GOOD FRIDAY/SPRING TRIVIA
Another superstition about Hot Cross Buns maintains that if you share a hot cross bun with someone, while you recite a special rhyme, you will remain friends for a year. “Half for you and half for me, between us two shall goodwill be”. Rather nice I think.
How about this for a superstition. Getting a haircut on Good Friday prevents headaches for the rest of the year. Unlikely, but worth a try!
In Jamaica, the custom is to crack an egg and add the egg white only to a glass of water. Leave it so that the rising sun heats the egg. Patterns will form in the water as the white solidifies. Tradition says that this will predict the manner in which you will die!! Not too cheerful.
In the United States, Good Friday is not an official holiday. Schools and banks may be closed in some states, but Good Friday is not actually observed across the country. Only 12 states acknowledge Good Friday.
Depending on your beliefs, Lent (a 40-day religious sacrifice period) finishes on Good Friday. Followed by church services and feasting.
In New Zealand, TV and radio ads are banned between the hours of 6am and 12.00pm on Good Friday. This is to honour the religious day. They also do this on Christmas, Easter Day and Anzac Day. On a particularly slow news day on Good Friday, back in 1930, BBC radio announced that “There is no news!”. These days it is unheard of that there is no news. Back then, things were different. At 20.45 on 18th April, 1930 the newsreader declared that as there was no news, piano music would be played. And it was, for the remainder of the day!
In Ireland, alcohol sales were banned on Good Friday, a tradition that had held true for a century. However, in 2018 Irish pubs were allowed to open on Good Friday for the first time. This was not only appreciated by the people but tourism benefitted greatly too.
Churches across the world ring in the special day with 33 bells tolls in remembrance of Christ’s years on Earth and to also commemorate his death.
Authors Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor did their history homework and found that the very first Good Friday was Friday, April 3, A.D. 33.
There is not usually a mass or Eucharist on Good Friday. Instead, the absence of mass honors the Passion and passing of Christ. The Thursday before Easter is also celebrated and is known as Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday. Maundy derives from the Latin word “mandatum” meaning commandment. It is said to symbolize the commandment given by Jesus at the Last Supper. Also, the following Saturday after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday is celebrated. It is known as Holy Saturday. In fact, the entire week before Easter is known as Holy Week and commences on Palm Sunday.
Whatever your faith, wherever you are, we hope you have a great weekend. Here at Orlando Rent A Villa, we are fully booked. Which is fantastic! We are now taking bookings for the quieter weeks after Easter. Browse our inventory of rental villas and make your next vacation magical in every way.