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Good Friday is the Christian holiday that remembers when Jesus Christ died.
India is a country of diverse religions and where Christian holidays are recognised amongst national, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and many other holidays.
In the Christian faith, Jesus Christ is the son of God. He came to earth to bring teachings from God and to die as the one sacrifice for all people. His end was a lonely and agonising death on a wooden cross. His story is in the first four books of the New Testament in the Christian Bible, also known as the Scriptures.
A lot of Christians attend Church services on Good Friday afternoon as a part of the commemoration of Easter, which culminates on the third day – Easter Sunday. On Good Friday, the churches are dark and solemn. It is a day of sadness. Often, following the service, everyone tastes a bitter drink of vinegar and leaves.
Many churches present public re-enactments of Jesus’ being taken to the place where he was to die. Sometimes a large wooden cross is dragged along and, sometimes, individual Christians carry small wooden crosses.
The mood changes on the third day. Easter Sunday is a day of celebration because it is the day when Jesus Christ rose from death as the Bible writings had predicted.
Good Friday is not always on the same date each year because it is the first Friday after the first full moon following the March equinox.
In India, Good Friday is recognised as a holiday in most states and territories. Many schools, government offices and businesses are closed on this public holiday and public transport may be affected.
To read more about Good Friday, go here.
To read more about Easter Sunday, go here.