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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is often at the same time as the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The 'good' in Good Friday means 'holy.'  Both Christmas and Shrove Tuesday used to be called 'the Good Tide' and Good Wednesday means the Wednesday in Holy Week.

We have called the Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday since around 1300.

33 AD was the possible year of Jesus’ crucifixion according to the Bible and earthquake research reported in the International Geology Review in 2012.

Calvary by Paolo Veronese, 16th century

On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, "There is no news." Instead, they played piano music.

The 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in USA history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes killed 125 people in South Central Alaska and inflicted massive damage to the city of Anchorage.

Crucifixion in the Philippines is a devotional practice held every Good Friday, and are part of the local observance of Holy Week. Devotees or penitents called magdarame in Kapampangan are willingly crucified in imitation of Jesus Christ's suffering and death.

Only 12 of the 50 US states recognize Good Friday as a holiday.

Good Friday has long been a common law holiday in the UK but is only included as an official public holiday in 1971. Before that, under the Factories Act 1961, factory operators had to give a day off on Good Friday to “every woman and young person employed in the factory”.

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