Good Friday National Holiday

Good Friday National Holiday

Good Friday will be celebrated on April 15, 2022. Questions like ‘is Good Friday a national holiday’ and others are answered below. Read further for details.

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Good Friday is a holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. The festival is mostly observed during Holy Week on Friday, preceding Easter Sunday and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday. Many people wonder if Good Friday is a national holiday. Here is the answer to it.

Is Good Friday a national holiday?

Yes, Good Friday is a gazetted holiday in India. It commemorates the final hours of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, and death, as described in the Christian bible. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

How do people celebrate Good Friday national noliday

To celebrate Good Friday, the Christian population in India attend special church services or pray on the festival, however, some people also fast or abstain from meat on this day. Christians also hold parades or open-air plays to portray the last days and hours of Jesus’ life in some areas of India. As per reports, Good Friday is a day of sadness, in which churches are empty and dark and services are held in the afternoon. Churches in India have a bitter drink prepared from leaves, vinegar, and other ingredients and is given to everyone to taste after the service.

Is Good Friday a Bank Holiday

Easter Monday, on the other hand, is a Public Holiday.  Employees who work or are required to work (i.e. rostered) on a public holiday are entitled to a paid day off on the public holiday, or a paid day off within a month: or an extra day’s annual leave; or an extra day’s pay as the employer may decide.

Employees who are not normally required to work or are not rostered to work on a public holiday will be entitled to one fifth of the normal weekly rate of remuneration for the public holiday.

When Is Good Friday and is it a Bank Holiday?

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter and being a “moveable feast” means the date changes every year. Given we also have Easter Monday as a bank holiday (except in Scotland) this means we have a full four days holiday.

Yes, Good Friday is a bank holiday. Strictly speaking Good Friday is a common law public holiday and pre-dates the institution of bank holidays in the UK which began in 1871, but given that readers will no doubt have arrived at this page wondering if they have a day off on Good Friday, or can plan a holiday, then … yes, it is a public holiday.

Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus Christ was crucified and for many Christians is one of the most important times of year, covering the Easter weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday, when Jesus subsequently rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.

The following tables show Good Friday and Easter dates over the next few years:

Good Friday and Easter 2021

Date Day Holiday Coverage
2 Apr Fri Good Friday All UK
4 Apr Sun Easter Sunday (Not a bank holiday)
5 Apr Mon Easter Monday All UK (ex. Scotland)
Easter dates 2021

Good Friday and Easter 2022

Date Day Holiday Coverage
15 Apr Fri Good Friday All UK
17 Apr Sun Easter Sunday (Not a bank holiday)
18 Apr Mon Easter Monday All UK (ex. Scotland)
Easter dates 2022

Good Friday and Eater 2023

Date Day Holiday Coverage
7 Apr Fri Good Friday All UK
9 Apr Sun Easter Sunday (Not a bank holiday)
10 Apr Mon Easter Monday All UK (ex. Scotland)
Easter dates 2023

Good Friday and Eater 2024

Date Day Holiday Coverage
29 Mar Fri Good Friday All UK
31 Mar Sun Easter Sunday (Not a bank holiday)
1 Apr Mon Easter Monday All UK (ex. Scotland)
Easter dates 2024

Why is Good Friday Called Good Friday?

“Good” Friday seems rather an odd name for what is a particularly sad moment in history.

Some see it as a corruption of “God’s Friday” or Gottes Freitag in German or Gute Freitag (Good Friday), other cultures call it Holy, Black, Great, Long and Silent. According to Wikipedia the Oxford English Dictionary supports the first etymology, giving “of a day or season observed as holy by the church” as an archaic sense of good (good, adj. 8c), and providing examples of good tide meaning “Christmas” or “Shrove Tuesday”, and Good Wednesday meaning the Wednesday in Holy Week.

Good friday for christian religious with cross Vector Image

However, Jesus is also regarded as a saviour to Christians and his death marked the start of a new religion: Christianity. As such people rejoice in being saved, at being shown the light or the right path, and ipso facto it is recognised as a particularly good day – the start of a new era.

Hot Cross Buns

At this time of year it is customary in the UK to eat “hot cross buns”, a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top.

Hot cross buns

According to quoting John Ayto’s An A-Z of Food & Drink, “The practice of eating special small cakes at the time of the Spring festival seems to date back at least to the ancient Greeks, but the English custom of eating spiced buns on Good Friday was perhaps institutionalized in Tudor times, when a London bylaw was introduced forbidding the sale of such buns except on Good Friday, at Christmas, and at burials. The first intimation we have of a cross appearing on the bun, in remembrance of Christ’s cross, comes in Poor Robin’s Amanack (1733): Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs, with one or two a penny hot cross buns’ (a version of the once familiar street-dry “One-a-penny, two-a penny, hot cross buns’). At this stage the cross was presumably simply incised with a knife, rather than piped on in pastry, as is the modern commercial practice. As yet, too, the name of such buns was just cross buns: James Boswell recorded in his Life of Johnson (1791): 9 Apr. An. 1773 Being Good Friday I breakfasted with him and cross-buns.’ The fact that they were generally sold hot, however, seems to have led by the early nineteenth century to the incorporation of hot into their name.”

Can You Take a Day Off on Good Friday?

Whether you are entitled to a day off or not is another question. Employers aren’t legally obliged to give staff time off and neither do they have to pay time-and-half or double time. Both these issues will be stipulated in an employment contract.

In terms of terminology, a bank holiday is derived from statute law, while a public holiday is derived from common law. For a more detailed history of bank holidays in the UK please click here, and for a complete list of bank and public holidays in England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Good Friday has been celebrated in the UK for centuries. In the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 it was added as a bank holiday in Scotland but not in England and Wales as, to quote Wikipedia, “The Act did not include Good Friday and Christmas Day as bank holidays in England, Wales, or Ireland because they were already recognised as common law holidays: they had been customary holidays since before records began.”

Why is Good Friday a state holiday?

While most people will be working on Good Friday, it’s a holiday for state employees.

State offices and courts will be closed.

Connecticut is one of 12 states that recognize Good Friday as holiday. The others are Texas, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and North Dakota.

How did Good Friday – a major Christian holiday – become a state holiday?

In 2009, the state Legislature asked that same question.

In a report by Chief Legislative Analyst Kristin Sullivan, it was found “Either the governor or the law may designate a legal state holiday. The governor designates Good Friday and it appears this has been the case for over 100 years. Thus, we cannot provide a legislative history on a law designating Good Friday.”

“We searched the State Register and Manual and found that since at least 1906, Connecticut governors have so designated Good Friday. They have also designated Thanksgiving Day. The law currently designates as legal holidays New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, and Christmas.”

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