So Valentine’s Day is over, St Patrick’s is nearly here and if you haven’t seen it yet, the Easter eggs, bunnies and decorations have begun to invade the store. This means one things and one thing alone of course, firstly anyone who was planning on dieting or going sugar free has a mountain ahead of them and secondly, if you are celebrating Easter this year then it is time to get in the spirit. We here at Sir Holiday want to do our bit to get you into the mood for Easter celebrations by exploring themes related to the holiday. Therefore, without any further ado let us explore a couple fun facts surrounding Good Friday.
Good Friday is the Christian holy day marking the event whereby Jesus Christ was crucified and passed away for the sins of all human beings. Good Friday is known by many names, including Easter Friday and Holy Friday; however there is a lot more to this holiday than meets the eye. For example, you can eat beaver meat on this day. Why beaver, well back several hundred years ago the Catholic Church was attempting to find an appropriate meal for the masses to have on this day of significance within the Church. They deemed that the beaver was most appropriate as it has not only land but water adaptations as well as exhibiting behavioural characteristics of water. Therefore, beaver meat can be consumed not only on Good Friday but throughout the period of Lent as well.
Many years ago in 1930 on a Good Friday the BBC reported that no newsworthy event occurred on that day, so rather than bore people with mundane or trivial stories, they planned the piano for the whole day. On the other hand if we travel back in time in 1788 there is far less merry news. In 1788 on Good Friday, the Church would not allow the church bells to be rung as means of an alarm, even though this was the accepted way of alerting people to danger during this time, due to the holy significance of the day. As a result of the decision by the church, a total of 856 homes burned to the ground.
Did you know that in certain areas within Germany on Good Friday every year no dancing whatsoever may take place during Easter Weekend? While the lack of dancing might seem like a bit of a downer, we found something that is definitely a positive. All the way over in New Zealand there is legislation prohibiting the airing of any business or retail related advertisements over Easter Weekend every year, the consequences for violation of this bill include being fined insane sums of money.
If we are considering something far more out there than most people’s tastes, then you should consider travelling to the Philippines. Here over Easter people can volunteer to experience Jesus’ final moments as they too are nailed to the cross and can experience the act of being crucified.
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