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 .