Significance of Good Friday, why it is celebrated?

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, April 2
Good Friday is a significant festival celebrated by Christians across the world with great humility and reverence. The day is remembered when the Son of God was crucified and buried. According to Christian belief, Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose again three days later – which is marked as Easter. According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified to death in the most brutal way. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. It says that he was beaten, tortured, and made to carry his own cross before being crucified on it. Good Friday also marks the end of over a month of fasting called Lent. It is a period during which Christians fast, pray and give alms. As today is Good Friday, let us tell you about its importance and also why people don’t greet each other on this day, unlike Christmas or Easter. It is believed that the day Jesus died was Friday. But why then call it ‘good.’ Religious people firmly believe that Jesus sacrificed his life to show his love for mankind. It is also being said that he gave the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Despite it being a terrible day, it paved the way for the salvation of mankind as Jesus resurrected and came back to life two days later i.e. on Sunday. Christians marked it as ‘Good’ as a symbol of victory of good over evil. There is another belief that it is originated from the term ‘God’s Friday.’ Others interpret ‘Good’ as ‘holy’ and therefore call it ‘Good Friday.’ The day is also called ‘Black Friday’ or ‘Silent Friday.’ The day is observed by Christians by offering prayers and confessing their sins. Good Friday is considered to be one of the most solemn and sorrowful days. This is why one should not greet anyone on this day.

What people do on this day?

On this day, Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross and held tight to the cross. Thus, Christians on this day wear clothes of black colour to show their grief and sad feelings. However, the common thing between all of them is that they all involve prayers. Some people observe a fast or abstain from eating on this day. There is a mass held at the church and many people make it a point to pray exactly at 3:00 pm as it is said that Jesus died at this time on this day. In Jerusalem, Christians follow in Jesus’ footsteps and walk the very same path leading to the site of the crucifixion. Many who participate try to ritually bear the same weight Jesus did by carrying crosses on their backs.