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Introduction

Good Friday is the religious celebration, celebrated every year by the people of the Christian religion all over the world to commemorate the last moments, death and crucifixion of the Jesus Christ. Good Friday has been declared as a gazetted holiday all over the India by the Government of India. It is a part celebration of the Paschal Triduum and celebrated during the Holy Week. It is also commemorated together with the Jewish observance of the Passover. According to the Biblical and Julian calendars, the Crucifixion of the Jesus Christ was on a Friday in the AD 33 or AD 34.

 

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History of Good Friday

According to the Gospels, one of the disciples of the Jesus Christ called Judas Iscariot had guided some temple guards to arrest the Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas Iscariot had received at least 30 pieces of the silver for doing such against the Jesus Christ. After getting arrested, Jesus Christ was brought to the Annas (father-in-law of the Caiaphas, a high priest). He was sentenced to death when nothing told in favor of him during the interrogation. During the solemn oath by the high priest “I adjure you, by the Living God, to tell us, are you the Anointed One, the Son of God?” Jesus Christ answered very unclearly that, “You have said it, and in time you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty, coming on the clouds of Heaven.”

Jesus Christ charged for subverting the nation, leading as a king and opposing the taxes to Caesar that’s why he was brought to the Roman governor named Pontius Pilate in the morning. Pontius Pilate told Jewish leaders to judge the Jesus case according to their own law but Jewish leaders were not allowed by the Romans for judging the sentence of death and then the case was referred by the Pontius Pilate to the ruler of Galilee (King Herod) as Jesus Christ was also a Galilee. Jesus Christ answered nothing for many questions of the Herod that’s why he was sent back to Pontius Pilate by the King Herod, where he was not founded guilty.

As Pontius Pilate’s wife saw the Jesus Christ in her last night dreams and told to her husband to no to do any mistake with that righteous man. Pontius Pilate brought the Jesus Christ out from crowd to release him; soon he was charged for another mistake by the chief priests that Jesus Christ was demanded for sentenced to death “because he claimed to be God’s son.” As soon as he heard the statement, Pontius Pilate started fearing and brought Jesus Christ back to the palace in order to known the complete information about him.

 

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Pontius Pilate declared that Jesus was innocent in order to stay away from blame however; he handed over the Jesus Christ for crucifixion to prevent the riot and save his job. He was brought to the execution place or the place of the Skull and crucified on the cross. After his crucifixion the whole land was full of with darkness. He gave up his spirit with loud cry and temple curtain was torn top to bottom because of the earthquake. At the site of crucifixion, it was declared that “Truly this was God’s Son!”

A secret follower of the Jesus Christ named Joseph of Arimathea went to the Pontius Pilate to request the Jesus Christ body. After the confirmation of the death of the Jesus Christ by the Pontius Pilate, it was handed over to his followers. Another follower named Nicodemus wrapped the body of Christ with mixture of spices to be fresh for some days. On the 3rd day (Easter Sunday or Pascha) he rose from the dead body.

 

How to celebrate Good Friday

Many Christians in India attend special church services or pray on Good Friday. Some people also fast or abstain from meat on this day. Many Christians hold parades or open air plays to portray the last days and hours of Jesus' life in some areas of India.

Good Friday is a day of sadness, in which churches are empty and dark. Services are held in the afternoon. Many churches have a bitter drink prepared from leaves, vinegar, and other ingredients. This drink is for everyone to taste after the service.

 

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