Today is one of the most significant days in our religion and on our islands. Good Friday isn’t just when we remember the day Jesus was crucified; it’s also a public holiday on the islands and every business activity shuts down for the day, even shops that normally open throughout the year. No newspapers are printed and the streets are unusually quiet, at least on the smaller island.
Come 3pm, however, people start flocking to their churches to take part in the special service that is held around the islands. Then, everyone takes to the streets to follow or watch the annual procession that takes place in most villages. My husband and I always wonder what these processions must look like to the uninitiated. If you’ve never witnessed one of these processions, you might be shocked by the hooded men dragging chains tied to their bare ankles. Or the various actors impersonating the main characters from the story of the crucifixion.
I am not of a fan of such processions and have never taken Maia to see them, simply because I wouldn’t know how to explain to her all the symbolism going on there. You should know that she’s easily scared, refusing to watch Disney films (except for Tangled) because the the baddie in each film gives her nightmares. She certainly doesn’t take after me…I used to read horror books at her age (until my parents found the secret stash of library books and made me return them). Instead, we’ll be joining my choir during the church service, something we both enjoy.
Do you celebrate Good Friday? If you do, how do you celebrate? Do you fast? Do you go to church? Do you keep noise to a minimum, like we used to when we were still children? I’m curious to know.
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