MANILA, Philippines -- Since this year’s Earth Day celebration falls on Good Friday, a Roman Catholic prelate asked President Aquino Wednesday to postpone the celebration and move it to another day.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA), said the President should postpone the celebration of Earth Day in deference to the holy observance of Good Friday.
“I told the Archdiocese of Manila that Earth Day cannot be celebrated because April 22 is a holy day because it’s Good Friday,” he said over Church-run Radyo Veritas 846 yesterday.
“The Church is busy during Holy Week and its observance is more important,” added Pabillo.
During Good Friday, he said, most of the faithful are also busy reflecting.
“If it’s possible the government should just move the Earth Day celebration to another date since most of the people are reflecting and making sacrifices that day,” Pabillo said.
Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. It was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, first held on April 22, 1970.
If two fucking holidays coincide, they coincide. You do NOT move the date just because ONE institution finds it inappropriate for their members to celebrate two holidays on the same day.