Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

TGIF everyone! Today for many Catholics is the celebration of Good Friday which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Golgotha. Good Friday is not a government holiday in the United States but oddly enough the stock market is closed on today. Many Catholics celebrate today in silence. I bet you are wondering why I said celebrate since it was the day that Jesus died, but Catholics, meaning me do. Today we celebrate Jesus and we acknowledge the greatest sacrifice that was made by God to give us everlasting life.

Here are some interesting facts from Wikipedia on celebrations from around the world for today, Good Friday.

There is no horse racing on Good Friday in the UK. The BBC has for many years introduced its 7 am News broadcast on Radio 4 on Good Friday with a verse from Isaac Watts' hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross".

In Bermuda, kites are flown. They are often handmade with wooden sticks, colorful tissue paper, glue, and string. The shape of the kite and the use of wood is meant to symbolize the cross that Jesus died on. Also, the kite flying in the sky symbolizes his ascension to heaven.

How will you celebrate today?

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