President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Thursday, November 5, 2015 as National Thanksgiving Day. The Day is to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday.
The proclamation calls on all Liberians and foreign residents, priests, imams, bishops, pastors, clergies and all religious organizations in Liberia to gather in their various places of worship to give thanks and praises to the Almighty God that His blessings and mercies may continuously rest on the nation and its people.
The proclamation is in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature, which at its session in 1883 did enact a statute declaring the first Thursday in the month of November of each year as National Thanksgiving Day.
A Foreign Ministry release quotes the President’s proclamation as saying that it is befitting that a day be set aside 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 the lives of its people to overcome the spreading of the Ebola virus disease.
According to the release, Liberians have always given thanks and praises to the Almighty God for His mercies showered on the nation, especially for His continuous protection and blessing in times of peace, disaster and other natural phenomena on the people of Liberia “politically, socially and economically over the years.”