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Good Friday

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.
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    My father was Greek Orthodox and Easter was only time he went to church. This a Greek town and so it is a big thing here. Friday night is dark clothes and they carry a casket like thing thru the street at midnight. They also have red candles that people carry. Then saturday night it is white candles and people wear their fancy bright clothes. They also shoot off fireworks which are now illigal to do but some still do it. Then go home for a lamb meal.
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