Christians celebrate Good Friday as a as a commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is observed on a Friday that falls before Easter and this year it will be celebrated on April 10.
It is said that Jesus’s own disciple Judas betrayed him, which led to his crucifixion. He was forced to carry the cross on which he was to be crucified later.
Maundy Thursday, a day before Good Friday is considered to be the day when Jesus Christ had his last meal. Three important days are observed by the Churches around the world beginning from Palm Sunday that ends on Easter Sunday (April 12). This week is called the Passion Week. The three crucial days are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Easter is celebrated after the full moon, mostly on or after March 21.
So why is this called Good Friday, despite the fact that Jesus was crucified on this day? This remains, however, a topic of debate. Most Christians say that the term ‘Good’ is used to signify holy or just a corruption of ‘God’s Friday’. Also known as the Holy Friday and Black Friday, it is a very important day for Christians.
It is believed to be good as Jesus Christ had given up his life for the good of mankind. They remember Jesus and praise him as he had sacrificed his life for humanity. The day he was crucified is observed as Good Friday and the day Jesus was resurrected is celebrated as Easter Sunday.
A section of Christian community may keep a fast and visit the church. A lot of people also attend the church service on this day. There are different customs and traditions around the world carried by people to remember Good Friday. There is a Torch-lit Papal procession in Rome, Italy. In Jerusalem, people carry crosses in the place where he spent his last days. Then there is this popular culture of dyeing Easter eggs as a Good Friday tradition.
Bible, the holy book of Christians has no record of the term Good Friday. However, the use of the term “guode friday” is mentioned in The South English Legendary, a text from around 1290.
This year, however, owing to the COVID-19 Pandemic, people are bracing themselves for observing Good Friday and Easter Sunday at home.
Passover and Holy Week Blessings!