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No city services on the Easter holiday?

April 5, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
Here's a question posed by someone in the newsroom today: why are city offices closed and no city garbage pickup scheduled tomorrow on Good Friday when it's not an official government holiday?

Schools are closed for the Easter break, though a lot of schools these days are careful to call it a "holiday break" instead of an Easter break. Passover is also being celebrated this week, so the term "holiday" may fit better than in other years. They do the same thing at Christmas, when the two week break is called a "winter break" and the Christmas concert is the "winter concert," at which secular holiday songs are sung.

I can see why it makes sense for schools to close at a time when the majority of students and staff are going to be celebrating a religious holiday. I suspect that schools with majority Jewish populations on the East Coast close on the major Jewish holidays for the same reason.

The city is probably doing it for the same reason, but it would be interesting to know if it's also common for city offices to close on the major religious holidays. If most of your town is Jewish, do you close on Yom Kippur?

I don't have a problem with it, since it's easy enough to pay a water bill on another day. The trash pickup may be a nuisance, though, since trash will be out for a week longer than it ought to be, especially if you only have once a week trash pickup.


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