Friday [noun] [de vrijdag, de vrijdagen] [‘vrij-dag’]
Today is "Goede Vrijdag": Good Friday. It is a Christian holiday,
but it’s not a national holiday: companies do not have to be closed
today. Most are though, and a lot of people take the day off anyway, to
have a long Easter weekend 🙂
On this grey day, you may want to tune into Bach’s Matthäus Passion (St. Matthew Passion): it’s broadcast on Dutch national television at 12 o’clock on channel Nederland 2.
Names of days are not capitalized in Dutch (except when it’s the
name of a holiday, and when it’s the first word of the sentence of
– "Vandaag is het vrijdag."
("Today it’s Friday.")
– "Op Goede Vrijdag wordt de kruisiging en dood van Christus herdacht."
("On Good Friday the crucifixion and death of Christ is commemorated.")
Related words: ‘days of the week’
– "Maandag": Monday.
– "Dinsdag": Tuesday.
– "Woensdag": Wednesday.
– "Donderdag": Thursday.
– "Zaterdag": Saturday.
– "Zondag": Sunday.
Sometimes you may hear the phrase "vrijdag visdag":
Friday fish day. Traditionally, Friday is the Catholic day for fasting,
though not many Catholics will still fast every Friday 🙂 Since it was
not allowed to eat meat that day, fish was eaten instead. You may still
find many company restaurants having fish on the menu on Fridays.