April 13, 2022  /  Blog

In the Christian festival of Easter, Good Friday is the day Christians believe that Jesus was sacrificed on a cross, and this is why they commemorate the day.  It is common for people to eat fish instead of meat on this day – but have you ever wondered why?

Christians follow the belief that Jesus sacrificed his flesh on the day that is now titled Good Friday. Traditionally, individuals refrain from eating meaty flesh on this day; they may avoid meals containing beef, chicken and pork and alternatively enjoy a fish dinner. Christians believe that fish is a different kind of flesh because it comes from the sea, therefore it is seen as acceptable to eat it on Good Friday.

As you can imagine this means that fish and chip shops are extremely busy on Good Friday – so if you were planning on visiting one near you, we’d suggest getting there in plenty of time!

Fish and chip shop business owners report they are around three times busier on Good Friday than on an average Friday, with cod being the biggest seller, followed by haddock. It is predicted that this Good Friday will be the busiest since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic for the industry; the last couple of years have impacted the takeaway industry immensely with many shops having to close permanently.

So what does this mean for us? Well before you can sit down to enjoy your delicious fish supper, the takeaways and restaurants need fish, and fast!

The combination of the Easter period and half term school holidays results in an increased demand for high-quality, frozen at sea fish. During the build-up to Good Friday we receive more orders, calls and emails than at any other time of the year, but our team enjoy the fast-paced environment and the hard work pays off to see our happy customers. We keep in mind that once we are finished at the end of the week, we can treat ourselves to fish and chips and join the celebrations, ready for the long bank holiday weekend ahead.

We’d love to see you enjoying your fish dinners this Good Friday. Snap a photo and share it with us via Twitter, @collinsseafoods, or on Instagram, @collinssefoodslimited.

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