The second Friday in April is a public holiday in Liberia known as Fast and Prayer Day.
Although it is a legal holiday, its observance is not mandatory because the constitution of Liberia provides for freedom of religion.
Fast and Prayer Day has been celebrated each year since 1883.
It is the day of religious devotion that focuses on collective reflection and self-discipline.
On this day, Liberians hope that due to their prayers and fasting, the God's blessings will rest upon their Motherland.
While officially it lasts only for a day, some people extend the time of prayer and fasting to an entire week.
In churches, special services are held on the occasion.
Liberian Muslims do not celebrate this holiday because they have the entire month of Ramadan dedicated to fasting and praying.