Colombian President Declares National Holiday for World Cup Quarter-Final

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorJuly 3, 2014

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, with his wife, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez,  gesture before the start of the group C World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Colombia will play Brazil in their first-ever World Cup quarter-final on Friday, and their president wants the whole nation to watch the game.

According to a report in Metro, President Juan Manuel Santos has declared Friday afternoon as a civic day, allowing public workers to skip their regular duties.

"I want to announce to all government workers that, by civic decree, Friday afternoon will be a public holiday so that everyone can watch the game," he said.

The Hollywood Reporter's Agustin Mango explained that all public employees will be allowed to leave their workplaces at 1 p.m. after the hashtag #CivicFriday trended on Twitter in the South American nation on Wednesday.

The match in Fortaleza starts at 3 p.m. local time.