Good Friday

Good Friday is generally celebrated amongst the Christians on the Friday just before the Easter. Since the day was marked as the day when Jesus Christ was crucified, Good Friday used to be considered as the day of sorrow. The word can be said to have been derived from the German word “Karfreitag” which translates into sorrowful Friday. A day prior to this day which was also the night of the last supper, Jesus was betrayed by Judas and Jesus Christ was arrested. He was crucified in the cruelest manner that you could ever imagine. His last words were “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

When Jesus Christ was finally crucified, an earthquake overtook the whole land and the same was so powerful that tombs could also open because of the tremendous force. The question then is, why is the word Good used to celebrate something that is so sorrowful? Well, the logic behind this is that although the day was sorrowful, you had to experience the same in order to completely live and enjoy the happiness which the ensuing Easter day would bring to one and all. The date of the event varies from one year to another and there is legal holiday which is observed on a good Friday not only in India but in different parts of the world.On this day, the bells of the church are not rung, and the altar of the church stay completely barren. This silence in the church continues till the Easter day. People in the church observe fast. As a regular practice, the entire family comes together and offer their prayers. People go with their families to the church together and pray. Some of the traditional dishes that are usually meant for Good Friday includes hot cross buns which are essentially sweet rolls.

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