Surprising facts you should know about Good Friday
New Delhi : Good Friday is a festive time for Christians around the world. The devotional day is tells about the crucifixion and death of Jesus on this particular day, and follows the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday. It’s celebrated globally but very few people know about some surprising facts associated with Good Friday.
So, let’s enhance our knowledge by reading the following points:
Many people believe that holy cross buns are packed with some serious good luck. Buns baked on Good Friday will never spoil, protect against shipwrecks, and will protect their home from fire.
In Germany, dancing is prohibited on Good Friday from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. The native people refer the sacred day as Sorrowful Friday.
Ireland celebrates Good Friday with full excitement. There is a myth that eggs laid on this day will never rot. Some people even store the eggs for decades just to prove the legend. Eggs are marked with a cross and each family member eats one on Easter Sunday. Devotees believe that these eggs will bring good health and luck for the next year.
Bermuda welcomes Good Friday with new festivity every year with the Bermuda Kitefest. People flock to the beach to celebrate this Easter tradition full of easter egg hunts, traditional Bermudian food, and live music.
On the day of Good Friday in New Zealand, TV and radio ads are prohibited between 6 a.m. and noon, as a mark of respect for the religious day.
People between the age of 18 and 59 usually fast on Good Friday. Bonference of Catholic Bishops permits one full meal, as well as two smaller meals on the fasting day. Most of the people continue fasting until the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday night.
On Good Friday, churches across the world ring with 33 bells in commemoration of Christ's years on Earth and to also honour his death.
Authors, Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor found that the very first Good Friday was Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. The sacred day is always the Friday before Easter, but because the Gregorian Calendar system shifts, so does the date.
Traditionally, there is no mass or celebration of Eucharist on Good Friday. They commemorates the Passion and passing of Christ
The Saturday after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday is known as Holy Saturday.