This year Good Friday occurs on the 19th of April, 2019. It marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Christian messiah. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday. Christians tend to practice church services and fasting on Good Friday.
In most parts of the world, this is the day of mourning. Here’s how Good Friday is usually spent:
1. Visiting the Church on Good Friday
Good Friday marks the death of the Christian saviour, so what better place to find solace and pray than the church? The church brings with it feelings of calmness and serenity. There is usually a ceremony depicting the crucifixion process known as the Stations of the Cross. The Christian Community gathers here to mourn together and repent their sins as it is believed that Christ died on the cross for their sins.
2. Eating Cross Bun on Good Friday
Hot Cross Buns became a popular Good Friday tradition after a priest offered them the morning of the day of mourning.
3. Black Friday
Good Friday being a day of mourning is commemorated by wearing black from head to toe. It is believed to be a good day because Christians were absolved of all their sins on the day and a sad one because their lord died on the cross so that they may be forgiven.
4. Reading the Bible on Good Friday
As part of the religious tradition, reading Bible on Good Friday is considered to be a huge act of understanding about God’s efforts for the humanity. The highly recommended part of the Holy Bible is the chapter on “passion”.
5. Praying Together on Good Friday
From Noon to 3 Pm is considered as sacred to Christian as that was the time of suffering for Christ. These hours are also called as the hours of agony!