Orthodox Good Friday in the United Kingdom
Many Orthodox Christian churches in the United Kingdom often observe Good Friday at a later date than the Good Friday date observed by many western churches. Good Friday focuses on Jesus Christ’s death, which is described in the Christian bible. The day is also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday, and Holy and Great Friday.
What Do People Do?
Great Friday is traditionally a mourning and fasting day among Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom, particularly in the Greek Orthodox churches. The day commemorates Jesus’ death by crucifixion. It is a day of serious observance that takes place prior to Easter Sunday.
Some churches, including many Romanian Orthodox churches, hold liturgies in the afternoon or evening. Some women wear black clothing and headscarves during these liturgies. Hymns are also sung and prayers are made. Some people light candles and say a prayer for both the living and the dead on this day.
The Orthodox date for Good Friday is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. However parking conditions may be affected near churches where Great Friday liturgies are held, particularly in busy urban areas.
Many Orthodox churches retained the Julian calendar after the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Europe in 1582. Therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches. Easter holidays, such as Good Friday, are “moveable feasts” as these dates change according to calendar calculations.
There are different types of Orthodox churches in the United Kingdom, including the Greek Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Congregation numbers have grown in these churches due to immigration. Many Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom are immigrants or descendents of immigrants from countries such as Greece, Romania and Russia. It is believed that Greek immigrants started arriving in London during the late 17th century. The United Kingdom experienced a surge of immigrants, especially from Greece and Russia, during the 20th century. They brought with them their customs, traditions, and religious observances.
Many Orthodox Christian families prepare Easter eggs, which are beautifully decorated and often dyed red to symbolize the Jesus Christ’s blood.
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Orthodox Good Friday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Apr 2||2010||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 22||2011||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 13||2012||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||May 3||2013||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 18||2014||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 10||2015||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 29||2016||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 14||2017||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 6||2018||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 26||2019||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Fri||Apr 17||2020||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
Quick FactsMany Orthodox Christians in the United Kingdom remember the events leading up to Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Great Friday, also known as Holy Friday.
Orthodox Good Friday 2017Friday, April 14, 2017
Orthodox Good Friday 2018Friday, April 6, 2018
Name in other languages
|Orthodox Good Friday||English|
- Orthodox Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, April 16, 2017
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, April 17, 2017
Other holidays in April 2018 in the United Kingdom
- Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 1, 2018
- Easter Monday – Monday, April 2, 2018
- Last day of Passover – Saturday, April 7, 2018
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, April 8, 2018
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, April 9, 2018
- Yom HaShoah – Wednesday, April 11, 2018
- Isra and Mi'raj – Friday, April 13, 2018
- Yom HaAtzmaut – Thursday, April 19, 2018
- St. George's Day – Monday, April 23, 2018