Global Language and World Culture
Good Friday Day

Good Friday Day

Blessed Good Friday
Blessed Good Friday

Good Friday, Friday immediately preceding Easter, celebrated by Christians as the anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion, history and religious traditions.

The dripping blood our only drink, The bloody flesh our only food: In spite of which we like to think That we are sound, substantial flesh and Blood – We call this blood, again, in spite Friday good.
T.S. Eliot

Christmas and Easter can be considered a subject forPoetry is but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.
W.H. Auden

Stoning prophets and the world has always been able to build churches in their honor over the centuries. Today, we worship Christ but the Christ we crucified.
Mahatma Gandhi

May your faith in the god, bring peace to your hearth & New hope in your live. May God Always bless You! Have a Blessed GOOD FRIDAY!

The Cross was the manifestation of Divine love without reserve or limit; but it was also the expression of man’s unutterable malignity.
Sir Robert Anderson

Mercy and peace and Love. May you find grace. and Lord surround and Keep your eyes open for others Good Friday. God so loved the universe that He gave His only-begotten son.
John 3:16

Good Friday Jesus on Cross
Good Friday Jesus on Cross

He taught his disciples and It was said to them, The Son is now in the hands and control of men and They will kill him and He will rise on the third day after he is dead.
Mark 9:31

Whose sins were bared by him on the tree? That we, who are dead to sins and should live for righteousness. Through whose stripes you were healed.
Peter 2:24

Happy Good Friday You are so kind! God bless Good Friday Your life will be a happy one. On this holy day, God may fill your life full of goodness.

Good Friday, Friday immediately preceding Easter, celebrated by Christians as the anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion. The name Good Friday is generally believed to be a corruption of God’s Friday. Since the time of the early church, the day has been dedicated to penance, fasting, and prayer.

Members of many Christian denominations, including the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Oriental Orthodox, United Protestant and some Reformed traditions (including certain Continental Reformed, Presbyterian and Congregationalist churches), observe Good Friday with fasting and church services.

In many Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican and Methodist churches, the Service of the Great Three Hours’ Agony is held from noon until 3 pm, the time duration that the Bible records as darkness covering the land to Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. Communicants of the Moravian Church have a Good Friday tradition of cleaning gravestones in Moravian cemeteries.

Good Friday Day
Good Friday Day

‘Good Friday’ comes from the sense ‘pious, holy’ of the word “good”. Less common examples of expressions based on this obsolete sense of “good” include “the good book” for the Bible, “good tide” for “Christmas” or Shrovetide, and Good Wednesday for the Wednesday in Holy Week.

A common folk etymology incorrectly analyzes “Good Friday” as a corruption of “God Friday” similar to the linguistically correct description of “goodbye” as a contraction of “God be with you”. In Old English, the day was called “Long Friday” , and equivalents of this term are still used in Scandinavian languages and Finnish.

In Latin, the name used by the Catholic Church until 1955 was Feria sexta in Parasceve (“Friday of Preparation [for the Sabbath]”). In the 1955 reform of Holy Week, it was renamed Feria sexta in Passione et Morte Domini (“Friday of the Passion and Death of the Lord”), and in the new rite introduced in 1970, shortened to Feria sexta in Passione Domini (“Friday of the Passion of the Lord”).

The date of Good Friday varies from one year to the next in both the Gregorian and Julian calendars. Eastern and Western Christianity disagree over the computation of the date of Easter and therefore of Good Friday.

Good Friday is a widely instituted legal holiday around the world, including in most Western countries and 12 U.S. states. Some predominantly Christian countries, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting certain acts such as dancing and horse racing, in remembrance of the somber nature of Good Friday.

In the Roman Catholic church, the Good Friday liturgy is composed of three distinct parts: readings and prayers, including the reading of the Passion according to St. John; the veneration of the cross; and a general communion service (formerly called the Mass of the Presanctified), involving the reception of preconsecrated hosts by the priest and faithful.

Jesus wishes you a Good Friday
Jesus wishes you a Good Friday

In the Bible, Good Friday fulfills the prophecy Christ gave to His disciples on multiple occasions. Just a week prior Jesus had been celebrated in the streets; yet, Jesus knew what was to come. This is why, the night before, Jesus brought His disciples to the Last Supper in Mark 14.

Around the world, Good Friday is celebrated in many different ways to call to light what Jesus did and to worship Him well. The death of Jesus on the Cross preceded the miracle that came from Him keeping His promise to rise again on the Third Day. In leading up to such a day it is only fitting to praise His name during the wait.

