Good Friday Day has been translated into many languages. The Dutch name Goede Vrijdag translates as “Good Friday.” Other languages refer to Good Friday as usually Holy Friday. In the Holy Land, Good Friday is known as “Big Friday.” In Germany, Good Friday Day is referred to as “Karfreitag”, which is an old German word meaning “Friday of Lamentation, although that reference isn’t well known to speakers of modern German. In Armenia, Good Friday is called “High Friday” and in Russian Good Friday is called “Passion Friday.”
Did you know that Roman Catholic Christians treat Good Friday as a fast day, which is defined by people only having one large meal, which is smaller than a regular meal? In the United States, Good Friday isn’t a day off from work because people do continue to work until shortly before the afternoon liturgy. In Latin America, all Catholics have a day off of work on Good Friday day as well as on Holy Thursday, which is the day of the Last Supper. Did you know that the Last Supper is also known as to Jewish people as a Seder. The Passover Seders take place on the first two nights of Passover. Another interesting fact about Good Friday day is that in the Philippines major television networks are paid to broadcast events at Catholic parishes. These special events include the reading of the seven last words, the recitation of the Stations of the Cross, and the service of the Commemoration of the Lord’s Prayer.
In many countries with a strong Christian tradition such as Canada, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom the day is observed as a public or federal holiday. In most English speaking countries, most stores are closed for the day. Did you know that the Republic of Ireland prohibits all alcohol from being sold on Good Friday? Have a Good Friday day.