What does Good Friday mean?

What does Good Friday mean?

The reasons behind the name




Good Friday occurs the last Friday before Easter Sunday. This year it falls on the 14th April, but this can change annually.
According to the Bible, the son of God was flogged, ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death. It is hard to understand what is “good” about it.
Sources suggest that the day is considered ‘good’ because it is holy, others believe it is good because Christ ‘showed His love for man, and purchased for him every blessing’
The earliest use of this term can be found in The South English Lengendary 1290.
Holiday
In the UK, Good Friday is an official public holiday (a.k.a. Bank Holiday). All schools are closed and most businesses treat it as a holiday for staff; however, many retail stores now remain open. Government services in Northern Ireland operate as normal on Good Friday substituting the holiday for Easter Tuesday.
There has traditionally been no horse racing on Good Friday in the UK. However, in 2008, betting shops and stores opened for the first time on this day and in 2014 Lingfield Park and Musselburgh staged the UK’s first Good Friday race meetings. The BBC has for many years introduced its 7 am News broadcast on Radio 4 on Good Friday with a verse from Isaac Watts’ hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”.
Hot Cross Buns
A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in England, Australia, British Isles, Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and some parts of America.
The Hot Cross Buns mark the end of Lent and different parts of the Hot Cross Bun have a certain meaning, including the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial.