Good Friday in Canada in 2020

Good Friday in Canada in 2020
  How long until Good Friday?
This holiday next takes place in 205 days.
  Dates of Good Friday in Canada
2021 Apr 2
AlbertaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
ManitobaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
2020 Apr 10
AlbertaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
2019 Apr 19
AlbertaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
ManitobaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
2018 Mar 30
AlbertaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
ManitobaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
2017 Apr 14
AlbertaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
ManitobaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.
  Good Friday in other countries
Good Friday internationally
  Which regions observe Good Friday in 2020?
Alberta  AlbertaApr 10Regional Holiday
British Columbia  British ColumbiaApr 10Regional Holiday
New Brunswick  New BrunswickApr 10Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and Labrador  Newfoundland and LabradorApr 10Regional Holiday
Northwest Territories  Northwest TerritoriesApr 10Regional Holiday
Nova Scotia  Nova ScotiaApr 10Regional Holiday
Nunavut  NunavutApr 10Regional Holiday
Ontario  OntarioApr 10Regional Holiday
Prince Edward Island  Prince Edward IslandApr 10Regional Holiday
Quebec  QuebecApr 10Regional Holiday
Saskatchewan  SaskatchewanApr 10Regional Holiday
Yukon  YukonApr 10Regional Holiday

When is Good Friday?

Many countries observe Good Friday as a national holiday on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

Some countries observe the Orthodox calendar in which Good Friday may occur on a different date.

What is Good Friday?

The most important events in Christianity are the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God, and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity.

After the last supper, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, put on trial, sentenced to death. He was then tied and nailed by the wrists and feet to a large wooden cross and left to die. This is why the cross is used as a symbol of the Christian faith.

Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.

Why is it called 'Good Friday'?

At first glance, it seems a strange name for a day that marked such a terrible event as a crucifixion, but when we look at the origin of the name it becomes clearer... or it would if there was one origin that people could agree on. As it stands, you can take your pick from the following:

  • Some say it comes from the use of "Good" as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for "holy."
  • Others believe it stems from a corruption of the word "God," in much the same way that "Good Bye" comes from the phrase "God be with ye." So the name may be derived from 'God's Friday'.
  • Undoubtedly most Christians perceive the day as "good" because the message of Easter is of Christ's victory over sin, death, and the devil. Indeed, the New Testament is also known as the Gospel, which is Greek for 'Good News'.

Also, it also worth noting that this confusion over the name is mainly confined to Western European and North American Christians. Eastern Orthodox Christians call it "Great and Holy Friday. Around the rest of the world, it's known as Holy Friday in most Latin nations, 'Great Friday' by the Slavic peoples, "Friday of Mourning" in Germany and "Long Friday" in Norway.

Good Friday Traditions

Many Church services are held in the afternoon, usually between noon to 3pm, to remember the hours when Jesus was crucified on the cross.

Some churches observe the day by re-enacting the process of the cross in the rituals of stations of the cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus' life. Other churches may participate in Veneration of the Cross, a short ceremony in which Christians kneel before the cross and affirm their faith.

In Jerusalem, Christians follow in Jesus' footsteps and walk Via Dolorosa, the traditional path that led to the site of the crucifixion. Many who participate try to ritually bear the same weight Jesus did by carrying crosses on their backs.

Though it's not a public holiday in the Vatican or Italy, the Pope will say a mass at the Vatican before leads an annual public prayer of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome. A procession is then made to the Palatine Hill, accompanied by a huge cross covered in burning torches. 

Did you know?

Three facts about Good Friday

In 19th-century France, it was a symbol of free thinking to hold a sausage-eating party on Good Friday

Good Friday is also known by many other names such as Easter Friday, Black Friday, Great Friday, Holy Friday, Gottes Freitag or God’s Friday and Mourning Friday.

The very first Good Friday was on April 3rd 33AD.

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