Blog: April 19 2019 | 18:00 PM

Good Friday Traditions From Some Countries in the World

322 Views
Facebook
Twitter
While Easter is a day for bright celebrations, Good Friday is a somber holiday before Easter. Considered one of the most important religious holidays by Christians, Good Friday (sometimes called Holy Friday or Great Friday) commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

For this reason, Christians all around the world honor Jesus’ sacrifice and death for their sins with celebrations that mimic his own suffering. That’s just a start to Good Friday traditions around some countries in the world.
 
 
Bermuda has one of the most unique Good Friday traditions. On this holy day, the locals celebrate by flying kites and eating a feast of codfish cakes and hot cross buns. Why fly kites on such a somber holiday? The high-flying kites are meant to symbolize Christ’s ascension to heaven.
 
 
 
During Easter Week, members of Catholic churches in El Salvador haul buckets of dyed sawdust to the streets. Then, on Good Friday, they turn the raw materials into colorful scenes called alfombras (“carpets”), which depict the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Soon after, a procession mimicking that of Jesus’ funeral takes place.
 
 
 
London is one of the best cities in which to celebrate the Easter holiday. On Good Friday every year, tens of thousands of Brits gather in London to watch a passion play depicting the crucifixion in Trafalgar Square. The 90-minute play is completely free and open to the public. If you can’t travel to London for the Easter weekend, the event’s two showings at noon and 3:15 p.m. are live-streamed online.
 
 
The annual Good Friday procession in Bensheim, Germany, is perhaps one of the biggest and most elaborate in the world. Every year on this holiday, families from the local Italian community put on a reenactment of the betrayal, sentencing, scourging, and death of Jesus in a theatrical and elaborate performance.
 
 
Because Ireland is a heavily Catholic country, for 90 years all pubs were ordered to be closed on Good Friday in observance of this somber holiday. However, in January 2018, the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday was lifted, allowing pubs and liquor stores to be open for the first time in nearly a century. However, some pub owners still keep their doors shut to honor this day and give their employees a much-needed day off.
 
 
All of Holy Week is a major holiday in Malta, and the celebrations reach a peak on Good Friday. Processions take place in towns and villages all around the country. The story of Good Friday and Easter is told during these walks, adding additional meaning to the honored days.
 
 
In Iztapalapa, Mexico, 4,000 actors reenact Christ’s walk to his death. One man, chosen for his character and strength, goes the extra mile by playing the role of Jesus. He wears a crown of thorns and is flogged in the streets, all while carrying a 200-pound cross.
 
 
As in many regions, Good Friday is a somber holiday in Peru. While Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are lively celebrations filled with traditional Peruvian cuisine, the anniversary of Jesus’ death is marked with small processions through the streets. In Lima, believers will flock to the painting of the crucifixion called the Lord of Miracles, which was painted by a slave in the 1600s and has since survived multiple earthquakes.
 
 
While men around the world volunteer to wear a crown of thorns and be tied to the cross, in Pampanga, Philippines, between three and 12 men are literally nailed to a cross every year to recreate the crucifixion of Jesus. The volunteers remain on the cross until they feel cleansed of sin.
 
 
Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is one of the biggest religious celebrations for Catholics in the world, and Spain is no exception. All across the country, brotherhoods of priests hold elaborate processionals. Perhaps the most intense is in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in which disciplines choose to self-flagellate as an act of faith.
 
 
Of course, the Holy Week is a massive celebration in Vatican City and Rome. On Good Friday, the Pope recites the Way of the Cross outside the Colosseum for Catholics from all across the world. A massive cross with torches burns in the sky and believers hold their own candles as the 14 Stations of the Cross, which depict Jesus’ path from sentencing through crucifixion to entombment, are read. It truly is one of the most glorious places to spend Easter weekend.
Points of sale
Head There!
Beirut Arrow Arrow
Virgin Megastores - Beirut Souks
Tel +961 1 991565 - 01 999 666 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores City Mall
Tel +961 1 887190 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores ABC Achrafieh
Tel +961 1 217810 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores - City Center
Tel +961 1 285394 | Pin Get directions
Virgin Megastores - ABC Verdun
Tel +961 1 795126 | Pin Get directions
Kesserwan Arrow Arrow
Casino du Liban
Tel +961 9 859 888 / 999 | Pin Get directions
Bookstop - TBO
Tel +961 9 930628 | Pin Get directions
Baakline Arrow Arrow
Hussam Bookshop - TBO
Tel +961 5 30 30 30 | Pin Get directions
North Metn Arrow Arrow
Virgin Megastores ABC Dbayeh
Tel +961 4 524359 | Pin Get directions
North Arrow Arrow
Daleel Akkar - TBO
Tel +961 6 695 618 | Pin Get directions
Ticketing Box-Office (Dar El-Chimal)
Tel +961 6.411311 | Pin Get directions
South Arrow Arrow
Al Ittihad Book Shop - TBO
Tel +961 7 720251 | Pin Get directions
Boudi Discotheque - TBO
Tel +961 7 752443 | Pin Get directions
Daher Travel
Tel 961 7 768267 | Pin Get directions
Mount Lebanon Arrow Arrow
Bekaa Arrow Arrow
Chtaura Park Hotel
Tel +961 8 540011 | Pin Get directions
2019
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Previous June Next
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Friday
June 07,2019
ABEER NEHME
09:00 PMCasino du Liban
KNOW MORE
Friday
June 14,2019
TANIA KASSIS
09:00 PMCasino du Liban
KNOW MORE
Thursday
June 20,2019
Guy Manoukian - Joseph Attieh
08:30 PMRachid Karameh Stadium
BUY TICKETS
Saturday
June 22,2019
Ziad Rahbani ...بما إنّو
08:00 PMNabu Museum
BUY TICKETS
Transportation for Ziad Rahbani -NABU concert
05:30 PMTransportation NABU
BUY TICKETS
Wael Kfoury
08:30 PMRachid Karameh Stadium
BUY TICKETS
Sunday
June 23,2019
Melhem Zein
08:30 PMRachid Karameh Stadium
BUY TICKETS
Friday
June 28,2019
PIAF - Le Spectacle
08:30 PMbatroun
BUY TICKETS
Saturday
June 29,2019
Obradovic International Clinic
28June (9AM till 6PM) - 29June(10AM till 5PM) | Champs
BUY TICKETS
Andrea Bocelli
06:30 PMThe Cedars
BUY TICKETS
Cedars Transportation - Bocelli
02:00 PMTransportation Cedars
BUY TICKETS
CHANTAL GOYA
04:30 PMThe New Biel - The Parks
BUY TICKETS
Sunday
June 30,2019
CHANTAL GOYA
04:30 PMThe New Biel - The Parks
BUY TICKETS
No Events!
Media Gallery
Previous Previous
Next Next
Guy Manoukian - Joseph Attieh
Thursday Jun 20,2019
View this event
 Ziad Rahbani ...بما إنّو
Saturday Jun 22,2019
View this event
Andre Bocelli
Saturday Jun 29,2019
View this event
STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE. DIRECT TO YOUR NEWSFEED BE THE FIRST TO GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES