Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus Christ, according to the Christian religion.
Upcoming Dates For Good Friday
The date of Good Friday depends on the March equinox. It changes each year, along with Easter Sunday. Here is a list of the upcoming dates:
- Friday, April 14, 2017
- Friday, March 30, 2018
- Friday, March 22, 2019
- Friday, April 10, 2020
- Friday, April 2, 2021
- Friday, April 15, 2022
- Friday, April 7, 2023
- Friday, March 29, 2024
- Friday, April 11, 2025
Where Is Good Friday Considered a Holiday?
Although it is a Christian-based holiday, it is also a public holiday throughout India. There are no government services on Good Friday. There are no post office services or bank services either. Many stores will remain open, however, if they are not observing the holiday. