It has a significant impact on the secular community, too, with many people in the UK getting a long weekend with two national holidays.
The first of these falls on Good Friday on 7 April, which commemorates The Passion – the biblical story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary – before his resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday.
Is today a bank holiday?
Good Friday was historically a common law holiday in the UK, and so didn’t require to be officially denoted as a bank holiday with the introduction of the Bank Holidays Act in 1871.
It remains one in all but name, however – which means schools are closed and many businesses will shut or operate reduced opening hours.
There is then another bank holiday on Monday 10 April to mark Easter Monday, giving many people a four-day weekend.
Good Friday’s position in the calendar changes from year to year, with the holiday potentially marked at any time between 20 March and 23 April. This year’s observance is just over a week earlier than in 2022.
It coincides with the Jewish festival of Passover, which this year runs from Wednesday 5 April until Thursday 13 April.
Is there post on Good Friday?
Whether you receive post on Good Friday depends on where you are in the UK.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there will be no Royal Mail collections or deliveries on Good Friday or Easter Monday.
However, for those in Scotland there will be normal collections and deliveries this day. There are none on Easter Monday though.
Post offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. You can find out more here.
Deliveries from courier services like DPD, Evri and Hermes are also affected by the Easter bank holidays – you can find full details here.
What time are shops open on Good Friday?
Most supermarkets are operating different opening hours today – here are the key details for the UK’s major stores:
- Tesco: Tesco stores will be open on Good Friday between 6am and 10pm.
- Morrisons: Stores will be open as usual on Good Friday (7am to 10pm).
- Asda: Asda advises that on Good Friday and Saturday, most stores will be open from 7am to 10pm
- Aldi: On Good Friday and Easter Saturday, Aldi stores will be open 8am to 10pm.
- Lidl: Lidl is understood to be open from 8am to 8pm on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday.
- Co-op: As a convenience retailer, Co-ops will open as usual over the Easter weekend, although large stores in England and Wales will close on Easter Sunday.
- Sainsbury’s: On Good Friday and Saturday, the “vast majority” of Sainsbury’s supermarkets will be open from 7am until 10pm.
- Waitrose & Partners: On Good Friday, most Waitroses will be open from 8am to 10pm, with some Little Waitrose shops opening from 7am to 10pm.
You can see full details of supermarket openings over the Easter holidays here.