Good Friday, two days before Easter, the day you don’t eat meat or do you?
Every year without fail I refuse point blank to eat meat, I mean it just doesn’t feel right at all. I’m not religious in any way shape or form but for some reason every year I just don’t eat meat. You just don’t do you? Or do you?
I am starting to think it is an outdated tradition as pretty much most of the people I know don’t even bother, just for one day out of the year? It’s not hard to do is it really, no meat choose fish or cheese there are plenty of options but the meaning as to why seems to have been lost. It is not a the done thing these days, well in my social circle/area but it does make me wonder why.
Is it because people don’t know or don’t care? Do they think that just because they don’t attend church it doesn’t apply to them or is the meaning behind it all just not relevant and it now consigned to days gone, something people use to do in the olden days? Or am I now one of the ‘oldies’ god forbid! *shuddering*
I feel like I am trying to maybe cling on to some thread of my childhood, something that I was brought up with in an age when many of these small details and once mass observed traditions were undertaken and stuck to as if it was illegal not to.
For years I tried to take this attitude with my daughter too, every year no meat not on good Friday you just don’t.
Then I split up with Olivia’s dad and to be blunt he just didn’t care! Every year he has her on Good Friday and every year her gives her meat. I beg and plead and watch as people who used to join me in this way of thinking just simply stop and treat it as any other day of the year. And this year I am sad to say I joined in. It was my mum’s birthday and we had a BBQ today. I feel so bad. I genuinely feel like I have done something wrong but really I haven’t have I?
But why is this tradition phasing out? Or is it? is the world I live in neglecting the ways we were brought up with or is it everyone and if so why? Is it lack of education in religion or do we simply just not care? We don’t live in the world we used to so we just simply forget, just stop?
Or am I just losing sight of the big picture, that in this day and age it just isn’t relevant or justified to practise something that you don’t actually believe in or adhere to?
I would love to know if you eat meat on Good Friday and if so why and if not what are you’re reasons?