It’s an Easter tradition many people have grown up with but you might still not know the reason why we eat fish on Good Friday.

The meaning behind traditions often get lost over time and this is one that particularly confuses some people.

For many, Easter Sunday is associated with eating chocolate or tucking into a roast dinner - usually spring lamb.

So why the fish on Good Friday? It’s certainly a tradition that many continue to follow, with huge queues spotted outside Liverpool chip shops in previous years on this day.

With this year’s social distancing requirements in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the queues may not be as big as usual , but there are still places serving fish and chips across the city today and many will be getting their fix.

So why do we eat fish on Good Friday?

Christians believe Jesus was executed on Good Friday and died for our sins, sacrificing his flesh.

The Church therefore encourages followers to abstain from eating meaty flesh on the anniversary of Christ’s death.

Fish is perceived to be a different kind of flesh, as it comes from the sea. Fish shapes are also said to have been used as a secret symbol by Christians to identify each other when their religion was banned. Many of Christ’s followers were fishermen too.

Nowadays, plenty of people join in with eating fish on Good Friday as something of a national tradition.

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Other things that have been banned on Good Friday

Until 2008, gambling was banned in Britain on Good Friday and there was no racing on the day until 2014.

In Ireland, people are supposed to abstain from drinking, with bars and pubs generally shut or only selling soft drinks on this day - although they are closed this year anyway due to the lockdown currently in place in Ireland.

Over in Germany, Christians ban dancing on Good Friday and even nightclub capital Berlin has restrictions in place until 9pm.