Liberians in their number today gather at their various places of worship around the country as the nation observes ‘Thanksgiving Day’ which is traditionally observe every first Thursday of each year, today’s observance is a national holiday, although the Government of Liberia has yet to issue a proclamation up to press time last night.
This 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 and external challenges. Christians in Liberia celebrate Thanksgiving Day at church, at which time people give a portion of their treasure to the church, as a gesture of thanksgiving to God for said provisions. The church then auctions the items as a way to raise funds for its programs.
The Legislature enacted a statute in 1883, declaring the first Thursday in November of each year as a National Thanksgiving Day, when religious leaders (all faiths), normally congregate at their respective places of worship to give thanks and praises to the Almighty God, and pray that His blessing and mercy may continuously protect Liberians as a people and as a nation.
As early as 7am this morning, GNN staff gathered sampling interviews from Liberians of the importance of this day, many of whom who were interviewed said they will religiously crave for God’s intervention during their daylong prays for a good governance which they complained is lacking in the current administration of President George Weah.
Speaking further told the GNN on the importance of today, said they will also pray for the leadership of the country in order for those in authority to seek God’s wisdom and see reasons in addressing the pressing hardship being faced with my majority of the Liberian people over the years.
Thanksgiving Day is also observed as a national holiday in the United States, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival; the event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621.