Orthodox Good Friday in Australia
Many Orthodox Christian churches in Australia often observe Good Friday at a later date than the Good Friday date observed by many western churches. Good Friday focuses on Jesus Christ’s death, which is described in the Christian bible. The day is also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday, and Holy and Great Friday.
What Do People Do?
Holy Friday is traditionally a mourning and fasting day among Orthodox Christians in Australia, particularly in the Greek Orthodox churches. The day commemorates Jesus’ death by crucifixion. Spring flowers are often collected for the epitaph (bier) at church. Evening or late afternoon liturgies are held, followed by the procession of the epitaph in some churches where the evening ends with a candlelit procession of the epitaph through the streets.
The Orthodox Christian date for Good Friday is not a federal public holiday in Australia. However parking conditions may be affected near churches where Great Friday liturgies are held, particularly in busy urban areas.
Many Orthodox churches retained the Julian calendar after the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Europe in 1582. Therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches. Easter holidays, such as Good Friday, are “moveable feasts” as these dates change according to calendar calculations.
There are different types of Orthodox churches in Australia, including the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church. There are many Greek Orthodox Christians in Australia. The federal government’s 2006 census recorded that there were 109,980 Greece-born people in Australia, with the largest numbers in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland. The census also showed that 100,460 Greece-born Australians are of the Eastern Orthodox faith.
Many Orthodox Christian families prepare Easter eggs, which are beautifully decorated and often dyed red to symbolize the Jesus Christ’s blood.
About Orthodox Good Friday in other countriesRead more about Orthodox Good Friday.
Orthodox Good Friday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Apr 2||2010||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 22||2011||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 13||2012||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||May 3||2013||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 18||2014||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 10||2015||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 29||2016||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 14||2017||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 6||2018||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 26||2019||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 17||2020||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
Quick FactsMany Orthodox Christians in Australia remember the events leading up to Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Great Friday.
Orthodox Good Friday 2016Friday, April 29, 2016
Orthodox Good Friday 2017Friday, April 14, 2017
Name in other languages
|Orthodox Good Friday||English|
- Orthodox Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 30, 2016
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
Other holidays in April 2016 in Australia
- First day of Passover – Saturday, April 23, 2016
- ANZAC Day – Monday, April 25, 2016
- Last day of Passover – Saturday, April 30, 2016