Fish, as we all know is an essential element of a healthy, balanced diet. Fish can enrich the human body with a good source of protein, essential vitamins and of course omega-3. Many of us eat fish on a regular basis but when we consider Good Friday, it is seen as tradition to eat fish on this public holiday, but why?
One reason for this fish dining day is due to its religious connections. Good Friday is the day that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is seen as a very important holiday for Christians and Catholics and requires that they fast on Good Friday and simply don’t eat any meat.
On the contrary, there are other theories behind why Christians fast from meat during lent. They fast in order to overcome the passions of the flesh. It is believed that flesh-meat can cause an increase in many temptations resulting in emotions of lust and anger and this is another possible reason why people abstain from meat rather than fish, wine and other foods.
However, there may be no religious reasons for the fish feast on Good Friday for some people. This tradition has been around for hundreds of years and it may well be because our families have always had fish on Good Friday and that is why it is a yearly occurrence. There are myths and historical evidence dating back to the seventh century that suggests that everyone knew it was safer to eat fish than to eat meat. Additionally, it is suggested that hundreds of years ago that only the wealthy could afford meat. Fish in comparison was considered the ‘poor man’s’ meal as you could catch it yourself and therefore it was a dish that everyone could enjoy.
It seems that fish has been in our veins for a long time and it is the celebrated dish of the holiday. Whether you have religious beliefs or simply because it’s what your mother used to cook for dinner on Good Friday, we hope that you enjoy your fishy supper!