Facts about Good Friday and Easter Sunday
- the first fact from 10 facts about Good Friday is that Jesus Was Crucified on this Day. Jesus was betrayed by Judas, one of his 12 apostles and was exposed to the high priest as the high priest was already looking for a way to eliminate Jesus, Christ was wrongfully accused of claiming to be the King of Jews and was beaten and a crown was placed on His head to mock him and then nailed to the cross and left to die.
- Mass Is Not Celebrated, Crucifixion of Jesus is called good Friday but still it’s not celebrated, it is the day of mourning in churches all around, processions are held in cities, every one of them unique with their own traditions, in some countries it is spent as a morning da of Jesus with a symbolic funeral, the priests read the scriptures and some television channels show religious content on this day
- Another of Top 10 facts About Good Friday is the Stations of the Cross Walk. On this day Catholics follow the stations of Cross also known as Way of Cross. The path is either inside churches or on the slope of hills outside.
It consists of 14 stages:
- Jesus is condemned to death
- Jesus Carries his Cross
- Jess falls the first time
- Jesus meets his mother
- Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
- Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
- Jesus falls the second time
- Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
- Jesus falls the third
- Jesus is stripped of his garments
- Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
- cross Jesus dies on the cross
- Jesus is taken down from the cross
- Jesus is laid in the tomb.
A15th stage is added representing the Resurrection of Christ often.
- Good Friday’s name: Earliest observation of Good Friday leads all the way back to first century, every Friday was marked with fasting and prayer. In the fourth century this observation shifted to Friday before Easter as it is linked with Christ’s crucifixion. The name ‘Good Friday’ was given by Roman Church in 6th-7th century, before that it was called ‘Holy’ or ‘Great’ Friday
- Good Friday is a national holiday in Cuba since 31st march 2012 on request of Pope Benedict XVI which improved Cuba’s relation with Vatican.
- One interesting fact from 10 facts about Good Friday happens in the Philippines. The day progress with street processions, pasyon chanting, denaskulo performance, passion play and way of cross. Some devotees have themselves crucified as an expression of penance despite the disapproval of church.
- Abstinence for Catholics is basically avoiding something good for greater good. There is nothing wrong with the meat and it is not wrong to eat meat but it is still abstained during Holy Week Fasting. The meat can easily be consumed any other day without restriction. The abstinence is a type of penance to honor the Christ’s sacrifice for mankind’s sins. This abstinence occurs on Good Friday, Ash Wednesday and Lent Friday. This abstinence is a form of minor sacrifice by a collective group of people(Catholics) for the ultimate sacrifice of Christ made by His crucifixion It is also a way to remember the sacrifice and be better human being.
- Popular food on Good Friday are garlic soup and stew of cod, spinach and chick peas. Fish is the only form of meat that can be consumed. It is the day to abstain all kind of food involving meat. Good Friday is the day of fasting which is followed strictly. They can consume only one full meal or two small snacks as long as the portion does not equalize a full meal. Fasting is for aged 18 to 59 and people aged 14-17 just have to abstain meat. It is believed that goods baked on this day and eggs laid on this day can never go bad and hot cross buns are consumed all over the world.
- one weird fact from 10 facts about Good Friday is The bells of church are not rung on this day, in some cultures it is said to kids that they have gone away and will come back on Easter with chocolate eggs.