New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The world will be celebrating 'Good Friday' or 'Great Friday' today. Good Friday is a Christian festival that is celebrated to commemorate the crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ and his death. It is generally celebrated in the week of Paschal Triduum ahead of Easter. However, according to the Gregorian calendar, the date varies from one year to another.

On the auspicious day of 'Good Friday', Christian denominations including Catholics observe fast and attend church service. Good Friday lies ahead of Easter Sunday (April 12). The entire week is considered holy and auspicious as they live in life after death like Jesus on first Easter. The message of Good Friday is that evil can never win over good. Christ taught us to have complete trust in him and even love our enemies.

History and Significance

The term Good Friday is not quoted in the Holy Bible, but religious texts tell us how Jesus was betrayed by Judas which led to his arrest. He was scolded by Roman soldiers after bring nailed to a cross which he was asked to carry to his site of the crucifixion. The word good in Good Friday stands for holy or pious. In several parts of the world, including India, Good Friday is a public holiday.

It's a day to remember the sacrifices made by Lord Jesus. Church services are organised in the afternoon. Priest and people who visit the church wear black. The same coloured cloth is used to cover paintings, cross, and statues in churches and some homes to signify mourning. Even candles are not lit on this day. Many Christians refuse to eat meat on this day and traditionally hot cross buns are baked. In Germany, acts such as dancing and horse racing are prohibited under certain laws.

Posted By: James Kuanal