Why is fish traditionally eaten on Good Friday?

Why is fish traditionally eaten on Good Friday?

Published at 8:22am 18th April 2019. (Updated at 8:26am 18th April 2019)

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Bizzie Lizzie's Fish and Chip Restaurant visited Gisburn Primary School for an Easter treat as the children learn about the links between fish and the Christian holiday.

  • Bizzie Lizzie's in Skipton provided lunch for Owls class at Gisburn Primary School as they learnt why fish is traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
  • Christians tend to stay clear of warm-blooded animals for their food on Good Friday, opting for fish to acknowledge the death of Jesus.
  • The children also learnt about chocolate eggs, which are typically linked with Easter because they represent new life.

Owls class at Gisburn Primary School were treated to a fish and chip lunch from Bizzie Lizzie's as they were taught about the connection between fish and Good Friday.

Christians traditionally abstain from eating warm-blooded animals on Good Friday to acknowledge the death of Jesus, who was crucified on the day.

Fish was seen as an 'everyday meal' due to the fact that most of the early Christians were fishermen, and provided a cold-blooded alternative.

Children at Gisburn Primary tuck into Bizzie Lizzie's fish and chips
Owls class at Gisburn Primary School were treated to fish and chips from Bizzie Lizzie's Fish and Chip Restaurant ahead of Easter weekend

Owls class also learnt about the Greek fish symbol, which when translated from the Latin phrase reads 'Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.'

"We've just had some revision about the connection between Easter and fish, and talked about the fish symbol and where it comes from.

"The children were thrilled when they found out they'd be sampling fish and chips. They've had a lovely afternoon, so thanks to Bizzie Lizzie's." 

Mrs. Lund, Owls Class Teacher

Christianity is just one of a number of religions on the school syllabus for Religious Education, but Christianity typically comes into focus in the classroom ahead of Easter weekend.

Children at Gisburn Primary School
The Children at Gisburn Primary School were very pleased with their fish and chip lunch as they learnt about the links between food and Easter

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Food & Drink Show went back to school with Bizzie Lizzie's to find out from the experts:

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