8 Unknown Facts about Good Friday
by Jaano India
8. Good Friday marks Jesus Christ's crucifixion, but the term's origin is unclear, with theories ranging from "God's Friday" to a corruption of "Gottes Freitag," German for "God's Friday."
7. Good Friday is not a federal holiday in the United States, but it is observed as a public holiday in many other countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
6. Some Christians fast on Good Friday, abstaining from meat or certain foods, as a form of penance or remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice.
5. In some countries, It's a day of mourning and reflection, with church bells ringing somberly, and services held in the afternoon or evening to commemorate the hours Jesus spent on the cross.
4. The color associated with Good Friday is often black or dark purple, symbolizing mourning and penance. In some traditions, churches may cover their statues and crosses with black cloth.
3. In parts of the world, It's marked by reenactments of the crucifixion, where participants dress up as Roman soldiers and Jesus, and the events leading up to the crucifixion are dramatized.
2. Good Friday is the only day in the Christian calendar when Mass is not celebrated, as it is considered a day of mourning and reflection.
1. Many Christians believe that Jesus died on Good Friday and was resurrected on Easter Sunday, signifying the triumph of life over death and the redemption of humanity.
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