Good Friday around the world in 2025

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2025 Various Apr 18
American SamoaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
AndorraFri, Apr 18National Holiday
AngolaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
AnguillaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
ArgentinaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
ArubaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
AustraliaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
AustriaFri, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
BahamasFri, Apr 18National Holiday
BarbadosFri, Apr 18National Holiday
BelizeFri, Apr 18National Holiday
BermudaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
BoliviaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
BotswanaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
BrazilFri, Apr 18National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
CameroonFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Canada Apr 18
AlbertaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ManitobaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Cape VerdeFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Cayman IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
ChileFri, Apr 18National Holiday
ColombiaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Cook IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Costa RicaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
CubaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
CuraçaoFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Czech RepublicFri, Apr 18National Holiday
DenmarkFri, Apr 18National Holiday
DominicaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Dominican RepublicFri, Apr 18National Holiday
East TimorFri, Apr 18National Holiday
EcuadorFri, Apr 18National Holiday
El SalvadorFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Equatorial GuineaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
EstoniaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
EswatiniFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Falkland IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Faroe IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
FijiFri, Apr 18National Holiday
FinlandFri, Apr 18National Holiday
FranceFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
French GuianaFri, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
French PolynesiaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GambiaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GermanyFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GhanaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GibraltarFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GreenlandFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GrenadaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GuadeloupeFri, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
GuatemalaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GuernseyFri, Apr 18National Holiday
GuyanaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
HaitiFri, Apr 18National Holiday
HondurasFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Apr 18National Holiday
HungaryFri, Apr 18National Holiday
IcelandFri, Apr 18National Holiday
India Apr 18
Andhra PradeshFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
IndonesiaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
IrelandFri, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManFri, Apr 18National Holiday
JamaicaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
JerseyFri, Apr 18National Holiday
KenyaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
KiribatiFri, Apr 18National Holiday
LatviaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
LebanonFri, Apr 18National Holiday
LesothoFri, Apr 18National Holiday
LiechtensteinFri, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
LuxembourgFri, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
MacauFri, Apr 18National Holiday
MalawiFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Malaysia Apr 18
SabahFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SarawakFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
MaltaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
MexicoFri, Apr 18National Holiday
MontserratFri, Apr 18National Holiday
NamibiaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
NetherlandsFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
New ZealandFri, Apr 18National Holiday
NicaraguaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
NigeriaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
NorwayFri, Apr 18National Holiday
PanamaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Papua New GuineaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
ParaguayFri, Apr 18National Holiday
PeruFri, Apr 18National Holiday
PhilippinesFri, Apr 18National Holiday
PortugalFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Puerto RicoFri, Apr 18National Holiday
RwandaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Saint LuciaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Saint MartinFri, Apr 18Not A Public Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesFri, Apr 18National Holiday
SamoaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
SeychellesFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Sierra LeoneFri, Apr 18National Holiday
SingaporeFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Sint MaartenFri, Apr 18National Holiday
SlovakiaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Solomon IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
South AfricaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
South SudanFri, Apr 18National Holiday
SpainFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Sri LankaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
SurinameFri, Apr 18National Holiday
SwedenFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Switzerland Apr 18
AargauFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
BernFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
FribourgFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GenevaFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GlarusFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
GraubündenFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
JuraFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
LucerneFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
NidwaldenFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ObwaldenFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SchwyzFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
SolothurnFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
St. GallenFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ThurgauFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
UriFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
VaudFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ZugFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
ZurichFri, Apr 18Regional Holiday
São Tomé and PríncipeFri, Apr 18National Holiday
TanzaniaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
TongaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoFri, Apr 18National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
TuvaluFri, Apr 18National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsFri, Apr 18National Holiday
USA Apr 18
ConnecticutFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
DelawareFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
HawaiiFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
IndianaFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
KentuckyFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
LouisianaFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
New JerseyFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
North CarolinaFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
North DakotaFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
TennesseeFri, Apr 18Government Holiday
UgandaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
United KingdomFri, Apr 18National Holiday
UruguayFri, Apr 18National Holiday
VanuatuFri, Apr 18National Holiday
VenezuelaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
ZambiaFri, Apr 18National Holiday
ZimbabweFri, Apr 18National Holiday
2024 Various Mar 29
American SamoaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
AndorraFri, Mar 29National Holiday
AngolaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
AnguillaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
ArgentinaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
ArubaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
AustraliaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
AustriaFri, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
BahamasFri, Mar 29National Holiday
BarbadosFri, Mar 29National Holiday
BelizeFri, Mar 29National Holiday
BermudaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
BoliviaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
BotswanaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
BrazilFri, Mar 29National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
CameroonFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Canada Mar 29
AlbertaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ManitobaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Cape VerdeFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Cayman IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
ChileFri, Mar 29National Holiday
ColombiaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Cook IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Costa RicaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
CubaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
CuraçaoFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Czech RepublicFri, Mar 29National Holiday
DenmarkFri, Mar 29National Holiday
DominicaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Dominican RepublicFri, Mar 29National Holiday
East TimorFri, Mar 29National Holiday
EcuadorFri, Mar 29National Holiday
El SalvadorFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Equatorial GuineaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
EstoniaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
EswatiniFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Falkland IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Faroe IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
FijiFri, Mar 29National Holiday
FinlandFri, Mar 29National Holiday
FranceFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
French GuianaFri, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
French PolynesiaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GambiaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GermanyFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GhanaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GibraltarFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GreenlandFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GrenadaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GuadeloupeFri, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
GuatemalaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GuernseyFri, Mar 29National Holiday
GuyanaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
HaitiFri, Mar 29National Holiday
HondurasFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Mar 29National Holiday
HungaryFri, Mar 29National Holiday
IcelandFri, Mar 29National Holiday
India Mar 29
Andhra PradeshFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
IndonesiaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
IrelandFri, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManFri, Mar 29National Holiday
JamaicaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
JerseyFri, Mar 29National Holiday
KenyaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
KiribatiFri, Mar 29National Holiday
LatviaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
LebanonFri, Mar 29National Holiday
LesothoFri, Mar 29National Holiday
LiechtensteinFri, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
LuxembourgFri, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
MacauFri, Mar 29National Holiday
MalawiFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Malaysia Mar 29
SabahFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
SarawakFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MaltaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
MexicoFri, Mar 29National Holiday
MontserratFri, Mar 29National Holiday
NamibiaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
NetherlandsFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
New ZealandFri, Mar 29National Holiday
NicaraguaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
NigeriaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
NorwayFri, Mar 29National Holiday
PanamaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Papua New GuineaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
ParaguayFri, Mar 29National Holiday
PeruFri, Mar 29National Holiday
PhilippinesFri, Mar 29National Holiday
PortugalFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Puerto RicoFri, Mar 29National Holiday
RwandaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Saint LuciaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Saint MartinFri, Mar 29Not A Public Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesFri, Mar 29National Holiday
SamoaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
SeychellesFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Sierra LeoneFri, Mar 29National Holiday
SingaporeFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Sint MaartenFri, Mar 29National Holiday
SlovakiaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Solomon IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
South AfricaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
South SudanFri, Mar 29National Holiday
SpainFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Sri LankaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
SurinameFri, Mar 29National Holiday
SwedenFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Switzerland Mar 29
AargauFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
BernFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
FribourgFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GenevaFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GlarusFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GraubündenFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
JuraFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
LucerneFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
NidwaldenFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ObwaldenFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
SchwyzFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
SolothurnFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
St. GallenFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ThurgauFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
UriFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
VaudFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ZugFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ZurichFri, Mar 29Regional Holiday
