Good Friday is observed by most Christians on the Friday before Easter Sunday.
Since the date of Good Friday depends on the date of Easter , it varies from year to year.
This day marks the crucifixion (execution method of nailing to a cross until death) of Jesus Christ
and is thus a solemn observance. Good Friday traditions may include: fasting, abstinence, eating fish and/or avoiding
meat, church services, processions, Stations of the Cross, baking of Hot Cross Buns, large family meals
and so on. Good Friday is not a federal holiday in the U.S. but some states, school districts and localities
observe it: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, Kentucky, Tennessee, North
Dakota are examples. The stock market is closed on Good Friday but most businesses and retailers are open. This day
often marks the beginning of Spring Break for colleges and universities. Good Friday often is the
start of a busy shopping weekend as people prepare for Easter: new clothing/shoes, flowers/floral
arrangements, items to decorate and dye Easter Eggs, chocolate/candies, food for the Easter Sunday meal and other
items families may need. Retailers will may offer: coupons, deals, discounts, promotions, special offers for both
online and in-store shopping.