Although Good Friday is one of the three days off for Easter, it is not a holiday in the traditional sense of the word. On this day, the crucifixion of Christ took place, so it is still called “quieter” or “high Friday”. In this article, you will find everything about Good Friday: interesting historical facts, an answer to the questions of what is allowed and what is prohibited to do on that day, and two traditional recipes that we recommend to you. Enjoy reading!
Good Friday: interesting things from history
On Good Friday, all Christians commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus, who sacrificed himself for the sins of all mankind. The name of the day comes from the old German word “kara”, which originally means “lament”, “grief” and “grief”. In the Christian calendar, this “holiday” has been introduced since the second century, and many interesting customs and traditions are associated with it. Even today, Good Friday is considered a strict fasting day, but in the past you were not allowed to eat or drink at all. All the bells are silent on this day, and in some churches the service begins at 3 pm – according to historical records, this was the hour of Jesus’ death. One of the most common Catholic customs of the day was the depiction of the Holy Trench – with grave keepers and a coffin for the body of Jesus. They organized a special Good Friday procession to the “grave” where the service took place. However, during the Enlightenment this custom lost its popularity and was even banned in some countries. In the Orthodox Church, this is a day for the worship of the cross as a symbol of suffering and holiness.
What is forbidden on Good Friday?
In some German states there are special laws prohibiting sports, dancing and parties on that day, so that the services are not disturbed by noise. This prohibition is sometimes valid for the whole period from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday. It is actually important to know these laws, as the violators must pay a fine of 100 to 1000 euros. This is the case for example in Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Hamburg, while in Berlin no such rules have to be observed. As stated above, it is forbidden to eat meat and other products of animal origin on this day – for example, milk and eggs (fish is the only exception). Below are 3 great recipes that you can try on Good Friday. We hope you like them!
Good Friday recipes: green vegetable soup
For 4 portions you need: 300g potato, 1 cabbage (small), 350g peas, 300g kohlrabi, 1-2 shallots, 100g whipped cream, ½ bunch of chervil, 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper. The preparation time is about 45 minutes. Wash and clean the vegetables and cut them into small pieces. Heat oil, sauté the shallots, kohlrabi and potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 1 ½ liters of warm water and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the peas and cabbage and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Finally, add the cream, chervil and lemon juice to the soup. Finished!
Potato salad with trout
This delicious salad is ready for about 45 minutes. For 4 people you need the following ingredients: 1kg small potatoes, one onion, 4 tablespoons ,l, 1 bunch dill, 1 teaspoon mustard, 5 gherkins, ¼ teaspoon vegetable broth, 1 tablespoon capers, 5 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 250g smoked trout fillets, salt, pepper and some sugar. Wash the potatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes. Dice the onion, allow it to thaw in the heated oil and add six tablespoons of water, vinegar and broth. Mix this mixture with salt, pepper, mustard and a little sugar and add three tablespoons Ӧl. Peel and halve the boiled potatoes and mix well with the hot marinade. Stir the salad with the sliced cucumbers, capers, trout fillets and dill and sprinkle with pepper and salt again. Good Appetite!
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