In the sparsely populated calendar of Britishб б(we get a grand total of eight every year in England and Wales while Scotland gets one more) Good Friday is the first national holiday after the New Year celebrations. An integral part of the Christian Easter celebrations, Good Friday commemorates the end of Christ\’s Passion, the final period of Jesus Christ\’s life, starting with his entrance to the city of Jerusalem and ending with his grisly execution. When is it this year? With Easter falling earlier than usual this year, Good Friday takes place on 30 March. In different traditions, the date is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday and marks the beginning of the Easter long weekend. So, what happened? Following the Last Supper during the Jewish festival of Passover, Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, for 30 pieces of silver. After being sentenced to death by the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, he was brutally flogged, forced to wear a crown of thorns and marched through the streets of Jerusalem before being crucified. Sounds pretty morbid Б why is it called Good Friday? According to Christian orthodoxy, the prefix БGoodБ comes from the notion that Jesus showed his love for man and, with his death, saved the souls of all mankind. The word БgoodБ also means pious or holy but other sources suggest Good Friday is actually a corruption of БGodБs FridayБ. To confuse matters, the Catholic Encyclopedia, first published in 1907, refuses to come down on either side, instead stating that the origins of the term are unclear.
How do Christians celebrate it? In reality, БcommemorateБ is a more accurate term. Churches around the world are draped in black and processions are held. Catholic believers are encouraged to wear sombre clothes. In Jerusalem, Christians honour Jesus by walking the same path he trod on the way to his crucifixion. Some devout followers even carry crosses on their back. In Bermuda, handmade kites are flown to commemorate JesusБ death and symbolise his ascension to heaven, while people in Poland fast on dry bread and roast potatoes. In El Salvador in the days leading up to Easter, members of the Catholic church haul dyed sawdust through the streets. Then on Good Friday believers turn the raw materials into colourful scenes called alfombras (БcarpetsБ), which depict the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The annual Good Friday procession in Bensheim, Germany, Бis perhaps one of the biggest and most elaborate in the worldБ says. Every year on this holy day, families from the local Italian community put on a re-enactment of the betrayal, sentencing, scourging, and death of Jesus in a theatrical and elaborate performance. Good Friday in the Philippines is perhaps the most extreme. In Pampanga between three and 12 men are literally nailed to a cross every year to recreate the crucifixion of Jesus and remain there until they feel cleansed of sin. Here in the UK, many Christians attend church services and people from all denominations eat hot cross buns. In London, thousands of people gather in Trafalgar Square to watch a passion play depicting the crucifixion.
This year marks a particularly special Good Friday in Ireland, which has lifted
imposed out of respect for the religious holiday. The law, entitled the Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2017, means pubs can now open on Good Friday, although some landlords have said they will continue to honour the day and stay closed. Are Easter eggs connected to Good Friday? The short answer is, no. Eggs represent new life in Christianity and the stone that covered JesusБ tomb. Therefore, eggs Б both painted and chocolate Б have more to do with Easter Monday, when the tomb was found to be empty. Do we get a bank holiday? Yes. Good Friday is traditionally the first bank holiday of year (expect in Scotland which takes the 2 January off) and marks the beginning of the long Easter weekend. Easter Monday on 2 April is also a bank holiday, but not every work will give employees these two Easter dates off. БBank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a workerБs statutory leaveБ, says. Check out your workerБs rights in regards to public holidays, and find out how you can get 18 consecutive days off using just nine days of annual leave. EASTER is not far away now Б and millions of people across the globe are gearing up to celebrate the annual festival. Numerous different events mark the Christian calendar, before the. Here is the lowdown on Good Friday 2018. Easter Sunday is on April 16, but plenty of other days are commemorated during Lent before the important Christian festivity When is Good Friday?
This year, Good Friday will fall on Friday, March 30. In different traditions, the date is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday. Itб marks the start of the Easter long weekend, which includes Easter Monday on April 2, 2018. The date changes every year asб Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Spring Equinox. Is Good Friday a bank holiday? Good news, Good Friday is a bank holiday, so for many people, it marked the beginning of theirб. Monday, April 2, is also a bank holiday, but not every work will give employees these two Easter dates off. Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a workerБs statutory leave. Bank holidays may also impact how benefits are paid, As some will get the day off work, Why do we celebrate Good Friday? Good Friday is commemorated because the date marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Accounts of the Gospel state that the son of God was put to death after he was betrayed by Judas and sentenced to death. The date falls during Holy Week on the Friday before Easter Sunday and sometimes coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Experts believe the event has been coined БGood FridayБ because the word БgoodБ means pious or holy. Are there any other Easter dates to look out for? , and there are numerous events celebrated in the