Good Friday 2021 is being celebrated across India on 2nd April 2021. On the occasion of the day, we are going to tell you the history, origin and the significance of Good Friday. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday and even Black Friday. A significant day for Christian Community, it marks the day when Jesus Christ was crucified and died. The day precedes Easter Sunday, the day when Jesus Christ was resurrected and came back.

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Good Friday 2021: Why is it observed and why call it ‘Good’ Friday?

As mentioned above, Good Friday marks the day when Jesus Christ was crucified in Calvary and died after his crucifixion. Unlike most other days celebrated by Christians with joy such as Christmas, Easter Day, Good Friday is a day of mourning. According to both new and old Bible, Jesus Christ, the son of God, was tortured, beaten and was ordered to carry a cross that was meant for his own crucifixion. He breathed his last breath on the cross that he was nailed to. The day is no way a pleasant one by any means, but a sacred one. Hence, it’s called Good Friday, a day that solemnises the sacredness of the occasion.

Good Friday 2021: How do people celebrate Good Friday?

Christians across the world wear black coloured clothes to mourn and express their grief. People from Christian community also make it a point to visit a church and keep a fast. In some places of the world, such as Jerusalem (the place where Jesus Christ died), Christians also enact the whole incident of Jesus carrying a cross. These people dress like Jesus Christ, organize processions where they carry a cross with the same weight as Jesus bore. These people follow Jesus’ footsteps, quite literally and walk the same path which leads to the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion.

All the celebrations of Good Friday across the world have one thing in common: prayers. Churches across the world hold masses and people come together to pray. A prayer is also held at 3:00 pm, as common lore suggests that Jesus Christ took his last breath at this time. However, due to the ongoing second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, not many Churches will hold mass gatherings and people will be at their homes praying.

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Good Friday 2021: PM Narendra Modi, Opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi and more wish Indians

On the occasion of Good Friday, PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “Good Friday reminds us about the struggles and sacrifices of Jesus Christ. A perfect embodiment of compassion, He was devoted to serving the needy and healing the sick.”

Meanwhile Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter and wrote, “Let this Good Friday be a reminder of the power of compassion, love and empathy.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also wished his followers on the occasion of Good Friday and wrote, “This Good Friday, I join you all in remembering Jesus Christ’s message of love & forgiveness. May his grace be with you.”

Karnataka-based National President of Indian Youth Congress Srinivas BV also wished Indian citizens Good Friday and wrote, “The pain the world feels right now brings into sharp focus the pain our lord felt on the cross of Calvary, willingly to atone for our sins. But it ended in thanksgiving just as this pandemic will in Jesus name, Amen.”

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot marked the day and wrote, “On the solemn occasion of #GoodFriday, let us remember Jesus Christ’s message of compassion, forgiveness & service to humanity. His life teaches us the values of devotion & sacrifice for the good of humanity.”

Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio wrote a heartfelt message on the occasion of Good Friday and wrote, “On #GoodFriday, we remember the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His unconditional love for us. Light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. May #GoodFriday2021 bring new meaning and change in our lives. Wishing all Christians a blessed Good Friday.”

 

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