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Good Friday 2024: Know the significance and why Christians observe it

Good Friday 2024: Know the significance and why Christians observe it

Good Friday 2024: Know the significance and why Christians observe it


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March 29, 2024: Good Friday marks an important day for Christians across the world. Good Friday, followed by Easter Sunday, is observed to remember Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Good Friday is a way to show reverence for Jesus Christ’s suffering for humanity. This year, the day will be observed on March 29, before Easter Sunday which is on March 31. Good Friday is preceded by Maundy Thursday and followed by Holy Saturday.

 

Good Friday


This Christian holiday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday, and Black Friday.

History Of Good Friday

According to the New Testament, Good Friday is the day when Jesus was crucified by the Romans. The Jewish religious leaders had condemned Jesus of blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God. They were so agitated by Jesus’ acts that they brought him to the Romans. Pontius Pilate, a Roman leader, sentenced Jesus to crucifixion--the highest form of criminal punishment at the time.

Jesus was then beaten publicly, and forced to carry a heavy wooden cross through the streets amid a jeering crowd. Finally, he was nailed to the cross by his wrists and feet, where he was left hanging on the cross until he died.

Significance Of Good Friday

For Christians, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ represents the ultimate sacrifice made for the forgiveness of the sins of humanity. This day is, therefore, observed to ask for forgiveness for one’s sins. From the early days of Christianity, Good Friday was observed as a day of sorrow, penance, and fasting.

People pray that they may be liberated from pain, suffering and agony in their lives. According to Christian beliefs, Jesus’ death also signifies the end of all sins. It shows that after all the sins are eliminated, there’s a possibility of a new beginning, which is signified by Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Traditions on Good Friday, include prayers, fasting and almsgiving or charity. Many people fast and attend religious services on Good Friday. Churches hold special rituals to commemorate Jesus Christ’s suffering and muffle their bells as a sign of mourning.


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