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City in Indiana says goodbye to Good Friday, renames it as Spring Holiday


Have you noticed that Columbus Day is slowly disappearing from calendars?

Now, at least one city is adding Good Friday to the list of holidays that are no longer considered "inclusive."

The city of Bloomington, Ind. made headlines this weekend after Mayor John Hamilton announced the city would rename Columbus Day as Fall Holiday and Good Friday as Spring Holiday.

The reason for the change is to “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace,” said Mayor John Hamilton to the Bloomington Herald Times.

Columbus Day has been undergoing name changes for years with many cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle and others now calling it Indigenous Peoples' Day or Native American Day.

On school calendars around the country, Columbus Day is often folded into fall break or fall holiday.

A few states have simply stopped observing Columbus Day.

But more than a few people took issue with a city deciding to do away with Good Friday:

It isn't the first time a city has tried to rename Good Friday. In 2010, the city of Davenport, Iowa attempted to remove Good Friday from the municipal calendar and replace it with Spring Holiday.

The decision was quickly overruled, particularly after a negative response from the public, and Good Friday was reinstated.


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