The Friday before Easter commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the Christian Faith and is called Good Friday.
Christians around the world recall the biblical story of Jesus’s crucifixion on this day. The day goes by other names as well, such as Holy Friday, Black Friday, and Great Friday. Though sources conflict, the phrase “Good Friday” may have been derived from “God’s Friday,” though sources conflict.
The observance is central to the Christian holy season that leads up to Easter when Jesus Christ was resurrected. While Easter has become a traditional celebration in the secular world, Good Friday has remained a holy and spiritual observance.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GoodFriday
- Churches across the country hold services.
- Depending on the denomination, their services and traditions may vary.
- Many spend the day in meditative reflection.
- Some churches will fast, selected hymns are chosen for services and a black cloth is draped over the altar and cross.
- Other churches will include specific prayers such as the Stations of the Cross.
- Similar to making Easter bread, some make hot cross buns for the observance. Learn more about the biblical story of the crucifixion.
- Hot Cross Buns recipe
- Use #GoodFriday to share on social media.
GOOD FRIDAY HISTORY
The celebration of Good Friday has been observed for centuries, some say since at least the 4th century.
Good Friday FAQs
Q. When does Good Friday happen?
A. Since Easter is based on the lunar calendar, Good Friday can happen anytime between March 20th and April 23rd depending upon when the first full moon occurs after the spring equinox.
Q. How do different countries celebrate Good Friday?
A. Different cultures around the globe celebrate Good Friday with varying traditions.
- El Salvador – Artists create alfombra de asserin (sawdust rugs) using colored sawdust. The artwork depicts a variety of scenes or patterns in honor of Good Friday.
- London – Reenacts the crucifixion as a passion play. The performance is free to the public.
- Ireland – Eggs are marked with a holy cross and are then eaten on Easter Sunday.
- Israel – Christians walk in Jesus’s footsteps in Jerusalem where he was crucified.