It’s Official: Good Friday Voted To Become Hungary’s Eleventh Public Holiday
Tamás Székely 2017.03.07.
Good Friday will be a public holiday in Hungary from April 14 this year, after lawmakers voted for the measure on Tuesday. The proposal submitted by the ruling Fidesz alliance with the Christian Democrats was approved by 163 votes in support and 2 abstentions.
Accordingly, Easter will be a four-day holiday from this year and there will be a total of 11 holidays that can fall on working days, including January 1, March 15, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May 1, Pentecost Monday, August 20, October 23, November 1 and December 25-26. Good Friday is held as a public holiday in fourteen European countries. Many of them has even more public holidays than Hungary: in Germany there are 17 public holidays, in Bulgaria 16, in Slovakia 15, Croatia 14, Austria, Czechia and Poland 13, while in Denmark, France and Belgium 12.
The idea of introducing a public holiday on Good Friday was first suggested by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at a memorial event of the Synod of the Hungarian Reformed Church in October 2016. Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday, is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.