Good Friday / Holy Friday / Great Friday

Good Friday 2014, known also as Holy Friday or Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Catholics and Christians all over the world commemorating the crucifixion and eventual death of Jesus Christ. The holiday is observed during Holy Week on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. Many Christians and Catholics take part in fasting and penance among the observations.

Dates of Good Friday Observations

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter, and date of Good Friday falls on different day every year based certain calculations. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, the full moon on or after 21 March, taken to be the date of the vernal equinox.

Also take note Good Friday is calculated differently in Eastern Christianity and Western Christianity. The Western calculation uses the Gregorian calendar, while the Eastern calculation uses the Julian calendar, whose 21 March now corresponds to the Gregorian calendar’s 3 April.

Date of Good Friday 2014
When is Good Friday 2014? Good Friday 2014 falls on Friday, 18 April 2014

Date of Good Friday 2013
When is Good Friday 2013? Good Friday 2013 falls on Friday, 29 March 2013.

Date of Good Friday 2012
When is Good Friday 2012? Good Friday 2012 falls on Friday, 6 April 2012.

2014 Good Friday Observations Around The World

Good Friday 2014 is observed as a public holiday in many Western and Christian-majority countries, as well as a number of other countries with significant number of Christian populations.

Good Friday 2014 in Ireland
In Ireland, Good Friday 2014 is not a public holiday. But it is a Christian worship and a day of rest. Many companies, organizations and schools are closed earlier than usual. Generally, public transport services run to their normal timetables, however travelers must check these warily. Selling of alcohol is not allowed and lots of bistros and pubs are closed. It?s very hard to discover a place to eat out of hotels on this season.

Good Friday 2014 in Australia
Good Friday 2014 is the start of a four-day weekend and waterfall in Australia during the Easter seasons. Some people catch a short break and some take the chance to spend moment with relatives and friends. Conventionally, people eat small, bread-like buns with raisins and spices. Several sport events are start on this season like the in Tasmania, the Three Peaks Race begins in the afternoon. This game is three-tiered which consist of a portion to be cruised and a portion to be run or walked.

Good Friday 2014 in Singapore
Singapore Christians honor the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday with particular prayer services held at several churches of Singapore. A touching candlelit march bearing the form of the Jesus Christ takes position along Victoria Street at St. Joseph Church. This cathedral was made in the early part of the 20th century to replace an earlier cathedral built by the Portuguese mission to Singapore. Good Friday 2014 is a public holiday in Singapore.

Good Friday 2014 in India
Good Friday 2014 is celebrated by Christians in India, and is a gazetted public holiday. Since Good Friday is a day of sadness, church services are held in the afternoon, with a bitter drink prepared from leaves, vinegar, and other ingredients. Many Christians in India also fast or abstain from meat on this day.

Good Friday 2014 in Jamaica
Jamaican families traditionally gathered and go to cathedral. This worship in some denominations are marked by a time of fasting. Formerly, no foods were cooked in this occasion. Bread and fish are set from the evening and consumed on Good Friday, although some of the tradition has changed. Good Friday is a time of quiet prayer among some Christians and a day of mourning. Frequently, the candles are turns off and paintings, crosses and statues might be draped in purple, black or gray cloth.

Good Friday 2014 in Canada
In Canada, hot cross breads are a conventional treat on this season. These are like small bread buns which done from dough which contains currants, raisins and some other desiccated fruit. The peak of hot cross breads is covered with a sugar glaze and marked with a cross. The cross might be slice in the bread or spotted with particular dough which stays pale even once it has been cooked. This bread rolls might be eaten as they?re, spread and split with margarine or toasted.

Good Friday 2014 in United Kingdom
In United Kingdom, 2014 Good Friday is a bank holiday / public holiday. Several organizations and companies are closed, though some remain open. Generally, stores are open. Public transportation may function to their normal or a modified timetable. Because some people have a 4 days vacation at Easter and choose to travel, there can be several obstructions on the roads and trains. Also, there is no horse riding on this season.

Good Friday 2014 in United States
In United States, Good Friday 2014 is not a federal holiday as in United Kingdom. However, 11 states (Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky-half day, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas-optional) observe Good Friday as state holiday. State and local government offices and courts are closed, as well as some banks and postal offices in these states. Financial markets, stock markets, some private businesses, and many other organizations are closed on this occasion. However, the majority of businesses are open on Good Friday, either full or half day.

Did you know?
Good Friday 2014 is sometimes known (incorrectly) as Easter Friday 2014, probably referring to the fact that Good Friday is very much part of Easter festivities.

Happy Good Friday 2014 Holiday !

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