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Good Friday

Good Friday is celebrated to commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a religious holiday that is celebrated all over the world. There are many different festivities that families will take part in. Some of them with religious affiliation, others just to spend extra time together. Good Friday is always on the Friday before Easter weekend and the weekend ends with Easter Monday. This means that Good Friday starts off a four day weekend in many areas. It's a great time to get the family together, or pack the family up and take a short trip!

Upcoming Dates For Good Friday

Good Friday always falls on the Friday before Easter weekend. Although, Easter does not have a set date, so, Good Friday changes as well. It is considered a national holiday, since it is celebrated throughout the world. Here are the upcoming dates for Good Friday:

  • Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Friday, April 2, 2021
  • Friday, April 15, 2022
  • Friday, April 7, 2023
  • Friday, March 29, 2024
  • Friday, April 18, 2025

Where Is Considered A Holiday?

Throughout all of Australia (and most of the rest of the world), Good Friday is considered a holiday. There are no government or financial offices open. There are no schools in session. The public transportation is limited, or inaccessible. In fact, many things will be closed for observation of the holiday. There are smaller shops that may still be open, for instance, local convenience stores. However, that depends on the local law. In most parts of Australia, this law is more relaxed. So, in those cases, it is up to the store owner whether or not they wish to remain open.

Festivities & Events During

Good Friday falls on the Friday before Easter. Therefore, Good Friday marks the beginning of a long weekend, followed by Easter Monday. Many families will take this four day weekend as the chance to get away for a short vacation. Since it is a religious event, many families choose to gather and express appreciation for one another. They talk of the sacrifices and reconnect with one another. The four day weekend really gives a bigger opportunity for planning than a simple three day weekend. Although, Easter Monday is not always considered a holiday. It depends which territory you're in. Certain religious affiliations may have different plans. An evening ceremony might be attended at a local church, for instance. Those who are nonreligious often take the chance to spend the time with their families, or go on vacation. There are festivities that start on Good Friday, such as the yacht race in Brisbane.

A Brief History Of Good Friday

Good Friday is observed as the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Those who follows the religious implications also eat certain meals on Good Friday. This is traditionally a hot cross bun. Many also see Good Friday as a day to fast, choosing to eat only small snack-like meals, instead of proper meals for the day.