I had NOT really thought about this till today. We all watched about an hour of it, LIVE, from around 11:30am onwards. So, saw the swearing ins, readings & performances. It was uplifting & inspirational. Made sure that the 14-year old saw it. She is remote-school & she didn’t have any classes around that time. I asked her if the teachers had mentioned about watching the inauguration. NO.
I think it should be a holiday. Only happens every 4-years.
When things have settled down I will write to President Biden & my good senators. Get a feeling that Biden might warm to the idea. I am sure he will feature again, as the President, at the next inaugural. SMILE.
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12 U.S. States observe Good Friday by closing Government Offices (per Wikipedia), they being: Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee.
I have talked about this before, viz. Easter (or at least Good Friday) NOT being an official holiday in the U.S. (though as the above suggest about 80% of the country celebrates it and Easter Sunday (quite rightly) has the highest church attendance of the year (well ahead (quite rightly) of Christmas (which is in reality not a religious holiday per se)). Tomorrow, Good Friday, as always, will feel very strange to me. The stock markets are closed and that unsettles me because I like to trade — BUT the kids will be at school and there will be a mail delivery. Does not seem right.
As I have also harped about before, it, i.e., Good Friday, is ironically an observed ‘Public & Bank’ holiday (equivalent of Federal Holiday) in Sri Lanka though only 7.4% of the population is Christian! Sri Lanka (my Ceylon) is, however, holiday happy and ‘rich’. In 2016 they have 25 ‘Public & Bank’ holiday compared to the 10 in the U.S. Here is the list.
Note how they OBSERVE Monthly Full Moon days (Poya Days) that do NOT fall on a Sunday. So in March there are 3 holidays and 3 again in April. The holidays are WAY DOWN from when I was growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s/1960s. Easter Monday used to be a holiday. In those days, taking into account the Monthly Poya holidays, it was estimated (by a cousin of mine (who was an accountant)) that there was a holiday, on average, every 19 days!
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Good Friday, nor Easter Monday are public holidays in the U.S. — though the Stock Market is closed on Good Friday, which as far as I am concerned makes it a key holiday.
I have lived in 4 countries and the U.S. is the only one of those where Good Friday and Easter Monday are not holidays. Took me the longest time to get used to that. A four day holiday, at the start of Spring, with obligatory ham and chocolate, is a nice break for all.
I am glad that the Alton kids have Good Friday off. Nice touch. Yes, it is one of those handy ‘teacher conference‘ days. If I had my way they would have Monday off too. I can’t remember whether this happens in Alton each year.
But, this is good. Happy Easter.