Good Friday

Good Friday is the day when Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This is an important event in Christianity, as it symbolizes the sacrifices and suffering in Jesus' life. The crucifixion was the culmination of a lot of events in Holy Week, including: Jesus' triumphal return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; Jesus washing his disciples' feet; and Jesus' last supper on Maundy Thursday.

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It occurs between March 20 and April 23. On this day Christians respect the Passion, suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ. They believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Good Friday Celebration

The Friday before Easter is the most somber day for Christians - it is the day on which Jesus Christ died on the cross. This day is known as Good Friday, Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday. As such, Good Friday is a day of mourning, and all the ceremonies and rituals of the day are centered on the feeling of sorrow, at the pain and humiliation that Jesus underwent for the cause of goodness and humanity. The message of Good Friday is that the dictum of "an eye for an eye" cannot work. The way to conquer evil is through good. Similarly, violence can be conquered only by non-violence and hatred by love.

Good Friday is devoted to fasting and prayer, as a way of following the example of Jesus, who stressed the role of prayer in the struggle to conquer Evil, The service consists of prayers and readings from the Bible. In many churches, a piece of wood in the shape of the cross is kept. People pray before the cross and kiss it. Jesus is believed to have died on the Cross at three in the afternoon. Consequently, the traditional service lasts for three hours from noon. Some churches concentrate less on prayers, and in its place, encourage people to become involved in charitable deeds.