Good Friday. A day of solemnity. A holiday here. No shops or stores are open. Throngs of worshippers headed off to church, all dressed in black and white, as somber as possible. A day to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ. A quiet reverent day. Beaches practically deserted since it is not a good thing to go to the beach today.
There are many Good Friday traditions here on the island. Going to the beach today is bad luck. There have been instances of persons drowning over the years. Allegedly the sea claims a sacrifice on Good Friday.
Fish sales at the markets and supermarkets have been steady for the Lenten season, but most households will definitely want to have fish on the menu today....it's tradition.
Lunch today will definitely include fish and vegetables, but no meat. It is traditional to eat fish today. Abstinence from eating meat ensures that no blood is shed in the slaughtering of animals.
My mum would fast during the early part of the day and not take anything to eat until returning home from the three hour Good Friday service. I find myself fasting as well, but not attending the service.
I spent a quiet day, I prepared a fish lunch for both myself and Brownie, since daughter dear went off with friends dressed in a swimsuit...
"Don't go to the beach," I told her.
"Is it okay if I go into the pool then?" she queried.
"Yes." I replied.
I don't consider myself superstitious, but why tempt the fates?
I had considered making some "real" hot cross buns, but then decided not to...sorry.
I ended up watching a movie this afternoon. A movie I had been saving for a quiet day like today.
And here is where the coincidence comes into play.
I watched the movie "Lincoln."
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the night of Good Friday, April 14, 1865. I did not know that.
Wikipedia has a full account of the assassination which can be read here.