National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving in Montserrat in 2024

National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving in Montserrat in 2024
2009 ash and steam plume, Soufrière Hills Volcano. Image via NASA
  How long until National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving?
National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving
  Dates of National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving in Montserrat
2025 Montserrat Wed, Jul 9 Public Holiday
2024 Montserrat Wed, Jul 10 Public Holiday
2023 Montserrat Wed, Jul 12 Public Holiday
2022 Montserrat Wed, Jul 20 Public Holiday
2021 Montserrat Wed, Jul 21 Public Holiday
  Summary

Commemorating when the Soufrière Hills Volcano became active in 1995.

When is the National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving?

National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving is a public holiday on the island nation of Montserrat on the second Wednesday in July. This date was determined in an amendment to the Public Holidays Act in May 2023.

About the National Day of Prayer, Reflection and Thanksgiving

The Soufrière Hills Volcano on the southern side of the island became active on Tuesday July 18th 1995. The first explosion occurred in August 1995, and the period of activity lasted until 1999. In 1997, the explosion blanketed Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, in a thick layer of ash and darkened the sky almost completely. Plymouth had been evacuated in 1995, though a large eruption in June 1997 resulted in the deaths of nineteen people. The island's airport was directly in the path of the main pyroclastic flow and was completely destroyed. Montserrat's tourist industry was devastated. The volcano is still active, though the current level of activity is low.

The National Day of Prayer & Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for deep reflection and for the Nation to give thanks for God’s mercies.

Did you know?

Plymouth, Montserrat remains the de jure (in law) capital and as such, it is the only capital city in the world with a population of zero. Brades is the de facto (in effect) capital.


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