Really, every Friday is a good Friday, but only Good Friday bears the official title. While it’s not a federal holiday in the United States, some states—like Florida, Texas, and New Jersey—observe it. Hallelujah! If you don’t live in one of the chosen states, then you’re experience with Good Friday might just be limited to people complaining that they can’t eat meat…or confessing to the fact that they ate meat anyway.
But, what is Good Friday and why does it turn the people around you into unwilling (or, at least, very guilty) vegetarians?
What is Good Friday?
Good Friday—also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday—is a religious holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It takes place on the Friday during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter. Some countries, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting certain activities, such as dancing and gambling, that are seen disrespectful of the solemn nature of the day.
While the way it is celebrated differs from denomination to denomination, Catholics observe the Stations of the Cross, a service that’s usually held from noon to 3.00 pm, giving it the charming nickname of the Three Hours’ Agony. It features a series of images that depict the events on the day of Jesus’s (temporary) death, with accompanying prayers. Not all celebrations are held in the church. Some Christians pray on their own, fast, or abstain from certain foods, hence everyone’s suddenly complicated relationship with meat.
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