President George Weah has by proclamation declared Thursday, November 1, as Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday. In keeping with tradition, the day is to be observed throughout the country, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.
The President, meanwhile, has called on his compatriots, foreign residents, religious leaders of all faiths to congregate in their various places of worship to give thanks and praises to the Almighty God, and pray that His blessings and mercies may continuously protect Liberians as a people and as a nation.
“By virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby declare and proclaim Thursday, November 1, 2018, as National Thanksgiving Day to be observed throughout the Republic as a national holiday,” the proclamation read.
“The people of Liberia have always given thanks and praises to the Almighty God for His tender mercies and manifold blessings bestowed upon them and the nation, especially for continuous protection in times of peace, disasters, and other natural phenomena over the years,” the release said.
“It is befitting that Thanksgiving this year be declared for the nation and its people to give thanks and adoration to the Lord for His dispensation of grace, mercy, and providence and for the preservation of our lives,” the President’s proclamation announced.
The proclamation further reflected that the people of Liberia have always given thanks and praises to the Almighty God for his tender mercies and manifold blessings showered upon the nation, especially for His continuous protection and blessings in times of peace, disaster and other natural phenomena over the years.
Thanksgiving Day is also an opportunity for Liberians to recognize the good things that life has to offer them, even though the country has been troubled by internal conflicts and challenges, the President’s proclamation acknowledged.
The Legislature enacted a statute in 1883, declaring the first Thursday in November of each year as National Thanksgiving Day.