Predominantly observed by the Christians spread all across the globe, it is considered as more of a mourning day remembering the crucifixion of Jesus. In Germany, the day is observed as Karfreitag or 'Sorrowful Friday' in German. Similarly, in Spain, Good Friday is observed as Viernes Santo or 'Holy or Sacred Friday'. Next year, the day will be observed on the 10th of April.
When Is Good Friday 2020
|Day||Holiday||Week number||Holiday type|
|Friday, 10 April 2020||Good Friday 2020||15||Gazetted Holiday|
Good Friday 2019
|Friday, 19 April 2019||Good Friday 2019||Gazetted Holiday|
The history behind Good Friday
Good Friday is held in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus. It is widely believed among the Christians that on this day Jesus was crucified. The resurrection of Jesus, three days later after the crucifixion, is observed as Easter.
In Christianity, it’s believed that the day Jesus died, he carried the sins of the world along with him and because of his sacrifice people are redeemed and can reach heaven after death. The crucifixion and death of Jesus symbolises his sacrifice and forgiveness for all the sins committed by humans.
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How Good Friday is celebrated
The biggest remembrance takes place in the Vatican City where people flock to witness the Pope reciting the way of the cross outside the Colosseum for Catholics from all across the world. A massive cross with torches burns in the sky and believers hold their own candles.
Catholics observe the day by fasting and offering prayers in the Churches. Services are held in the afternoon—the time when Jesus was crucified on the cross. Christians honour Jesus by remembering his sacrifices and the pain he went through during the last hours for the good of all mankind. Some churches also observe the Veneration of the Cross. It’s a small ritual where Christians kneel before the cross to affirm their faith.
Every year in London, on Good Friday a passion play depicting the crucifixion in Trafalgar Square is held. Thousands of people gather to watch the 90-minute play, which is open to public and completely free. In Bermuda, people engage in flying kites that resemble Jesus’s journey or ascension to heaven.
Some Churches, especially those in Mexico and Belgium are covered in black or dark colours. In Jerusalem, which is considered as the birthplace of Jesus, Christians follow the same path that led to Jesus’s crucifixion carrying a cross (sometimes of the same weight) similar to the one that Jesus carried. In Ireland, it’s prohibited to sell alcohol on this day.
In India, people of Christian faith go to churches to offer respect to the Lord. The day is observed as a national holiday for most government offices, IT firms, stock markets, and banks. It’s also a public holiday for people residing in in Daman and Diu, as well as Dadra and Nagar Haveli as per the Bombay High Court’s directive. Parades are held in some places in remembrance of Jesus. Christianity-based religious programmes are common.
Good Friday is more of a sombre day in the entire “Holy Week” and is not celebrated with fairs and events. It’s a day where the Christians gather to remember and honour Jesus’ sacrifice.
Festivities Of Good Friday
- People cover statues, crosses and pictures with black clothes.
- Attend the church and offer prayers.
- Every Christian takes part in the Holy Communion.
- People sing hymns and prayers.
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Symbols Of Good Friday
Good Friday is celebrated in memory of Jesus Christ’s death, passion and crucifixion. The most important symbol of Good Friday is the crucifix, which represents the way in which Jesus Christ died. A few crosses bear a figure of Jesus Christ. Other symbols of Good Friday comprise of black cloth utlised to cover crosses, paintings and statues in churches. Besides, a few people create a plain appearance in churches and houses by removing all flowers.
Good Friday 2021-2026
|Day||Holiday||Week number||Holiday type|
|Friday, 02 April 2021||Good Friday 2021||13||Gazetted Holiday|
|Friday, 15 April 2022||Good Friday 2022||15||Gazetted Holiday|
|Friday, 07 April 2023||Good Friday 2023||14||Gazetted Holiday|
|Friday, 29 March 2024||Good Friday 2024||13||Gazetted Holiday|
|Friday, 18 April 2025||Good Friday 2025||16||Gazetted Holiday|
|Friday, 03 April 2026||Good Friday 2026||14||Gazetted Holiday|
Best destinations In India Io Spend Good Friday holidays 2019
- Goa: Goa represents a very rich Christian culture with many churches. As you can anticipate, Easter is a big deal in the paradise of beach with processions conducted by every single church.
- Mumbai: Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, has more low-key celebrations. The churches in the city hold prayers and mass to honor the festival of Easter.
- Aizwal: Aizwal is the capital city of Mizoram. The city has a vast number of Christians. Churches in the city organise special prayers and worship on the day.
- Kochi: Churches in the city of Kochi conduct services to honor the rebirth of Jesus Christ. Shops shall offer Easter bunnies and goodies while hotels shall offer special Easter Sunday meals.
- Vizag: The Anglo-Indian community in the city of Vizag, a port city, celebrate the rebirth of Jesus Christ. Community hotspots such as Gyanapuram and Soldierpet are the best places to visit.
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Good Friday, a Christian Holiday, honoring the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his demise at Calvary. It is perceived during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. Good Friday is also called Great Friday, Holy Friday, Easter Friday and Black Friday. The date of Good Friday fluctuates from one year to another. It is a largely instituted legal holiday across the globe and is the day after Maundy Thursday.
How Is Good Friday Celebrated?
On the Friday prior to Easter Sunday, many people around the globe celebrate the anniversary of crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This a compliance, which involves people praying and fasting. Several church services are organised in the afternoon, normally around noon or midnight to 03:00 p.m., in order to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. The day is observed by reenacting the procession of the cross in many churches.
Good Friday 2018
|Date||Day||Holiday||Week number||Days to go||Holiday type|
|30 April 2018||Friday||Good Friday 2018||13||96||Gazetted Holiday|