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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

What is More Important: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read this SNIPPET here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original thread at ‘Debate.org’. 


It was doing the Jewish Purim one day apart from Good Friday post, yesterday, that got me thinking. With that post and the one I did last year about Passover being on the same weekend I used Good Friday as the key date (though I included Easter Sunday too).

Given my interest in religious history I can argue on either side of this. Yes, I know, understand and appreciate the basics. Crucifixion vs. Resurrection. The Passion, the suffering and redemption of sin vs. hope, eternal life (and the true basis of what makes Christianity, Christianity).

That Good Friday is not a Federal Holiday in the very Christian (60%++) U.S. always amazes me. Growing up in very Buddhist Ceylon we had BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday off — thanks to the British/European influence.

I am glad that this question gets debated. Do YOU have an opinion or preference?


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by Anura Guruge

Pope Francis’ Latest Remarks About BIG Church & Inclusiveness Does NOT Change Doctrine.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access post by my friend, U.K. Catholic friend, Father Anthony Churchill, STL.


I, given my involvement, know that people are delighted with the pope’s reassuring, all welcome, all inclusive comments, but I also know that some are confused.

Father Churchill, who has been a wonderful collaborator over the last 2 years, shared this homily with me as he was writing it. We had been discussing the pope’s words.

Folks, especially those affected, have to realize that this pope is NOT offering any changes to Church doctrine or stance. I think that this confuses people. They are building up HOPE, but the Church is still adamant.

Doesn’t make a difference to me. I do NOT want salvation. Never have sought salvation. I do NOT believe in ANYTHING after death. Kaput.

But, Father Churchill’s homily, and I urged him to put one paragraph towards the end to further clarify matters, might help you understand the distinction between inclusiveness and hoped for salvation.