Good Friday in USA in 2025

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  Dates of Good Friday in USA
2025 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
2024 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
2023 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
2022 Apr 15
ConnecticutFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
DelawareFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
HawaiiFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
IndianaFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
KentuckyFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
LouisianaFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
New JerseyFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
North CarolinaFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
North DakotaFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
TennesseeFri, Apr 15Government Holiday
2021 Apr 2
ConnecticutFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
DelawareFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
GeorgiaFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
HawaiiFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
IndianaFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
KentuckyFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
LouisianaFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
New JerseyFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
North CarolinaFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
North DakotaFri, Apr 2Government Holiday
TennesseeFri, Apr 2Government Holiday

In the USA, 10 states observe Good Friday as state holiday: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee.

  Good Friday in other countries
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  Which regions observe Good Friday in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

Good Friday in USA

In the United States, 10 states observe Good Friday as state holiday: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee. It is an optional holiday in Texas.

It is becoming a holiday that is more widely observed than some Federal holidays with an estimated 20% of employees enjoying a holiday on Good Friday.

As Good Friday does not have Federal holiday status for the United States Postal Service, then there will still be a mail service.

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.

Good Friday Fish Fries in Central US

From Nashville to St. Louis, from Pittsburgh to Kansas City, across Ohio, and elsewhere in the heartland, Good Friday is the night to seek out a down-home fish fry. Sponsored by churches, youth groups, volunteer fire departments, and organizations like the Knights of Columbus, the dinners are held at community gathering places such as American Legion halls, school auditoriums, and restaurants. One goal is to encourage diners to follow the tradition of skipping meat on Good Friday. But the multipurpose events also promote fellowship and community outreach and are great fund-raisers for civic or church-sponsored groups and activities.

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Three facts about 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.

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

No one actually knows for sure from where the name "Good Friday" came from. There are many theories on the same. Many believe that the "Good" means "Holy", while others think that "Good" is used in replace of "God."

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