Good Friday is also recognized as Holy Friday. It primarily observed as a Christians festival. The Good Friday's date changes every year on the base of Lunar Calendar. It falls two days before Easter Day. It is a time of penance, fasting, and remembering the anniversary of Jesus Christ's death on the Cross.
The Good Friday observance was begun in the 4th century by Egeria. This ancient practice refers to the time of gasting and self-punishment on the death anniversary of Christ.
Good Friday is a federal holiday in 11 states, where it is a day off for the people. Schools and mostly all the businesses remain closed. But in other states, it is not a national holiday and a working day for many Americans. Some people may prefer to skip a day work and have a more extended "spring break" weekend.
Some Christians visit the church to attend church services or prayers vigils. It is a day of sadness and quiet prayers for many people. Usually, Candles are extinguished, and paintings, statues, and crosses have wrapped in purple, black, or gray cloth. Some people of Catholics community consider Good Friday as a fasting day, while others partially observe a fast that includes the elimination of meat from their food.
On Good Friday, some homes have a quiet environment with little or no outdoor activities and limited radio, television, and computer access. Others like to play music such as JS Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. Some people bake buns in hot cross shape as a traditional Good Friday sweet.
Good Friday leads Easter as a major holiday in the Christianity. However, the government does not consider it as a federal holiday. It is also not recognized as a bank holiday. However, this does not mean that every US bank of the city will be open.
Nasdaq, the New York Stock Exchange, and other major U.S. markets remain closed on Good Friday.
Good Friday is a religious holiday, and students have a final day in Catholic schools and some other religious institutions. While most public schools across the nation remain open on Good Friday, there are many exceptions, so many students have their day off. For example, public schools are closed in many large cities, including Boston, New York, Miami, Denver, and Chicago City.
Good Friday is not a federal holiday, so all federal government offices remain open with normal hours. On the other hand, Good Friday is a state holiday in Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee, and North Carolina. In all these areas, non-essential state government, courts, and offices remain closed on Good Friday. However, local and county government offices and courts are sometimes open.
Good Friday is not a postal and national holiday. Services of post offices remain open with normal hours.
All the supermarkets, restaurants, and other stores remain open on Good Friday with regular business hours.
The Cross or crucifix depicts the way Jesus died, is an essential figure visible on Good Friday. Some crosses show a statue of Christ. Other symbols of Good Friday include crosses, statues, and paintings, which are cover with black cloth and denote grief in churches and some homes.
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