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Good Friday in Poland

Many churches in Poland observe Good Friday, which is the Friday before Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday (Wielkanoc), and Easter Monday. Good Friday commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death, which is told in the Christian bible.

Is Good Friday a Public Holiday?

Good Friday is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Depiction of Jesus carrying the cross up the hill.

Good Friday commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death, as told in the Christian bible.

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What Do People Do?

There are Good Friday processions that take place in some cities and towns in Poland. These processions commemorate the final moments of Jesus’ life before he was placed on the cross. Replicas of Jesus’ body are also seen in some churches. Some people also fast by not eating certain types of food (for example, red meat) on Good Friday.

Public Life

Good Friday is not an official public holiday in Poland, but some shops may have shorter opening hours. Some museums, theaters and tourist attractions may also be closed.

Background

Many Christians in Poland and in other countries worldwide observe Good Friday, which is the day Jesus Christ is believed to have died on the cross.

Symbols

The most important Good Friday symbol is the crucifix, or cross, which represents the way in which Jesus died. Some crosses bear a figure of Christ. Other symbols of Good Friday include black cloth used to cover the cross, paintings and statues in churches and some homes to signify mourning.

About Good Friday in other countries

Read more about Good Friday.

Good Friday Observances

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