National Prayer Day
National Prayer Day, also known as General Prayer Day, is a national holiday that’s observed annually on June 30th in the Central African Republic. It’s a day for all citizens of all faiths to come together to pray for a peaceful future for the country. Almost 90% of the citizens of this country are Christians.
Of those Christians, just over 50% of them are Protestant. It’s a day for people to give thanks for the few days of peace that they might have enjoyed, and to ask for divine help in ensuring a more peaceful time for the Central African Republic.
The History Of National Prayer Day
The Central African Republic (CAR) received its independence from France in 1960. Although the citizens of the country were happy to come out from under colonialism, they have known nothing but instability since that time. It’s been many years of war that has been punctuated by one government after another assuming control.
Nowadays, CAR is one of the poorest countries in the world and is also one of the unhealthiest countries in the world. It’s all of this hardship why this country has enacted National Prayer Day. It’s a day to pray for more prosperous times and it’s unfortunate that this holiday is more of a wish than anything else.
Observing National Prayer Day
National Prayer Day is a holiday that’s observed every year. On this day, people attend religious services and prayer for the spiritual and economic health of their country. It’s also a day off for the general population and government offices, and many businesses are closed for the day. This holiday is always observed on the 30th of June regardless of what day of the week the holiday actually falls on.