Cabinet faces crucifixion for canceling Good Friday
The Cabinet’s decision to no longer acknowledge Good Friday as an official national holiday poses great threat to a major identity among Lebanese diversity.
Good Friday is “a central day in Christian culture“, said Archbishop Bishara Raii.
This blogger assumes Lebanese as one of the initial founders of Christianity and it’s traditional rituals that was exported to the World, celebrate the same rituals Lebanese have held since the days of Jesus. (Constantinople adopted such traditions 400 years after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth).
With the immense evacuation of Lebanese Christians due to the socio-economic and political turmoil facing the country, this latest news comes as a hefty blow to the Christian community, and Lebanon as a whole.
The government should have consulted with various religious figures before issuing any decisions. Christians would never allow such a key day to be simply left off calendars“, Raii said; especially in Lebanon, this blogger adds.
The government had intended to make Lebanon’s holidays “the same as those of other Arab countries” the Minister of tourism said.
Raii said in response that “Lebanon should not be compared with other Arab countries, because it is known that Lebanon has a unique and particular demographic and religious identity that ought to be preserved”.
This is a dangerous and provocative move against a major identity among the diverse identities the Lebanese proudly hold.
The government is trying to promote the economy by decreasing the number of holidays“, said the extremist Christian ex-warlord and head of the Lebanese Forces leader Dr. Samir Geagea.
§ UPDATE: Inner Circle member, goes by the name of John, has stated that the government has “admitted to the mistake and took the corrective measures.” I have confirmed this to be true. Thanks John : )
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