Good Friday is a Christian holiday. Good Friday is the Friday before Easter, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may sometimes coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. To many Christians, Good Friday is a day of sorrow mingled with joy.
When is Good Friday?
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. Easter falls anytime between March 22 and April 25 since it is based on the lunar calendar, which is 354 or 355 days in a year.
Type of Holiday
How is Good Friday Celebrated?
- Many Christian churches celebrate the holiday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ’s suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord’s Supper.
- Churches may also re-enact the 14 stations of the cross – the path that Jesus was made to walk carrying the cross he would be crucified on.
- Some people make or serve “hot cross buns”, which is a type of roll with a cross in icing on top.
Good Friday Trivia/Facts:
- Kites that are often handmade are flown in Bermuda on this holiday to symbolize the cross that Jesus died on, as well as his ascension into heaven.
- Churches in countries such as Belgium and Mexico are draped in black on this holiday in memory of Jesus’ suffering on the cross.
- One school of thought is that the name Good Friday stems from the words “God’s Friday”, while others understand “good” in the sense of “observed as holy”.
- It was not until the fourth century that the Roman Catholic Church began observing the Friday before Easter as the day associated with the crucifixion of Christ.
Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on March 30th:
- Celine Dion – Pop singer
- Robert Bunsen – Inventor of Bunsen Burner
- Richard Sherman – NFL player
- Vincent Van Gogh – Painter
- MC Hammer – Rapper
- Brooke Astor – American philanthropist
- Robbie Coltrane – Actor
- Peter Marshall – Game show host
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Also celebrated on March 30, 2018 is Passover.