Why Do We Eat Fish On Good Friday?

We’ve all heard about Good Friday, but apart from knowing that we get a day off from work, do we really know about its origin? Do we know why most people eat fish as their main meal of the day? Azzopardi Fisheries wanted to share some interesting facts…

What you need to know about Good Friday…

For Christians, Good Friday is a time to commemorate the day Jesus Christ was crucified, after having been betrayed by Judas Iscariot, for 30 pieces of silver. After Jesus’ arrest, interrogation and condemnation for blasphemy and treason, he was crowned with thorns, handed his cross and ordered to drag it up the hill to Calvary.

For six hours, Jesus hung from the cross in the Israeli desert heat alongside two criminals, before he cried out at around 3pm and died. His journey to death is commemorated each year with the Procession of Witness, which sees a congregation following a cross borne through the parish of each local town.

So why is it called Good Friday?

Good Friday signifies Jesus’ sacrifice and rebirth three days later, events which underpin the Christian faith. He gave his life for the salvation of mankind and it’s that very ‘good’ and noble deed which lends its name to Good Friday. Another – and perhaps much simpler – reason is that ‘good’ is another word for Holy when it comes to describing the famous day.

And why do people celebrate by eating fish?

Well, firstly, meat is the dish of choice to be shunned on this Holy day. Secondly, since fish comes from the sea and is a cold-blooded animal, it’s considered to be a different kind of flesh since it originates from the sea. Lastly, fish shapes were used as a secret symbol for Christians to identify each other when their religion was banned, and many of Christ’s closest disciples were fishermen both literally and figuratively.

Why has this tradition to eat fish on Good Friday remained?

Followers of Christianity believe Jesus Christ was executed on Good Friday and died for man’s sins, by sacrificing his flesh for us. On the anniversary of Christ’s death, the church encourages people to abstain from eating meat and instead choose an alternative such as fish.

Plan your Good Friday seafood feast with Azzopardi Fisheries

Celebrating this religious ritual calls for a healthy variety of fresh fish. At Azzopardi Fisheries you’re sure to find the type of fish you and your family like. We always make sure to stock our shops with nothing but the best seafood selection! If you love our local catches, it’s good to remember that throughout Good Friday week, we’ll have fish which include but won’t be limited to:

  • Seabass
  • Seabream
  • Snapper
  • Grouper
  • Rockfish
  • Cuttlefish
  • Tuna

What’s more, we also stock imported fish and shellfish such as:

  • Salmon
  • Cod Fillets
  • Perch Fillets
  • Razor Clams
  • Irish Scallops Meat
  • Irish and Sicilian Mussels
  • French and Irish Oysters

And if such a selection still isn’t enough, we even have Ravioli with Seabass, Crab, or Bacalao Stuffing!

Have we whet your appetite yet? We’re guessing yes! So, come and visit Azzopardi Fisheries. You won’t find a fresher catch – unless you go fish for it yourself!

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Cooking Sessions

Live cooking sessions will be back again as from next Friday 28th August, every Friday @ Azzopardi Fisheries, St Pauls Bay

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Ravioli with Lobster, Crab and Local Rossi Prawns

Dear Friends,

We are now taking orders for the lobster, crab and local rossi prawn ravioli.

You can either order at our store, by phone or email us on [email protected]

Please book to avoid disappointment

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Lobster Ravioli

Order your lobster ravioli in time for the festive season.  Order them at our outlet in St Paul’s Bay, ask for Graziella.  Call us on 21581109.  Or email us on [email protected]

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Christmas & New Year Specials

  • Pre-order your stuffed calamari for your New Years Day 
  • Pre-order your fresh oysters for New Years Day
  • Live Lobsters Special €24.00 per kg, approx 650g each



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Recipe Competition

Enter your Original Recipe to win our Recipe Contest

The winning recipes will be:

  • Original - Submit your own recipe
  • Attractive - A nice photo can help, but don’t worry if you don’t have one

Competition ends 13th December 2013

1st Prize – €25.00 voucher

2nd Prize –  €15.00 voucher

Enter your recipe on: [email protected]


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Vacany: Shop Assistant

The ideal candidates are expected to:

  • Be mature and reliable people with a pleasant personality
  • Perform well under pressure
  • Have a general good standard of education
  • Be in possession of a clean police conduct
  • Have passion for sales
  • Exceptional Customer Service and a good communicator
  • Previous experience in retail or any other front facing role would be helpful but not essential as full product training is provided.

Interested applicants are requested to submit an application letter together with a CV to [email protected]


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Delivery Personnel

Reporting to the Manager, the selected candidates would form part of our busy distribution network.

The ideal candidates are expected to:

  • Be mature and reliable people with a pleasant personality 
  • Perform well under pressure
  • Have a general god standard of education
  • Be in possession of a valid driving license and clean police conduct
  • Be preferably over 25 years of age

Interested applicants are requested to submit an application letter together with a CV to [email protected]

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Azzopardi Fisheries, St. Paul’s Bay is on Facebook!

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Malta Town

Azzopardi Fisheries now listed on MaltaTown.com

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