Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a holiday and marks an important date for religious individuals. However, for those who aren't religious, it is seen as more time to spend with family members.
Upcoming Dates For Good Friday
Good Friday falls on the Friday after the March equinox, since Easter falls on the Sunday that follows. 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 Good Friday Considered a Holiday?
Good Friday is considered a public holiday everywhere. There are some stores and businesses that remain open, but it is uncommon. The public transportation system will likely be delayed, rescheduled, or unavailable. Since many people choose to go on vacation, you can expect traffic delays. Schools and many places of work are also closed.
Festivities & Events During Good Friday
On Good Friday, it is common that families will spend the day in church. There are often special churches held in the churches. These commemorate the sacrifice of their savior, Jesus Christ. Many say prayers and eat certain foods. For instance, Catholics do not eat meat on Good Friday. Many choose to instead eat fish. People enjoy hot cross buns, which are a special baked good. Those families that aren't religious will often take the opportunity for a holiday. Good Friday marks the start of a long weekend, coinciding with Easter Sunday. It's common for families to travel to visit other extending members. This can lead to long traffic delays, if many people are trying to go on vacation.
A Brief History About Good Friday
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is an important event in Christian churches. There is often special memorials and services held in his honor. To those who aren't religious, Good Friday is merely seen as a day off.