The Friday preceding Easter Day. This is the believed day of the Crucifixion when Jesus Christ died upon the Cross. One of the many rituals connected with this Church festival was that people would not use nails or iron tools. This was to symbolise recognition for their use on Calvary (the hill on which it is believed the crucifixion took place and He was nailed to the cross). It was, and still is by many, believed to be an unlucky day because of the event that took place. ‘Good’ in this instance means ‘Holy’.
Many fishermen will not set out for catch on this day (See Mystical WWW Days). It was also believed that bread or cakes baked on this day would not go mouldy (See Mystical WWW Easter : Hot Cross Buns). The planting of crops is also not advised on this day as an old belief says that no iron should enter the ground (i.e. spade, fork etc.).
According to tradition, misfortune will come to anyone who washes clothes on this day as it is associated with the story of Christ who whilst carrying the cross to Calvary had a woman wave wet garments in his face. It is said that Jesus proclaimed ‘Cursed be everyone who hereafter shall wash on this day’.
Good Friday is alternatively believed to be a good day to start weaning a baby as they will grow strong, healthy and prosper.
‘Long Friday’ was another name given to Good Friday (See Mystical WWW Days) by the Saxons. It is thought that the name derived from the fact that this was a day of abstinence.