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March 18, 2012

Good Friday, occurring this year on April 6, is two days before Easter Sunday and is the day that Christians commemorate the
crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Easter is the day, according to the Christian faith, when Jesus returned to life from the dead three days after his death.

Easter, which is the single most important holiday day for Christians, is not a fixed holiday. The determination of when the Easter holiday is celebrated each year is a somewhat complicated calculation involving the full moon and the spring equinox. Basically, Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere’s vernal or spring equinox. This year, Easter is celebrated on Sunday, April 8, 2012.

According to a survey of paid holidays conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), about 25% of U.S. employers observe Good Friday as a paid holiday. The only other religious holiday observed in the U.S. is Christmas with 95% of employers observing it as a paid holiday.

In addition, although Good Friday is celebrated as a national holiday in several countries that include Australia, Canada, Germany,
India, Indonesia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, it is not celebrated as a federal (national) holiday in the United States. However, it is a state holiday in a number of U.S. states including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky (half-day), Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.