Sunday, 23 January 2022

Why and how do Christians observe GOOD FRIDAY every year


LONDON: Christians around the world observe Good Friday as the day when Jesus Christ died on the cross for humanity so that he could save them from their sins. Good Friday is observed as a public holiday in various countries such as Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Finland, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden among others. For Christians, it is the most sorrowful, sombre and sacred day of the year. It is also referred as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday. Churches observe the day with a service that normally takes place in the evening, where they remember Christ’s death with hymns, thanksgiving prayers, talk about the special significance that the day holds and observe the Lord’s Supper. The etymology of the term ‘good’ in Good Friday is contested in various circles. While some say ‘good’ means holy, others say that it is a modification of ‘God Friday.’ However, many believe it is an appropriate term since it denotes that Christ suffered and died for his people. Catholics do not eat meat on Good Friday but can eat fish instead and it is also customary to eat warm hot cross buns. They normally fast on this day unless they have health issues or are below the prescribed age. Protestants, on the other hand, do not have food restrictions on Good Friday but many follow the ‘no meat’ rule like the Catholics. On Sunday after this comes Easter, when the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. Christians also observe Lent – a period of 40 days, except Sundays – that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.

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