In most countries, Holy Friday is both a religious occasion and a public holiday. It is just a part of a religious week-long celebration of the passion of Jesus Christ which is called the holy week. The four major days of the holy week are the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday. For this article, we will be discussing particularly the Good Friday and how it is celebrated in most countries, especially those countries with Christianity and Catholicism as their major religion. Make sure to read the article up until the end so that you will be able to know what to do on the upcoming good Friday 2017 date which is on April 14, 2017.
What Do People Do on Holy Friday?
Good Friday comes two days before the Easter Sunday. During this day, a lot of people, especially Catholics and Christians, refrain from doing the usual activities of singing or playing loud music and drinking alcohol. Other people, who may be from other religions, also do such things as respect to the majority of the people around them. In addition, people also celebrate Good Friday by refraining from eating meat. They do fasting and prayers like novenas and rosaries.
During the holy Friday, people also attend masses and take part in the Stations of the Cross or the Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ. These exhibits portray the last hours of Jesus and his journey to save us all by ridding us of our sins. Most people go on to these exhibits and meditate on the sufferings of Jesus by doing solemn prayers. Other people go as far as to actually portraying what happened to Jesus Christ when he sacrificed himself. There are people who undergo actual crucifixion for penance.
The main event of the day is the mass on or before 3:00 pm. This is the exact time when Christ died on the cross to save us all. At 3:00 pm, all people observe silence and do their most solemn prayers. With such different activities, plan your events early for the next good Friday 2017 date which will happen on April 14.
A lot of establishments are closed during the holy Friday. There are no classes on schools, colleges, and universities. Similarly, government offices are also closed. However, hotels and other public places may be full due to tourists visiting different cities to pray for the local churches scattered all over the region. This act is usually called the “Visita Iglesia” where devotees celebrate Good Friday by visiting different churches within their country, usually the most elegant and most popular churches from their area.
The Symbol for the holy Friday is the cross primarily because it is the main celebration for the day which is the crucifixion of Christ. The crucifixion of Christ was when he got his hands and feet nailed on a large wooden cross.
Such happenings, events, and activities are the traditional things that most countries do during Good Friday. Plan your itinerary early on for the next Good Friday. The good Friday 2017 date is on April 14, 2017 so make sure to plan ahead of time.