National Prayer Day

National Prayer Day, also known as General Prayer Day, is a national holiday observed annually on June 30th in the Central African Republic. It is 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% are Protestant. It is a day for people to give thanks for the few days of peace 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) gained its independence from France in 1960. Although the citizens of the country were happy to be free from colonialism, they have known nothing but instability since that time. It has been many years of war, 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. It is because of all this hardship that this country has enacted National Prayer Day. It is a day to pray for more prosperous times, and it is unfortunate that this holiday is more of a wish than anything else.

Observing National Prayer Day

National Prayer Day is a holiday observed every year. On this day, people attend religious services and pray for the spiritual and economic health of their country. It is 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 June 30th, regardless of what day of the week the holiday actually falls on.

Where is it celebrated?
Central African Republic (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
June 30 Sunday
Next year (2025)
June 30 Monday
Last year (2023)
June 30 Friday