Great Britain

When is Good Friday 2020 and is it a bank holiday?

EASTER often marks a time where friends and families gather to celebrate the holidays.

With the government's directive to lockdown the country following the outbreak of coronavirus, many are wondering whether Good Friday will still be a bank holiday.

When is Good Friday?

Good Friday before 1871 was always celebrated as a common holiday.

Since 1871, it was declared an official bank holiday.

This year, Good Friday falls on April 10, preceded by Easter Sunday and is followed by Easter Monday on April 13, which is also a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not in Scotland - making it a long weekend for many.

It will not be recognised in Scotland as many bank holidays are determined by local authorities across the nation.

Is Good Friday a bank holiday?

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy responsible for the government's policy for holidays has said Brits should observe the Good Friday bank holiday as usual.

According to a spokesperson for BEIS said rules surrounding bank holidays should apply as usual.

If workers who might not usually work on bank holidays are asked to do so, employers must make sure the workers are still entitled to their statutory holiday due them for the year.

Whats is Good Friday?

Good Friday is a Christian holiday which marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

According to Christianity, it is when Jesus died to resurrect three days later on Easter Monday.

Christians believe Christ came to earth in order to sacrifice himself so sinners would be redeemed.

Several Christian denominations including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Orthodox mark the day with church services which are sometimes solemn, as they reflect on the suffering Christ went through in order to save mankind, according to the Bible.

This year, as a result of the government's directive of a lockdown and for Brits to practice social distancing, as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus, it is highly unlikely that churches would be open for the Easter celebrations.

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