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Good Friday in Ireland

Quick Facts

Good Friday is an occasion for Christians to commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. It is a day of rest and Christian worship in the Republic of Ireland.

Local names

NameLanguage
Good FridayEnglish
Aoine an ChéastaIrish
KarfreitagGerman

Good Friday 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015
List of dates for other years

Good Friday (Aoine an Chéasta) is an occasion for Christians, particularly Catholics, to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. In the Republic of Ireland, it is a traditional day of rest and Christian worship, but not a public holiday.

Depiction of Jesus carrying the cross up the hill.

The cross is often used to symbolize Jesus and his crucifixion on Good Friday.

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What do people do?

Lent is a period that starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Lent in Ireland is a period of self denial for many people. They may choose to avoid meat, sweets, or television and save money by abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes. Some people give the money that they saved to charity.

Some Christians attend a special prayer services or spend much of the day in personal prayer or meditation on Good Friday. People may also prepare for Easter Sunday by cleaning their homes, having their hair cut or buying new clothes. Other people take advantage of the start of the long Easter weekend by taking a short vacation in Ireland or abroad.

Public life

Good Friday is not a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. However, it is a day of rest and Christian worship. Schools and many businesses and organizations are closed or close earlier than normal. Public transport services generally run to their usual timetables, but travelers should check these carefully.

The sale of alcohol is prohibited in the Republic of Ireland on Good Friday. Off-licensed pubs and many restaurants are closed. It can be difficult to find a place to eat outside of private homes and hotels on Good Friday.

Background

Many Christians observe Good Friday by remembering Jesus Christ's crucifixion, which occurred sometime around the year 32 CE (although various sources have debated on the date of Jesus' death). It is a day of prayer and mourning in preparation for the Easter Sunday celebrations.

Symbols

Crosses and images of Jesus at or after his crucifixion are common symbols of Good Friday. Crosses may be made of wood, metal or plant material and are displayed in homes, churches and public places.

About Good Friday in other countries

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Good Friday Observances

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