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April 19th is Good Friday

Apr 12, 20190 comments

Karin Stumph

Good Friday is a federal holiday, so stores and Government will be closed for the day, so plan accordingly.

Even in today’s age, many customs are still maintained:
German Christians will only eat fish, since in earlier times fish was much cheaper than the then expensive meat and it is said the fish is one of the oldest symbols with which they identified themselves with. For some, Good Friday is still a strict fast day.

This Friday is supposed to be a day of reflection, to commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross.

Since it is such a strict Christian holiday, you will notice that most of the German clubs and discothèques are either closed or only open for drinks. On holidays like this dancing is prohibited.

One of the older customs dates back to the 12th century, where colorful stained-glass baubles would be placed on holy graves to be filled with water and be illuminated by little oil lamps. Imported all the way from Venice the baubles where supposed to be symbols of good luck. The flickering lights would give the grave a mysterious atmosphere. Today the baubles can only be found exclusively in southern Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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