São Tomé and PríncipeFri, Mar 29National Holiday
TanzaniaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
TongaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoFri, Mar 29National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
TuvaluFri, Mar 29National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsFri, Mar 29National Holiday
USA Mar 29
ConnecticutFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
DelawareFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
HawaiiFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
IllinoisFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
IndianaFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
KentuckyFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
LouisianaFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
New JerseyFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
North CarolinaFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
North DakotaFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
TennesseeFri, Mar 29Government Holiday
UgandaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
United KingdomFri, Mar 29National Holiday
UruguayFri, Mar 29National Holiday
VanuatuFri, Mar 29National Holiday
VenezuelaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
ZambiaFri, Mar 29National Holiday
ZimbabweFri, Mar 29National Holiday
2023 Various Apr 7
American SamoaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
AndorraFri, Apr 7National Holiday
AngolaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
AnguillaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
ArgentinaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
ArubaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
AustraliaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
AustriaFri, Apr 7Not A Public Holiday
BahamasFri, Apr 7National Holiday
BarbadosFri, Apr 7National Holiday
BelizeFri, Apr 7National Holiday
BermudaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
BoliviaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
BotswanaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
BrazilFri, Apr 7National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
CameroonFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Canada Apr 7
AlbertaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ManitobaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Cape VerdeFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Cayman IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
ChileFri, Apr 7National Holiday
ColombiaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Cook IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Costa RicaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
CubaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
CuraçaoFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Czech RepublicFri, Apr 7National Holiday
DenmarkFri, Apr 7National Holiday
DominicaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Dominican RepublicFri, Apr 7National Holiday
East TimorFri, Apr 7National Holiday
EcuadorFri, Apr 7National Holiday
El SalvadorFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Equatorial GuineaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
EstoniaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
EswatiniFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Falkland IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Faroe IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
FijiFri, Apr 7National Holiday
FinlandFri, Apr 7National Holiday
FranceFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
French GuianaFri, Apr 7Not A Public Holiday
French PolynesiaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GambiaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GermanyFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GhanaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GibraltarFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GreenlandFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GrenadaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GuadeloupeFri, Apr 7Not A Public Holiday
GuatemalaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GuernseyFri, Apr 7National Holiday
GuyanaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
HaitiFri, Apr 7National Holiday
HondurasFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Apr 7National Holiday
HungaryFri, Apr 7National Holiday
IcelandFri, Apr 7National Holiday
India Apr 7
Andhra PradeshFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
IndonesiaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
IrelandFri, Apr 7Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManFri, Apr 7National Holiday
JamaicaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
JerseyFri, Apr 7National Holiday
KenyaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
KiribatiFri, Apr 7National Holiday
LatviaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
LebanonFri, Apr 7National Holiday
LesothoFri, Apr 7National Holiday
LiechtensteinFri, Apr 7Not A Public Holiday
LuxembourgFri, Apr 7Not A Public Holiday
MacauFri, Apr 7National Holiday
MalawiFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Malaysia Apr 7
SabahFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
SarawakFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
MaltaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
MexicoFri, Apr 7National Holiday
MontserratFri, Apr 7National Holiday
NamibiaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
NetherlandsFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
New ZealandFri, Apr 7National Holiday
NicaraguaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
NigeriaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
NorwayFri, Apr 7National Holiday
PanamaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Papua New GuineaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
ParaguayFri, Apr 7National Holiday
PeruFri, Apr 7National Holiday
PhilippinesFri, Apr 7National Holiday
PortugalFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Puerto RicoFri, Apr 7National Holiday
RwandaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Saint Kitts and NevisFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Saint LuciaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Saint MartinFri, Apr 7Not A Public Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesFri, Apr 7National Holiday
SamoaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
SeychellesFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Sierra LeoneFri, Apr 7National Holiday
SingaporeFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Sint MaartenFri, Apr 7National Holiday
SlovakiaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Solomon IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
South AfricaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
South SudanFri, Apr 7National Holiday
SpainFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Sri LankaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
SurinameFri, Apr 7National Holiday
SwedenFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Switzerland Apr 7
AargauFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
BernFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
FribourgFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
GenevaFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
GlarusFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
GraubündenFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
JuraFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
LucerneFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
NidwaldenFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ObwaldenFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
SchwyzFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
SolothurnFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
St. GallenFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ThurgauFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
UriFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
VaudFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ZugFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
ZurichFri, Apr 7Regional Holiday
São Tomé and PríncipeFri, Apr 7National Holiday
TanzaniaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
TongaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoFri, Apr 7National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
TuvaluFri, Apr 7National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsFri, Apr 7National Holiday
USA Apr 7
ConnecticutFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
DelawareFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
HawaiiFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
IndianaFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
KentuckyFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
LouisianaFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
New JerseyFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
North CarolinaFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
North DakotaFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
TennesseeFri, Apr 7Government Holiday
UgandaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
United KingdomFri, Apr 7National Holiday
UruguayFri, Apr 7National Holiday
VanuatuFri, Apr 7National Holiday
VenezuelaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
ZambiaFri, Apr 7National Holiday
ZimbabweFri, Apr 7National Holiday
2022 Various Apr 15
American SamoaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
AndorraFri, Apr 15National Holiday
AngolaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
AnguillaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Antigua and BarbudaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
ArgentinaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
ArubaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
AustraliaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
BahamasFri, Apr 15National Holiday
BarbadosFri, Apr 15National Holiday
BelizeFri, Apr 15National Holiday
BermudaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
BoliviaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Bosnia and HerzegovinaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
BotswanaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
BrazilFri, Apr 15National Holiday
British Virgin IslandsFri, Apr 15National Holiday
CameroonFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Canada Apr 15
AlbertaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
British ColumbiaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
New BrunswickFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Newfoundland and LabradorFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Northwest TerritoriesFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Nova ScotiaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
NunavutFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
OntarioFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Prince Edward IslandFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
QuebecFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
SaskatchewanFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
YukonFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Cayman IslandsFri, Apr 15National Holiday
ChileFri, Apr 15National Holiday
ColombiaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Cook IslandsFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Costa RicaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
CubaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
CuraçaoFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Czech RepublicFri, Apr 15National Holiday
DenmarkFri, Apr 15National Holiday
DominicaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Dominican RepublicFri, Apr 15National Holiday
East TimorFri, Apr 15National Holiday
EcuadorFri, Apr 15National Holiday
El SalvadorFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Equatorial GuineaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
EstoniaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
EswatiniFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Falkland IslandsFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Faroe IslandsFri, Apr 15National Holiday
FijiFri, Apr 15National Holiday
FinlandFri, Apr 15National Holiday
FranceFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
French GuianaFri, Apr 15Not A Public Holiday
French PolynesiaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GambiaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GermanyFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GhanaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GibraltarFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GreenlandFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GrenadaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GuadeloupeFri, Apr 15Not A Public Holiday
GuatemalaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GuernseyFri, Apr 15National Holiday
GuyanaFri, Apr 15National Holiday
HaitiFri, Apr 15National Holiday
HondurasFri, Apr 15National Holiday
Hong KongFri, Apr 15National Holiday
HungaryFri, Apr 15National Holiday
IcelandFri, Apr 15National Holiday
India Apr 15
Andhra PradeshFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Apr 15Regional Holiday
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Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.

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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. 

Alfombras in Central America

In some Central American countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the streets are decorated with vividly hued designs along the route of Good Friday processions. The tradition of creating these “alfombras,” Spanish for carpet or rug, originated in Spain’s Andalusia region. The practice crossed the pond with missionaries more than 400 years ago. The patterns often depict religious or natural images, created from brightly coloured sawdust. Alfombras are not meant to endure. The patterns disappear beneath the feet of the marchers and spectators.

Hot Cross Buns

A traditional Good Friday treat in the UK, Canada and Australia. Only available at this time of year, these sweet buns are made from a yeast dough augmented with raisins, currants and sometimes a little citron. They’re decorated with a cross made of light frosting, two strips of plain dough, or just a knife imprint. The hot cross buns tradition is savoured by cultures around the world, going back to at least the 16th century when Queen Elizabeth I is said to have forbidden their sale except on Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. The last two occasions have fallen by the wayside: Once Good Friday is over, you’re unlikely to see the treats until next year.

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

In the United States, 12 of the 50 states recognize Good Friday as a holiday

Radio and TV stations in New Zealand are banned to play any commercial content on Good Friday or else they will be fined.

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