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What is Good Friday?


The Friday before Easter, Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As usual, everyone has different- different opinions on this day. Some people suggest that the day is “good” as in “holy”. Other people speculate it may be a corruption of “God’s Friday”. But the OED(Oxford English Dictionary) states think that the adjective “good” refers to a day or season of religious observance.

If we talk about the real story behind this day, it is that – many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, Passion, and death, which is told in the Christian Bible. It is the day after Maundy Thursday(a Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter).


Why “Good” Friday?

The day of Jesus’ death is called “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something else. The origin of the term “Good” is debated; some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” In German, some Christian traditions do take this approach, for example, the day is called “Sorrowful Friday.” It marks the day when mercy met at the cross. This is the reason Good Friday is so dark and so holy.

What do people do?

In most of the countries, many people celebrate this day as the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s and death on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Many people fasting and praying. In Poland, many Christians fast on dry bread and roasted potatoes.


On Good Friday, there is a public holiday in 11 states. On this day is an off for the general population, colleges, schools, and most businesses are mostly closed.

Best destinations to Spend a holiday on Good Friday in India

  • Goa
  • Mumbai
  • Aizwal
  • Kochi
  • Vizag

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