As a nation of increasing atheism, its funny how all of our public holidays are religious affairs, which we all observe despite our religious feeling.
Good Friday, according to Wiki :
“…. is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduumon the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.”
Got that? So in effect most people do not know the religious connetation behind the holiday other than that they know to spend it away from work or study.
I suppose its much the same as Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday, a day in which we stuff our faces with a big plate of pancakes. The religious aspect of it is that come Ash Wednesday you’re supposed to go on a fast – for Lent.
And don’t get me started about the true meaning of Christmas.
Back to Good Friday. Ok, for the Atheists Wiki should maybe read :
“Good Friday is a holiday observed primarily by people who want a break from work by commemorating the crucifixion of their own liver – down the pub. The holiday is observed during Easter bunny Week as part of the Chocolate egg feast and may coincide with the ITV4 observance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”