Good Friday commemorates Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The crucifix, or cross, is the most prominent Good Friday emblem, as it depicts Jesus’ death. A figure of Christ can be found on several crosses.
Other Good Friday symbolism includes the use of black cloth to cover the cross, as well as paintings and sculptures in churches and some homes to represent sadness.
Furthermore, some people purposefully remove all flowers and sparkling artifacts from their houses and churches to give them a stark appearance.
In countries such as the United States, Good Friday is not a federal holiday, but it is a state holiday in some states, including Hawaii. In the Netherlands, some people receive the day off on Good Friday, while others work.
What Should you not do on Good Friday?
- Do not handle any nails or iron tools.
- Do not plant anything or break any ground.
- Do not wash clothes.
- Children should not climb trees.
- Adults should not work on Good Friday.
- Do not eat or drink anything containing vinegar or nettles.
- Go to a restaurant.
- Play cards or other games.
- Talk excessively. Silence would be preferred, especially between Noon and 3 p.m.
- Conduct any business.
- Drink alcohol.
- Buy tickets for lottery drawn that day.