Good Friday

Good Friday is one of the most important religious days of the year for Christians around the world.

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday, though the last term properly refers to the Friday in Easter week.

In my ignorance I started by heading this post ‘Easter Friday’ but fortunately discovered my error.

The date of the holiday on the Gregorian calendar varies from one year to the next, and there is disagreement about its calculation. It is a widely instituted legal holiday in many national governments around the world, including in most Western countries (especially among Anglican and Catholic nations) as well as in 12 U.S. states.

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No matter how religious you are or aren’t this historical event has had a huge impact on our society over two millennia.

Good Friday is a public holiday in New Zealand and it is one of the most active days for churches, but is the most shut down day of the year commercially with it being illegal for most businesses to be open. This remains contentious with garden shops in particular flouting the law.

However you do your Good Friday have a good one.

For me it will be a quiet family day, but I will do a bit of positing at Your NZ too.

Open Forum – Good Friday

3 April 2015

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