This year, Good Friday will be celebrated on 2nd of April. Also known as Black Friday, it is one of the most important holidays for the Christians. Good Friday is the "God's Friday" because it commemorates the symbolic sacrifice of God's son, Jesus Christ, who chose to be crucified for the sake of the common people, so that they could be free of their sins, forgiven by God, and could find peace and harmony in their lives. This day is marked by sorrow and mourning, with people fasting and attending church services. Since it comes before Easter Sunday, Good Friday has its own significance during the holy week.
The Historical Significance of Good Friday
- According to the Gospels, one of Jesus Christ's disciples, Judas Iscariot, announced the existence of Jesus Christ in exchange for a petty reward of 30 silver coins. As per the ancient texts, Jesus Christ was imprisoned and was taken to the house of Annas. There, he was interrogated for several hours, by the priests who were not pleased with his answer. This resulted in his imprisonment by Caiaphas - the priest who planned the entire plot to crucify Jesus Christ.
- Jesus was brought before the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, who failed to find any crime or charge against Jesus Christ and chose to release him. This angered the chief priests, who demanded the death of Jesus Christ, since he considered himself as the "God's Son".
- While Jesus claimed to be innocent, he surrendered himself to the public in anticipation of riots. With this, the "Stations of Cross" walk began, with Jesus carrying the cross accompanied by Simon of Cyrene, and he was crucified in "The Place of Skull" named "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews."
- His suffering is said to have lasted for six hours until his soul eventually left his mortal body. His body was respectfully wrapped and placed in the tomb. It was after three days that he resurrected from the dead. Since then, Good Friday is celebrated every year before Easter.
Astrological Significance of Good Friday
The end of the day, according to Christian natives, was marked by the end of Jesus Christ's sufferings, which led to Christ's journey to heaven, after his death. On this day, Christ suffered the full brunt of God's wrath and sacrificed his life to attain salvation. This day marks the end of human sufferings and bad deeds and the arrival of Easter. So, Good Friday is a day of sincerity and prayers for the whole mankind.
Relevant facts about Good Friday
- On Good Friday, hot sweet cross buns are eaten, which relates to the fact that eating these buns on this auspicious day will protect you from evil and enhance your luck.
- On Good Friday, church bells all over the world oscillate 33 times to mark Jesus Christ's death and life on this mortal earth.
- There is a widespread belief that every child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday will be endowed with healing abilities.
- Some strong believers of Good Friday refrain from having any kind of meat and alcohol during this Holy week to show love and kindness towards living beings.
So, we may conclude that Good Friday is a solemn day of prayers, love, and honesty in which everyone seeks to put an end to their sufferings and begin a new year of peace and prosperity by being compassionate to all living beings.