Starting tomorrow, Friday, November 13, 2020 the Republic of Ghana will start 7 days of national mourning in honour of the late former President Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings.
The news of his passing came as a shock to most Ghanaians who had no idea that he had been hospitalised in the last three days.
At 10:10 am on November 12, the former President was declared dead at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where he was receiving treatment after a short illness.
After he was informed by the family of the former President, President Akufoo-Addo issued a statement to Ghanaians announcing the passing of JJ Rawlings.
The announcement also came with the declaration of 7 days of national mourning starting November 13 and ending on November 20.
When day(s) of national mourning are declared certain activities are taken to indicate to foreign governments that this country is mourning a great loss or tragedy. It also serves as a formal notification to other governments of what has happened.
In most cases, as it is the case of the current 7 days of mourning declared by President Akufo-Addo, national flags are flown at half-mast.
This means all Ghana flags flying both in Ghana and our embassies around the world must be lowered to the middle of the staff it is flying own.
The lowered flag signifies a nation in pain, a nation hurt by a recent activity.
In some countries, entertainment activities would be banned during this period and government business are also suspended.
Unless otherwise specified, the days of national mourning are not holidays.
Instead, they are days for the citizens to reflect and hold memorial vigils and activities for the departed.
For emphasis sake, the next 7 days of national mourning as declared by President Akufo-Addo are not holidays. Work goes on, banks will be opened, schools will be opened.
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