Good Friday in Italy
What Do People Do?
Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday (Venerdì Santo) in Italy. Some Italians eat only fish as part of a fasting ritual on Good Friday. Statues in many Italian churches are cloaked in black or purple covers. Large processions, where people carry religious symbols such as crosses, take place in areas such as the Chieti province in Abruzzo.
Good Friday is not a national public holiday in Italy, but roads may be congested later in the day as people start to prepare for the long Easter weekend.
Some historians believe that the Good Friday procession in Chieti has origins that can be traced back to around 842 CE. In fact, Good Friday is known to be one of the oldest Christian holidays observed worldwide. It was a day of fasting during the early years, which was associated with the crucifixion later in history.
Some churches in Italy observe Good Friday by a feet-washing ritual in which a priest washes the feet of 12 church members, symbolizing Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.
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Quick FactsGood Friday is part of the Easter period observed by many people in Italy.
Good Friday 2016Friday, March 25, 2016
Good Friday 2017Friday, April 14, 2017
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Other holidays in March 2016 in Italy
United Nation Holidays on March 25, 2016
- International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
- International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members