Friday, March 29, 2013
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is the most solemn day in the Christian calendar. It falls on the last Friday before Easter. It is the pinnacle of the Holy Week. All Christians observe this day with great humility and reverence. Good Friday rituals and traditions are distinct from every other Church observances. They add to Good Friday's significance. The ceremony is somber, with priests and deacons dressing in black vestments. The pulpit and the altar are bare; no candles are lit. The purpose behind the solemn presentation is to create an awareness of grief over the sacrifice of God's only begotten Son. Today, many churches hold special services on Good Friday evening to commemorate this important day.
Today is a public holiday. The tradition in the Bahamas is to eat Fried Fish and Hot Cross Buns. You are supposed to fast until after church (usually about 3p.m.) and then have the Fish and Buns. People where dark colours to church. It's interesting that 20 years ago the tradition of frying fish was strong but with fish being so expensive and I guess newer religions and thoughts entering the culture, the observance is not as strong.