From the 16th century on, the Good Friday service took place in the morning; in 1955 Pope Pius XII decreed that it be held in the afternoon or evening. As a result, such traditional afternoon devotions as the Tre Ore (Italian, “three hours”), consisting of sermons, meditations, and prayers centering on the three-hour agony of Christ on the cross, were almost entirely discontinued in the Roman Catholic church.

In most of Europe, in South America, in the United Kingdom and many parts of the Commonwealth, and in several states of the U.S., Good Friday is a legal holiday. In London, England each year a play depicting the crucifixion is held at Trafalgar Square. It is free and open to the public, but it is to show a reproduction of what occurred rather than just the reading of what occurred. Thanks to modern technology it is even live-streamed for those not living in England to watch to see. The event is canceled this year in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but you can find more information here.

Some Christians may attend special church services or prayer vigils. Good Friday is a day of mourning and quiet prayer for many Christians. The candles are often extinguished and statues, paintings and crosses may be draped in black, purple or gray cloth. Some Catholics treat Good Friday as a day of fasting, while others observe a partial fast involving the exclusion of meat.

Some homes keep a quiet atmosphere, with little or no outside activities and limited television, radio, and computer use, in observing Good Friday. Others choose to play music such as JS Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion. Some people bake hot cross buns, a traditional Good Friday sweet.

Good Friday is another day at work for many Americans, as it is not a national holiday. Some people may choose to take a day off work and have a long “Spring Break” weekend. In some states, employees are given a day off on Good Friday. Good Friday is not an official holiday in the United States. Regular services will continue according the schedule in some areas, including Toledo, Ohio, where the city’s refuse will be collected during its regular schedule. However, financial markets, as well as many businesses, public schools and universities/colleges are closed on Good Friday.

Mass on Good Friday
Mass on Good Friday

Good Friday is a state holiday in some states such as Hawaii, where city and state offices are closed and some forms of public transport (eg. buses) run on the state holiday schedule. In some areas, such as Perry County in Tennessee, Good Friday is a school holiday. Good Friday is a holiday designated by the governor as a day of fasting and prayer in Connecticut.

In accordance with state law, Indiana state employees are given a day off on Good Friday, a religious holiday. In 1999, in the case of Bridenbaugh v O’Bannon, an Indiana state employee sued the governor for giving state employees Good Friday as a day off. The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the plaintiff, stating that the government could give state employees a paid day off when that day is a religious holiday, including Good Friday, but only so long as the state can provide a valid secular purpose that coincides with the obvious religious purpose of the holiday.

In Germany, it is referred to as, Karfreitag, or Sorrowful Friday. It is hard to reconcile why such a somber day would be referred to as, good, but the reference comes from England in the 1200s. The purpose of referring to the day Christ died serves as a reminder that God’s great love for man was shown this day, or rather that the good that came from such an event was the salvation of the world.

Easter, annual festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the most important feast of the Christian year. Easter is a joyous occasion because on this day Christians celebrate Christ’s victory over death. To those who believe in Christ, Easter also symbolizes their own participation in his death and rebirth to a new life.

Easter is celebrated on a Sunday. In Western Christianity, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Thus, for Western churches the earliest possible date of Easter is March 22 and the latest possible date is April 25. In Eastern (Orthodox) Christianity, Easter is celebrated on a Sunday between April 4 and May 8, usually following the date of Western Easter by a week or more. In some years the dates of Western Easter and Orthodox Easter coincide.

Easter is the central point in a long season of religious observances. It is preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of penitence and prayer observed by many Christians. Among Western churches, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the last day of Holy Week, which immediately precedes Easter Sunday. The Easter Season lasts until Trinity Sunday, the eighth Sunday after Easter.

Rooted in ancient tradition and centered on impressive church services, Easter is primarily a religious festival. However, many customs of the season are less serious in nature and have more to do with the beginning of spring. Painting eggs in bright colors with pretty designs is a popular Easter pastime that particularly delights children. Other customs include various Easter foods, the practice of wearing new clothes on Easter Sunday, and the traditional Easter egg hunts and Easter rabbits.

You can also read some articles about other Festival and Holiday Days:

Martin Luther King Day   January 17, 2022

Saint Valentine’s Day  February 14, 2022

Presidents Day   February 21, 2022

Saint Patrick Day  March 17, 2022

April Fools Day  April 1, 2022

Good Friday April 15, 2022

International Worker Day  May 1, 2022

Memorial Day    May 30, 2022

Juneteenth Holiday  June 20, 2022 

Independence Day  July 4, 2022

Labor Day  September 5, 2022

Halloween or all hallows eve  October 31, 2022

Thanksgiving Day  November 24, 2022

Black Friday Day  November 25, 2022

Christmas Holidays   December 25, 2022

Chinese New Year  February 1, 2022