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Good Friday customs and superstitions

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If you are religious or interested in religion there are many interesting customs and superstitions that are practiced around the world on this day. Here are various ones that you may or may not have heard of.

Many know that within the church Good Friday represents the day that Christ, God’s only begotten Son, was beaten and crucified in order to wash away the sins of the world. It is the most somber day of the church calendar therefore many priests, deacons, and catholics often wear black on this day. Many people will also associate this day with penance, fasting and prayer.

It is also common for people to visit graveyards and pray over the dead as well as pray at various holy wells. As it is such a solemn day, work in the field is kept to a minimum and bloodshed is kept to minimum. As animals shouldn’t be slaughtered and meat shouldn’t be consumed, many will eat fish or seafood instead.

Cross buns are most often associated with Good Friday as these sweet, spicy, fruity buns have a cross on top as a reminder of the sacrifice of Christ. Others will fast for the entire day or only consume one meal throughout the day.

Those that aren’t religious may be unaware of Good Friday traditions that they actually practice, such as spring cleaning. This was traditionally done by women in preparation of the local priest coming to their house and blessing it. A small quantity of plants were also planted in order to bless the family.

There are many Good Friday superstitions as well. It is said that on this day the water from Holy wells have curative powers. Also, if you die on this day you will go directly to heaven. If you are born on this day and then baptized on Easter Sunday, you will have the gift of healing. One of the most interesting though is the belief that if you have your hair cut on Good Friday, it will prevent you from getting headaches over the coming year. So better call your hair stylist if you want a headache free year!

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