Good Friday is today 15th of April
But the day comes with many customs, including the traditional meal of fish.
Why should you eat fish on Good Friday?
According to Christianity Jesus sacrificed his own flesh on Good Friday, so the rule is to avoid eating meat on this day.
The church in the medieval era decreed that meat from warm-blooded animals should be avoided every Friday, and also on Wednesdays during Lent, and historically this was a rule Catholics followed.
This was changed in the 1960s by The Second Vatican Council, which decreed that it is now only guidance to avoid meat on Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday as well as Ash Wednesday .
While many Catholics stopped abstaining from meat throughout the year, some do still adhere to the old rule.
The preferred alternative is usually fish, which is also symbolic in Christianity.
The Bible says Jesus performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 people with only two fish and five loaves of bread (Miraculous fishing).
Christians also often used the fish symbol to identify themselves and one another during periods of oppression.
Many of Jesus’s disciples were also fishermen, including St Peter, and the food was widely available at the time as they lived near the Sea of Galilee.
Good Friday commemorates The Passion – the biblical story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary – before his resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday.
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Although the precise date of Christ’s death is a source of much debate, biblical scholars tend to be in agreement that it came on a Friday on or near Passover, between 30-33AD.
According to the Bible, Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples on what is Thursday.
He was then betrayed by his follower Judas Iscariot, who revealed his location to Roman soldiers in return for 30 pieces of silver.
The New Testament’s four canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all conclude with a detailed account from Jesus’s arrest to his eventual death.
Christ first faced a trial with the Jewish judicial body of the Sanhedrin, before a further hearing at the court of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea.
Although the Jewish authorities found him guilty of the blasphemous claim that he was the son of God, Pilate was unconvinced that his crimes warranted capital punishment.
However, the Roman leader was influenced by the gathered crowds, and despite literally “washing his hands” of the matter, he handed the prisoner over to be crucified.
The Bible says that it took Jesus six hours to die on the cross at Calvary, outside Jerusalem, ending his life with the words: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
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