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12 Facts About Good Friday

An up close shot of a hand tied to a wood plank.

The title probably caught you off-guard. What could you possibly not know about Good Friday, especially since you’ve celebrated it most of your life? This year, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers living in the rentals in Manhattan will line up for this weekend event without knowing these twelve interesting facts. Are you one of them?

1. The Name is a Little Ironic

The name Good Friday makes it sound as though this is a jolly occasion. For many here in the city, it means a sermon and dinner in any of their neighborhood’s finer restaurants. While the religious and semi-religious alike will celebrate, the day is actually about death and torture.

Christians and Catholics take this time to focus on the resurrection, which is most certainly a good thing in their religions. However, that event doesn’t take place on the calendar until Sunday. According to the Bible, the Friday prior is when Jesus was brutally tortured and murdered by the Romans.

2. It Isn’t an Official Holiday

It might be hard to believe, but only the Easter Sunday portion of the weekend is an official holiday here in the U.S. Despite this fact, schools and banks across the country shut down in observance of the day. There, however, twelve states that recognize Good Friday as one of their official holidays. Those include:
* Connecticut
* Delaware
* Florida
* Hawaii
* Indiana
* Kentucky
* Louisiana
* New Jersey
* North Carolina
* North Dakota
* Texas
* And Tennessee

3. There Are Good Friday Die-Hards

Your experience with the holiday is probably like millions of others around the world. However, certain extremists have and continue to take the holiday to a…unique level. Some individuals and church groups take part in Good Friday with literal reenactments of the Crucifixion where they nail themselves to a cross. That’s admirable dedication, if not a little too far out in left field for most.

4. The Celebration’s Roots

While Good Friday is celebrated in several parts of the world, most people have no idea when this holiday started. Two authors by the Name of Justin Taylor and Andreas Kostenberger were so curious about when the first Good Friday was celebrated that they dug as far back as they could to find out.

Their search turned up historical data from the Roman Empire. In 14 A.D., the emperor Tiberius created the holiday along with the Roman Catholic Church. It was first celebrated that year on Friday, April 3rd.

5. The 33 Bells

Like any holiday, Good Friday is steeped in tradition. While different regions have held on to certain traditions, almost all of them incorporate a life-sized image of the cross in one way or another. Living in New York, you’ve probably also heard bells going off at plenty of churches on this day. These bells are rung precisely 33 times at the end of service, once for each year of Jesus’ life.

6. Bermuda’s Kites

Speaking of traditions, some are little less common than others. In Bermuda, individuals fly kits on Good Friday to commemorate the resurrection. Why? Probably because they have stunning beaches to enjoy year-round, but the tradition dates back to the early 19th century.

7. Footloose in Real Life

The idea of a town actually banning dancing sounds ridiculous, but there’s one country in the world that forbids it on Good Friday. In Germany, citizens refer to it as Sourowful Day (or a day filled with sorrow). They reflect on the sadness of the crucifixion on Friday, making fun acts like dancing something most people frown upon.

8. One Intense Parade

In Quito, Ecuador, men called cucuruchos begin a parade every Good Friday by dressing up in purple robes and pointed masks. They are joined by Jesus impersonators who lug enormous wooden crosses through the streets. The event is called the Procession of the Penitents and draws in a crowd of 250,000 people. There’s no celebrating, though. The point of this barefoot march that often involves flogging is penance.

9. Good Wednesday

A short but fun fact that makes an excellent conversation starter is that not everyone celebrates Good Friday on Friday. Many Baptists and non-Protestant churches run on a slightly different religious calendar. These groups observe the Jewish sacrifice of the Passover Lamb, which takes place the Wednesday prior.

10. An Odd Occurrence

Ireland and drinking go hand in hand. Pubs are open year-round just like bars are here in the states, but grabbing a pint on Good Friday in Ireland is nearly impossible. Alcohol isn’t used to celebrate the religious holiday, causing most pubs to close their doors in honor of the date.

11. Eggy Myths

Speaking of Ireland, the country has two unique holiday myths about eggs. The first is that an egg laid on Good Friday will never rot. While it might sound ridiculous, individuals will hold onto chicken eggs for decades just to prove the myth true.

The second is that eating an egg on Easter Sunday that was laid on Good Friday comes with year-long health benefits. It’s considered good luck and practiced by most individuals no matter how religious they are.

12. Abstaining from Food

While most Ney Yorkers are ready to eat a delicious meal with family and friends once their Good Friday sermon is over, there are number of Christian denominations that fast for the weekend until their Easter feast.

Different groups practice different methods of fasting, too. Some forego food altogether and only allow water, while others permit a small meal or two each day leading up to an enormous feast. It’s an interesting practice that few people know takes place.

Rentals in Manhattan

Wherever you celebrate Good Friday, there’s nothing like returning home to comfort and luxury. 19 Dutch is a shimmering cultural jewel that soars 770 feet above the bustling city streets below. Welcome to the arrival of a new downtown, one that’s genuinely welcoming and warmly livable.

In-home concierge services cater to residents’ every need, while luxe modern finishes create an enviable appeal. From the fitness club with chilled towel service to the residents canteen and 64th floor sky lounge, take advantage of inspired amenities designed to cater to New York lifestyles.

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