Across the world, Christians observe Good Friday two days ahead of Easter Sunday, as the day when Jesus Christ died on the cross to save humanity before his resurrection on Easter day. Considered to be one of the most sacred and sombre days of the year for Christians, Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday.
Marked as a public holiday in countries such as India, Singapore, Canada, Australia, UK, Brazil and Germany, devotees take part in prayer and attend Church services in the evening. Catholics often fast on Good Friday or abstain from meat while Protestants follow the no meat tradition.
Since the day marks the crucifixion of Christ, the terming of the day as ‘Good’ has been contested with some saying that ‘Good’ refers to ‘holy’ and others saying that it evolved from the phrase ‘God Friday’.