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Good Friday in New Zealand

Good Friday is a religious and statutory public holiday in New Zealand. It is on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Many Christians remember Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday.

Depiction of Jesus carrying the cross up the hill.
The cross - a reminder of Jesus' suffering and death.
The cross - a reminder of Jesus' suffering and death.
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What Do People Do?

Good Friday is the start of a four-day weekend, which includes Easter Monday, in New Zealand. Many people go on short trips out of town or spend time with family. Many churches hold special services and some may hold long prayer vigils. Some churches, especially Catholic churches, see Good Friday as a fast day and people only eat three small meals and, often, no meat at all. Some people substitute meat with fish.

Public Life

Good Friday is a public holiday in New Zealand so schools, government offices and many businesses are closed.

Background

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is a day of mourning for Christians. It is an important date in church calendars, as the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are central events in Christian beliefs. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

Symbols

The cross is a popular Good Friday symbol. It is a reminder of the cross that Jesus died on

About Good Friday in other countries

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Good Friday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriApr 22010Good FridayNational holiday
FriApr 222011Good FridayNational holiday
FriApr 62012Good FridayNational holiday
FriMar 292013Good FridayNational holiday
FriApr 182014Good FridayNational holiday
FriApr 32015Good FridayNational holiday
FriMar 252016Good FridayNational holiday
FriApr 142017Good FridayNational holiday
FriMar 302018Good FridayNational holiday
FriApr 192019Good FridayNational holiday
FriApr 102020Good FridayNational holiday

Quick Facts

Good Friday is two days before Easter Sunday and is a public holiday in New Zealand.

Good Friday 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Good FridayEnglish
KarfreitagGerman
LangfredagNorwegian

List of dates for other years

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