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Good Friday 2020 Special: How is Good Friday Celebrated

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How is Good Friday Celebrated
Good Friday 2020

Today, we will discuss a special day again which is "Good Friday" and I hope, you are enjoying friends. I know this is still a tough time but try to be happy because that's why it's called Life. 
10 April 2020, is a Christian holiday as Christians all over the world gear up to celebrate what is known as Good Friday. 

Good Friday is a Christian holiday that commemorates the death of Jesus Christ by Crucifixion at Cavalry. It is observed during the Holy Week and as a part of the Paschal Triduum. The Paschal Triduum is three days that end on Easter Sunday with evening prayers. It falls on the Friday preceding the Easter Sunday. And is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday and Black Friday. 

Jesus or Jesus Christ was a Jewish preacher in the first century. He was a religious leader and the central figure of Christianity. He is believed to be the incarnation of God the Son, and the much-awaited Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. He preached orally and began his own ministry. He was also known as a rabbi. 

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It is said that he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born to a virgin named Mary. He is the founder of the Christian Church and was crucified on the order of Pontius Pilate. He died willingly for the atonement of sin. And he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. 

He was arrested and tried for claiming to be a son of God and the king of jews. Crucifixion was the highest form of punishment at the time. And Jesus was flogged and forced to carry his cross through jeering crowds before finally being nailed to it with two other criminals.


Jesus is revered outside of Christianity too. He is referred to as Isa in Islam. And is considered an important prophet and Messiah of God. Whereas Judaism rejects the notion of Jesus being God or a prophet of God in any way.

Members of almost all Christian denominations, including the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Oriental Orthodox, and Reformed traditions, observe fasts and church services on this day.

The date of Good Friday varies almost every year on both the Julian and the Gregorian calendars. There have been many disagreements between Eastern and Western Christianity on the date of Easter and also of Good Friday with no consensus reached as of yet. 

But Good Friday is a legal holiday around the world and this includes 12 US States and almost all Western Countries. One main custom on this day is the observation of the Black fast. It Is a severe form of Christian fasting. Only water can be consumed or a restricted handout of bread and some herbs along with salt.

Good Friday is celebrated as a day of sorrow, fasting, and penance. Easter falls two days after Good Friday and is celebrated as the day of Jesus’ resurrection. The question of when to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus sparked major debates and controversies. 


Until the 4th century the last supper, his death, and his resurrection were all celebrated on the one day, in the evening before Easter. But now all three events are celebrated on three separate days. 

According to The Catholic law of abstinence, Catholics aged 14 and above are not allowed to eat meat on Good Friday. Church altars are stripped bare and their bells are muffled on this day as a sign on sorrow. Services have held that recount Jesus’ painful crucifixion. 

Good Friday is the most sorrowful, somber yet the holiest of holidays for Christians. It is not so much a day of celebration as it is a day of mourning. For Roman Catholics, there is no mass on Good Friday but usually, there is a service and many churches have stations of the cross which they might like to attend. 

Some Christian communities also hold Passion Plays. At 3pm, whoever is not able to go to mass, is supposed to at least stop whatever they are doing and pray. The whole idea of Good Friday though is to reflect on Jesus’ death for the whole day, to go over his teachings and to remember that he died for the atonement of people’s sins. 

All Christian denominations hold different traditions on Good Friday and the best way to learn about them would be to ask their pastors and priests and by visiting the church on this day.

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