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Do you think good friday should become a national holiday?

Asked by Simone_De_Beauvoir (38828 points ) April 7th, 2011

Check out the bilerico link here. Should any religious holiday be celebrated nationally? (and don’t say Christmas, it’s hardly religious, mostly commericialized and stripped of any meaning, really) Obviously, I say no. What do you say?

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marinelife's avatar

I do not think that Good Friday, a Christian religious holiday, should become a National holiday.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Nopety nope nope nope.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I think those who celebrate Good Friday should continue to do so, and those who don’t, don’t.

zenvelo's avatar

Even though it is a holiday for me (I work in the securities trading industry) I don’t think it should be a Federal or state holiday.

The Catholic parish I belong to doesn’t consider it a school holiday either. The school is in session, with regular classes in the morning, and services from 12 to 3.

Cruiser's avatar

I think Government workers get too many days off as it is. Like @JilltheTooth says “Nopety nope nope nope”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Cruiser Why would this only affect government workers?

erichw1504's avatar

Nopety nope nope nope… nope!

Jude's avatar

Sure, and it is here already.

erichw1504's avatar

What about Bad Friday?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Jude Are christian national holidays common in Canada?

wundayatta's avatar

What difference does it make? Employers make their own choices, anyway. I don’t get any national holidays (like MLK day, presidents day and whatnot). Maybe it matters to federal workers, but I don’t see how it affects anyone else.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@wundayatta I think legitimizing one religion’s holiday over another and making it national goes beyond ‘making a difference’ in daily lives of federal workers. I work for a non-profit and we get all holidays off. As a student I get all holidays off. So it matters for other people too.

Jude's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Yes. We have Good Friday off and Easter Monday.

wundayatta's avatar

my university doesn’t give any of those holidays off. Just xmas and tgiving, mem day and lab day. c’est tout. It’s really the choice of the employer, I think, no matter what the feds do.

Seelix's avatar

Easter Monday isn’t a statutory holiday in Canada, but government services and schools get the day off to make up for the Easter Sunday stat. Kind of like how Remembrance Day is a day off for government and only government.

Jude's avatar

@Seelix Right, correction. I teach at a Catholic School. Sorry, my head is a little fuzzy today.

Jude's avatar

Anyhow, we have it, and I don’t mind having the day off.

I don’t eat meat on Good Friday, either.

Cruiser's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir here is the list of 10 Natl Holidays and Gov workers get all of them off I get 5. I am lucky though I do get paid for those days off many others in the private sector don’t. Don’t get me started on this! Enough is enough already!

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Cruiser So your issue isn’t christian or not, your issue is jealousy or bitterness or that you think you need more days off or someone less, is that right?

Cruiser's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Damn Straight! Vacation time is more important to me than a paycheck!

Pandora's avatar

Oh, no! If we go down that road then we will have to throw in a bunch more holidays for one reason or another and then comes the question? When do we get anything done? Lets make Cinco de Mayo a paid holiday. LOL
Actually there are countries that take long holidays that last up to 2 weeks.
@Cruiser. I didn’t work for the government at my former job and got all those same holidays off.

cazzie's avatar

It IS a national holiday where I live and has been for as long as…. well ever. (Norway)

Do I think it should be? Yes… and not because of the Christ bullshit, but because we plant our home gardens around this time and we need the time to do that. Like all BS Christian stuff, it has pagan origin. We celebrate the return of the sun and we take our time to plant and prepare for the growth of the summer and our expectations of harvest in the fall.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@cazzie Well yeah, but not everyone in Norway is pagan.

flutherother's avatar

To those that say nopety nope nope nope all I can say is yippety yip yip yip!

cazzie's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir but we are rather heathen… and we do love our paid holidays. big smile

JilltheTooth's avatar

@flutherother : That’s what Zuppy says when somebody steps on his tail. ;-)

downtide's avatar

Good Friday is a national holiday in the UK. I had no idea that it wasn’t one in the US.

SuperMouse's avatar

Absolutely not.

Blackberry's avatar

Of course not.

nicobanks's avatar

Good Friday is a national holiday in Canada, and I think that’s a good thing because I’m in favour of national holidays in general – I think there should be a few more of them, and I think the incentives for businesses to give their workers the day off should increase (like by making them pay more for staying open).

But, the question of making Good Friday a national holiday when it isn’t – I think not. I would want to use that opportunity to celebrate something other than Christianity, which is already privileged in US culture and policy.

nicobanks's avatar

@wundayatta It makes a difference and affects everyone because, while, yes, the businesses can choose to stay open, if they do, they have to compensate their workers financially for missing out on the holiday – time and a half or some such. And like Simone de Beauvoir suggested, legitimizing one religion over another has significant socio-cultural implications that, again, affect everyone in society.

@Simone_De_Beauvoir The only Christian national statutory holidays in Canada are Christmas and Good Friday. In terms of provincial statutory holidays, I think the only place that has any Christian ones (unless you count Thanksgiving as a Christian holiday, which most provinces/territories designate as statutory) is Newfoundland – they celebrate a couple saint days or something. Easter Monday is only statutory for federal employees, although there are some other employers out there who choose to treat it as one (but they’re in the minority, as you might imagine).

Michael_Huntington's avatar

No. I’d rather have National Day of Slayer as a national holiday.

Jeruba's avatar

By no means.

josie's avatar

I would be inclined to work on Good Friday.
But if they ever have Bad Friday, I will want it off.

faye's avatar

No, I don’t, unless I get to pick a holiday to suit my beliefs as well.

mattbrowne's avatar

Good Friday is a national holiday in 42 countries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_holidays_by_country

Some countries are quite surprising, like Indonesia, also observing Good Friday.

If I were American I would not make it a national holiday, but it should be made easy for employees to take the day off if they want to. This is how Germany handles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Store_Bededag

which is no longer a national holidays.

All countries should be keen on not having too many holidays on non-week-end days. More than 12 seems too much.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Christmas is now a holiday celebrating the religion of consumer capitalism by performing the ecstatic rite of “Shop Yourself Into a Coma”.

wilma's avatar

No I don’t.

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