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.
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.
Good Friday is a public holiday in New Zealand so schools, government offices and many businesses are closed.
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.
The cross is a popular Good Friday symbol. It is a reminder of the cross that Jesus died on
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Good Friday Observances
|Fri||Apr 2||2010||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Apr 22||2011||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Apr 6||2012||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Mar 29||2013||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Apr 18||2014||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Apr 3||2015||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Mar 25||2016||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Apr 14||2017||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Mar 30||2018||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Apr 19||2019||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Fri||Apr 10||2020||Good Friday||National holiday|
Quick FactsGood Friday is two days before Easter Sunday and is a public holiday in New Zealand.
Good Friday 2017Friday, April 14, 2017
Good Friday 2018Friday, March 30, 2018
Name in other languages
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 17, 2017
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Easter Day – Sunday, April 16, 2017
Other holidays in April 2018 in New Zealand
- Easter Day – Sunday, April 1, 2018
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 2, 2018
- ANZAC Day – Wednesday, April 25, 2018