is the list.

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Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From the Sri Lanka ‘Ministry of Public Administration & Management’, http://www.pubad.gov.lk/.

Note how they OBSERVE Monthly Full Moon days (Poya Days) that do NOT fall on a Sunday. So in March there are 3 holidays and 3 again in April. The holidays are WAY DOWN from when I was growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s/1960s. Easter Monday used to be a holiday. In those days, taking into account the Monthly Poya holidays, it was estimated (by a cousin of mine (who was an accountant)) that there was a holiday, on average, every 19 days!


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by Anura Guruge

“Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia” eBook Available FREE From August 23 to 28, 2013. Read On Any Platform.

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>>July 18, 2013.
>> ‘Comet ISON for Kids’
>>July 29, 2013.

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August 27 is a rather important day in my life.

So this 5 day have it for FREE is meant to span that day.

It was the day that I left Ceylon (aged 13.9 years) in 1967.

It was my start date at IBM (Hursley) in 1974
(aged 20.9 and armed with my B. Sc. (Hons.)),

though it a Monday that year, was a Bank Holiday in the UK,
and I only reported to work on August 28
— albeit getting paid for the 27th.
[Since this was my very first job of any sort I started my work career getting paid for holiday WITHOUT having worked a single day.]

It is ~ a ‘week’ ahead of my birthday.

So, to celebrate I am giving away this eBook for free.

Check it out. It is a fun book.

Enjoy.