Good Friday in Western Christianity Date in the current year: March 30, 2018

Good Friday in Western Christianity Good Friday is observed by Western Christians two days before Easter. This day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death on Calvary.

Good Friday is the day of fasting. Today Christians can have only one full meal and two collations, which even together are not equal to one meal. The fasting is very strict and eating meat is banned, that is why fish is typical in many places.

A three-part liturgy service makes the day. The Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion are done during Mass. In addition to liturgy services the Station of the Cross is also often prayed in the church or outside and it's mostly known as the Three Hours' Agony. The prayer begins at midday and ends at 3 p.m. In Malta, Puerto Rico, Spain, Philippines and Italy the prayer is followed by the procession with statues that represent the Passion of Christ.

In many countries Good Friday is a public or federal holiday. The schools and most businesses treat the day as the holiday. Most stores remain open, but they close earlier.

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