New Delhi, April 14: Good Friday an important event in Christianity as it represents the sacrifices and suffering in Jesus life. Good Friday is a day of sadness when churches are seemed empty. In India, Good Friday is celebrated today. Some Christians even fast on this day and some attend prayers.In an early first century, the Church set aside every Friday as a special day of prayer and fasting. The Church began observing the Friday before Easter as the day associated with the crucifixion of Christ after the fourth century. First called Holy or Great Friday by the Greek Church, the name Good Friday was adopted by the Roman Church around the sixth or seventh century.
The two origins are possible for name Good Friday. First possible can be Gallican Church in Gaul (modern-day France and Germany). The name ‘Gute Freitag’ is Germanic in origin and literally means good or holy Friday. The second possible can be a variation on the name God's Friday where the word good was used to replace the word, God.
Good Friday or Holy Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. In India, many Christians come together for large prayer meetings and parades. The majority of Christians participates in the parades from which few does a street play explaining the history of Jesus Christ.
On the occasion of Good Friday, Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted that “We remember the service & sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He was a life devoted to mitigating human suffering”.