The significance of Good Friday

Here's what you need to know about Good Friday and what it means to most Christians. 
By Ridhika Joshi | SHILLONG:

Have you ever wondered why Christian schools get a week-long holiday ahead of Good Friday? 

Here's what you need to know about Good Friday and what it means to most Christians. 

Good Friday is a crucial day for Christians across the globe as it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary and is observed during Holy Week "on Friday preceding Easter Sunday".

It is perceived as a day of mourning and penance and is also called 'Holy Friday', 'Silent Friday', 'Easter Friday', or 'Great Friday'. 

This year, Christians will observe Good Friday on April 2, albeit with a few restrictions given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The entire holy week for Christians initiated with Palm Sunday(March 29) and will end on Easter Monday on April 5. 

Likewise, Easter Monday is termed as 'Bright Monday' or 'Renewal Monday'. 

Why is the day of 'Crucifixion of Jesus Christ' called Good Friday?

Good Friday is an important part of Christianity as it celebrates what they believe to be the most pivotal day in history. 

On Good Friday, Jesus willingly suffered and died to atone for the sins of man. 

Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as gruesome as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God's plan to save his people from sin.

In short, Jesus' death saved mankind.

The essence of Easter

Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

The resurrection established Jesus as the Son of God and reconciled man to his creator.

Jesus Christ lived a life in complete submission to the will and desires of God. He lived a life devoted to God. 

Perhaps if we let all these prevail in our hearts and lives, we'd be closer to understanding the spirit of Easter. There would be no time for revelry, carousing, and other forms of debauchery.

And with that said, we wish you all a glorious Easter.

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