Good Friday Traditions and Customs

Good Friday which is also called as Holy Friday or Great Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary. This Friday is different from rest of the days as it holds a special importance, especially to the Christian Community. It is one of the most important religious holidays for Christians as Jesus died on the cross and saved from sins committed by the people. It is a day of fasting, mourning and prayer.

The name Good Friday possibly came from “God’s Friday” as it signifies the end of Evil over Good.

 In 2019, it is celebrated on April 19. It is observed on Friday preceding Easter Sunday, the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the crucifixion, suffering and death of Jesus Christ.  This tradition is carried on from 20th century AD.

Different customs and traditions of Good Friday

There are some customs and traditions followed on this day:

  • Few Christians fast on Good Friday. This helps to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for them on Good Friday. People take only one meal on this day. It’s a tradition to eat warm hot cross buns on Good Friday. Also, fish is often eaten instead of meat.
  • Christians attend the church service of three hours on Good Friday. The last seven words spoken by Jesus are included in the service. Jesus was on the cross for 3 hours, from mid noon to 3 pm, the time which is very sacred to the Christians. This time is spent by reciting hymns and doing meditation.
  • Keep fun activities to minimum on that day.
  • Wear Black as it’s a color of mourning.
  • Skip School or work if it is possible.
  • Read the passion story from bible and doing good deeds.

Worldwide, this day of mourning is celebrated soberly by the Christians .

Written by Elizabeth

Hi, my name is Elizabeth !

In 2014, I’ve quit my corporate career to be a full time mommy for my daughter. It has been quite a journey with many ups and downs, still I feel privileged for being a part of this beautiful parenting journey and see all the initial phases of my kid’s growth (which usually a working mother miss out on) .

Motherhood has changed my perspective towards life. It has definitely made me a better version of my myself…It made me learn a lot in the process and unlearn many things which would help me both personally and professionally.

My daughter is an inspiration behind all the things that I do . Since I became a mother I have so much patience than I ever had before.

Today I see myself more patient, open minded and positive.
Still holding on to my dreams and ambitions in life, trying to pursue them by coming up with ideas, solutions and opportunities…one-by-one.

Always, I live by this beautiful quote-
“Everything in your life is a refection of a choice you have made . If you want a different result, make a different choice”

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