Primarily celebrated by the Christians, Good Friday gives value and honor to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death in Calvary. Contrary to what others see as a day of feast having to hear the word celebration, it is in fact a day of fasting as what Catholic Church treats it to be. It is observed on the Friday before Easter. So, what do you know about Good Friday?

When is Good Friday 2017

Good Friday 2017 will be commemorated on Friday, April 14.

Good Friday falls between 20 of March and 30 of April, with Easter that falls two days after.

Good Friday Origin

Good Friday is celebrated during Holy Week that precedes Easter Sunday to bring honor and value to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The crucifixion of Jesus was likely to have been on a Friday according to Canonical gospels. Although Gregorian calendar celebrates it on the 17th of April, Christians don’t follow a fixed date; Christians commemorate it on a Friday before Easter.

How do people celebrate Good Friday

Widely known as a day of fasting by the Catholic Church, Catholics are to have one full meal and/or two collations or otherwise known as eating twice in one day but don’t equal to one full meal when combined, with or without abstinence. Meat is abstained generally by many Catholics even calling it at one point as fish day. Other people from different countries are observed to be eating only homemade buns and treats in replacement of one full meal.

In United States, they often celebrate it by keeping a quiet atmosphere with no outside activities, limited usage of radio, televisions and the like. Some may offer prayer vigils and go to special church services. Baking hot cross buns is considered a traditional Good Friday treat.

United Kingdom on the other hand celebrates it through holding liturgies in the afternoon or evening, lighting of candles and some women wear black clothing in celebration of Good Friday.

Traditionally, church bells are not rung on a Good Friday and only sacraments of Baptism, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick are celebrated during this time.

When is Good Friday 2018

Good Friday 2018 will take place on Friday, April 30 2018.