Like the ancient Israelites, for Sierra Leoneans, the Sabbath is now holy
Exodus 20:8-11 is the new law of the land in Sierra
Leone. A combination of the Ebola outbreak and a government that recognizes
in taking time off for reflection during the three-day
lockdowns made the law possible.
Like the ancient Israelites, modern Sierra Leoneans
have reconciled themselves to working six days and taking Sundays off. Sunday
market days known as "Lumos" that have been going on for generations in the
provinces have been shifted to Mondays or Saturdays.
Officially, Sundays are reserved for cleaning one's
living area, but Sierra Leoneans now use this day of rest to schedule family
gatherings like weddings, outings and for Christians, going to church. Most
Sierra Leoneans seem to appreciate the law. Older Sierra Leoneans say it used
to be that way on Sundays, and they love the tranquility.