Good Friday kicks off the Australian Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Friday the 14th of April 2017.
Good Friday is a public holiday which is observed with almost all shops and stores closing and people spending the day at home with family and friends or attending a church service. Traditionally, fish or seafood is served on Good Friday with many fish and chip shops remaining open to serve thousands of customers.
Good Friday Public Holiday Date 2017 – Things to Do & What’s Open
The four day Easter holiday occurs as part of a Christian festival which, according to tradition, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. According to the New Testament, this occurred on what is now known as Easter Sunday, the third day of his burial in 30AD.
The Easter long weekend in Australia will be celebrated with a number of public holidays starting with Good Friday on the 14th of April, Easter Saturday on the 15th of April, Easter Sunday on the 16th of April and Easter Monday on the 17th of April. This has the effect of creating a 4 day long weekend for Australians which means that many families use this time to travel and spend time with their family and friends.
One of the major hallmarks of Good Friday is the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Every year a massive charity drive is held to raise money for the Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and in support of this event Channel 7 televises the fundraising event with thousands of celebrities and volunteers taking part. On this special day, thousands of businesses and private citizens donate millions of dollars to this worthy cause.
Visitors to Melbourne should note that most shops, supermarkets and attractions are closed on Good Friday. You will however find service/petrol stations and 7/11 stores open, some cinemas still open and the Crown Casino complex typically opens from noon. Other attractions that remain open on Good Friday include the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the Melbourne Aquarium.
As thousands of people travel during the Easter long weekend, there is a lot of traffic on the road and accommodation books up quickly. If you are interested in taking a holiday over the long weekend, click the link below to find the best accommodation deals. Don’t hesitate, as holiday accommodation is very popular during this time.