Good Friday is being celebrated today, April 14th across the world. In many countries, the day is celebrated as a holiday and schools, colleges, offices and banks are mostly close today. Nonetheless, United States, despite being an overwhelmingly a Christian nation, the day is not a Federal holiday.
This means that Federal offices, banks and US Post will remain largely open in much of the US. Nonetheless, there are a few states across the nation that have pronounced the day as state holiday. This state holiday means that offices exclusively related to a certain state government are closed and no business takes place. Nonetheless this means that federal offices and offices of federal institutions will not remain closed. They will remain open and normal work will take place there.
In United States, there are at least twelve states, that have made Good Friday as a national holiday and the Good Friday 2017 will see the offices related to state governments will remain shut down.
Good Friday is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar. The day is celebrated in the memory of Jesus Christi’s crucification. This is an observance that involves people fasting and praying. Many church services are held in the afternoon, usually around noon or midday to 3pm, to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. Many churches also observe the day by re-enacting the procession of the cross as in the ritual of the Stations of the Cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus’ life. Processions are held in many countries such as India, Italy, Malta, the Philippines, and Spain.
Is there mail delivery on Good Friday?
The mail delivery services will continue for the entire day as it is not a federal holiday for the United States Postal Service. Besides Fedex and UPS services will run as usual.
Stock markets closed
It should be kept in mind that stock market will not open and will remain closed. So the NYSE and Nasdaq will open only on Monday.
Are banks open on Good Friday?
As it is not a Federal holiday, almost all banks will conduct usual business on Good Friday.
Are Walmart, Target open?
As far as store and malls are concerned, most of the stores and malls will remain open and function normally. Walmart and Target besides almost all the other retailers will open and function normally.