Why Do We Eat Fish On Good Friday?

We’ve all heard about Good Friday, but apart from knowing that we get a day off from work, do we really know about its origin? Do we know why most people eat fish as their main meal of the day? Azzopardi Fisheries wanted to share some interesting facts…

What you need to know about Good Friday…

For Christians, Good Friday is a time to commemorate the day Jesus Christ was crucified, after having been betrayed by Judas Iscariot, for 30 pieces of silver. After Jesus’ arrest, interrogation and condemnation for blasphemy and treason, he was crowned with thorns, handed his cross and ordered to drag it up the hill to Calvary.

For six hours, Jesus hung from the cross in the Israeli desert heat alongside two criminals, before he cried out at around 3pm and died. His journey to death is commemorated each year with the Procession of Witness, which sees a congregation following a cross borne through the parish of each local town.

So why is it called Good Friday?

Good Friday signifies Jesus’ sacrifice and rebirth three days later, events which underpin the Christian faith. He gave his life for the salvation of mankind and it’s that very ‘good’ and noble deed which lends its name to Good Friday. Another – and perhaps much simpler – reason is that ‘good’ is another word for Holy when it comes to describing the famous day.

And why do people celebrate by eating fish?

Well, firstly, meat is the dish of choice to be shunned on this Holy day. Secondly, since fish comes from the sea and is a cold-blooded animal, it’s considered to be a different kind of flesh since it originates from the sea. Lastly, fish shapes were used as a secret symbol for Christians to identify each other when their religion was banned, and many of Christ’s closest disciples were fishermen both literally and figuratively.

Why has this tradition to eat fish on Good Friday remained?

Followers of Christianity believe Jesus Christ was executed on Good Friday and died for man’s sins, by sacrificing his flesh for us. On the anniversary of Christ’s death, the church encourages people to abstain from eating meat and instead choose an alternative such as fish.

Plan your Good Friday seafood feast with Azzopardi Fisheries

Celebrating this religious ritual calls for a healthy variety of fresh fish. At Azzopardi Fisheries you’re sure to find the type of fish you and your family like. We always make sure to stock our shops with nothing but the best seafood selection! If you love our local catches, it’s good to remember that throughout Good Friday week, we’ll have fish which include but won’t be limited to:

  • Seabass
  • Seabream
  • Snapper
  • Grouper
  • Rockfish
  • Cuttlefish
  • Tuna

What’s more, we also stock imported fish and shellfish such as:

  • Salmon
  • Cod Fillets
  • Perch Fillets
  • Razor Clams
  • Irish Scallops Meat
  • Irish and Sicilian Mussels
  • French and Irish Oysters

And if such a selection still isn’t enough, we even have Ravioli with Seabass, Crab, or Bacalao Stuffing!

Have we whet your appetite yet? We’re guessing yes! So, come and visit Azzopardi Fisheries. You won’t find a fresher catch – unless you go fish for it yourself!

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