What So Good About Friday? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Union Holidays

Today is Good Friday, the day Catholics and Mainline Protestants commemorate the death of Jesus.

Shockingly, if you pay close attention, Life of Brian does not contradict the Bible at all.
You’re whistling right now, aren’t you?

Good Friday is always the Friday before Easter, which is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

You knew that.

Why does this matter to you? Because Good Friday is a union holiday. So is Easter,CORRECTION but seriously, who shoots on a Sunday?1

Why is an explicitly Christian holiday a day off in a business that’s famously run by Jews? I have no idea. I guess the Elders of Zion decided to cut us shiksas and shegetzes a break for once.2 A break they didn’t give themselves, by the way. None of the Jewish holidays are union holidays (although I have noticed many people aren’t in the office on those days).

I’m honestly not sure when or how the union holidays were established; most people I know in the business today have no idea what Good Friday is supposed to mean.

She might have skipped a few steps, but basically, yeah.
Theology 101.

But Good Friday it is, and a day off you have. You could spend it with a movie marathon:The Passion of the Christ, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Veggies Tales.3

Speaking of Jews and Hollywood, you should read An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. It’s pretty much exactly what the title says: the story of how a bunch of immigrants traveled out west, and created not just an industry, but a new art form, more or less from scratch.

Footnotes    (↩ returns to text)

  1. Turns out, Easter isn’t a union holiday. Check the comments for sad stories.
  2. I do. Ugh.
  3. For those of you who don’t understand humor (ironically, probably not Jews): that was a joke.
  4. And if you don’t get that that’s a joke, I just feel bad for you.
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6 Responses

  1. No idea how true this is or not, but I was once told Good Friday is a Union holiday because back in the day, the guys who started the Unions were Catholic, obviously. 😉

  2. Easter Sunday isn’t a holiday for my non-LA local either. When my kids were younger they sometimes visited me on set to get their Easter baskets.

  3. As a gentile, I love Jewish holidays in LA. I can get from Burbank to the west side in 20 minutes!

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