Thursday, April 13, 2017

When is Good Friday in 2017

Good Friday 2017, When is Good Friday in 2017

Good Friday is a national holiday as per Christian calendar. Good Friday 2017 falls on April 14. Easter Sunday would be celebrated on April 16.

The day is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday in different traditions. It marks the begining of the Easter long weekend, which includes Easter Sunday on April 16 and Easter Monday on April 17. Good Friday marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter celebrates his resurrection.

What is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday is an important date in the countdown to Easter, which falls on April 9. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, as per given in the four canonical Gospels. It is known by the name of Palm Sunday as crowds waved palm branches as they followed Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem.

Significance of Good Friday

Do you know Why is it called Good Friday or What happened on Good Friday and Why do we celebrate Good Friday?

Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Gospels state that it was the day that the son of God was betrayed by Judas, before sentencing to death. The date often occurs during Holy Week on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and sometimes coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover. Why it has been given the term  “Good Friday” is because the word “good” means pious or holy.

Good Friday is celebrated on the Friday that immediately precedes Easter Sunday. It traditionally signifies the day on which Jesus was crucified. Christians celebrate Good Friday with a solemn service, usually held in the evening. On this day, Christ’s death is remembered through singing of hymns. People also offer prayers of thanksgiving. The feeling that Christ suffered for the good of mankind is spread. This event of Christ’s death occupies a very important place in everybody’s minds and so Good Friday is remembered all over the world as a very special day. It falls sometime in the English calendar month of March-April.

But Do you know Why it is good when the day marks a time of suffering for Jesus, and his subsequent death? Because it is considered that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and then came back to life on the third day. Jesus willingly suffered and died on the cross making it an ultimate sacrifice. After this comes Easter, when Jesus was resurrected and people are of the view that all who are united with him by faith will all be resurrected in the future. Some Christian traditions also tells about the dark events that took place on Good Friday – for example, in German, the day is called Karfreitag, or ‘Sorrowful Friday’.

When is Good Friday 2018?

Good Friday 2018 is on Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday Celebrations

Good Friday is a part of the Holy Week. This day is traditionally a time of fasting and also penance. Good Friday commemorates the anniversary of crucifixion and death of Christ. It is not just a historical event, it symbolizes the sacrifice that Christ had made for saving the world and it also foretells the resurrection, which reinstates the faith of Christians in Almighty. Christians also believe that Jesus died sometime around three o’ clock in the afternoon, so they prefer to spend the afternoon hours in remembering Him though meditation and prayers.

The many different traditions and customs that are prevalent the world over includes singing or preaching of the Passion of St. John's gospel. The Veneration of the Cross is also a common tradition that is followed in the Western Church. The Christians kneel before the Cross and also kiss parts of it to show their ultimate respect.

In India, Good Friday is marked as a national holiday. Schools and even some offices remain closed. Devout Christians, while attending church services, wear black as a symbol of mourning the death of their Lord. That is why, sometimes, they also call it as Black Friday. In some churches, they do not even light candles. And in other churches even if they are lighted are extinguished. The darkness and sadness is also associated to the supreme sacrifice but at the end there is also the promise and joy of hope.

Good Friday History

The celebration of Good Friday goes back to the ancient times. Good Friday is sometimes interpreted as God Friday.Venerating the Cross is common practice and is believed to have started thousands of years ago in Jerusalem. Christians also believe that Jesus ascended to the Heavens on this day.

Happy Good Friday 2017