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Good Friday is on 2nd April. Good Friday, observed before Easter, is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Good Friday is observed by Christians as a day of penance, grief, and fasting. Good Friday also marks the end of the 40-day period of fasting for Christians, called Lent. This year, Lent is on Saturday, April 3, the day before Easter Sunday. The entire holy week for Christians started with Palm Sunday (29th March) and will end on Easter Monday on 5th April. Easter Monday is also called ‘Bright Monday’ or the ‘Renewal Monday’.

Good Friday 2021: Symbol

The crucifix or cross is one of the most important symbols of Good Friday which represents how Jesus died. Apart from it, other symbols of Good Friday include black cloth used to cover the cross, paintings, and statues to signify mourning.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY

 Fasting is quite common.

Devoted Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are expected to fast on Good Friday. According to the Conference of Catholic Bishops, fasting permits one full meal, as well as two smaller meals. If possible, this fast should last until the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday night.

Church bells toll 33 times.

Churches across the world ring in the special day with 33 bells tolls in remembrance of Christ’s years on Earth and to also commemorate his death.

The first Good Friday was on April 3.

Authors Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor did their history homework and found that the very first Good Friday was Friday, April 3, A.D. 33.

As is the following Saturday.

The Saturday after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday is known as Holy Saturday. Furthermore, the entire week before Easter, starting on Palm Sunday, is called the Holy Week.

The holiday marks the end of Lent.

Depending on your beliefs, Lent (a 40-day religious sacrifice period) ends on Good Friday, but also may conclude on the Thursday before or Saturday after. The true finale is debated each year.

It is an unofficial holiday.

Some schools and banks may be closed, but Good Friday is not actually observed across the country. Only 12 states acknowledge this Good Friday.

It is a good time to get a haircut.

Grab the scissors! According to superstition, getting a haircut on Good Friday prevents headaches for the rest of the year.

Jamaicans crack an egg.

This custom is a little different than the American custom of dying eggs. Before sunrise, the tradition goes that you crack an egg and add just the egg white to a glass of water. As the rising sun heats the egg, patterns form in the glass, which elders believe predicts the way in which you will die.

It became a federal holiday in Cuba not too long ago.

Thanks to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Caribbean nation in 2012, the Cuban government granted his request to make Good Friday an official holiday, allowing people to stay home and observe this sacred day.

Dancing is outlawed in Germany.

Dancing is prohibited on this sacred holiday, forcing nightclubs to close or risk being fined £1,000 (about $1,300). They take Good Friday so seriously that they even refer to it as Sorrowful Friday.

Eggs laid on this day are everlasting.

Ireland celebrates Good Friday in a more optimistic way, spending the day looking out for specific signs. It is also believed that eggs laid on this day will never rot. Some people even hold onto eggs for decades just to prove the myth.

In 2018, Irish pubs were allowed to open on Good Friday for the first time.

For almost a century, Ireland banned alcohol sales on Good Friday. Lifting this long-time Christian tradition was good news for the economy as tourism traditionally peaks during Easter. Cheers!

Kites fly high in Bermuda.

Bermuda takes Good Friday to new heights every year with its famous kite fest. Both locals and tourists flock to the beach to enjoy a day full of easter egg hunts, delicious Bermudian food, and colorful kites.

 

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