Is Good Friday a Public Holiday? Common questions answered

Is Good Friday a public Holiday? Why is it called ‘Good’?

There are a lot of questions going around about this popular holiday. Remember, Good Friday is NOT a federal holiday in U.S.

  1. Is it a public holiday in Nigeria?
  2. What about in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom – do people observe it?
  3. Are banks open on Good Friday?
  4. What about schools – do children have to go to school on Good Friday?
  5. If it is a religious holiday, why is everyone required to observe it?
  6. Others wonder what is so ‘good’ about Good Friday?

Well, it is time to unravel the mystery behind Good Friday. Here are our answers about the memorable holiday. First, Good Friday, also called “Holy Friday,” is the Friday that comes immediately before Easter Sunday. This year, it falls on April 14th – today. Easter Sunday is April 16, 2017.

It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus suffered and was crucified. So, yes, it is a religious holiday observed mostly by Christians globally. It is a significant part of the Christian faith. Since we have laid the background for this day, here are our answers to these common questions about Good Friday.

  1. Yes, Good Friday is a public holiday in Nigeria.
  2. Yes, it is a “recognized” holiday in U.S but it is NOT a federal holiday. It is a government holiday in Canada, and UK. Some people observe it while others don’t. In the United States, 12 states observe it: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky (half day), Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
  3. Yes, banks are open.
  4. In the U.S., schools may  recognize the holiday. It is an option. Check with your school district for schools that are closed. Most state-run agencies such as DMV (driver license office) will be closed.
  5. Yes, it is a religious holiday but it is not mandatory to observe or celebrate it.
  6. It is called Good Friday because of what the death of Jesus means to the followers. Also, Christians believe Jesus’ death was necessary for the atonement of sins and repairing the relationship with God the Father. So, they have eternal life and believe in life after death.

Well, whatever you decide to do on this holiday, we wish you a Happy Friday!


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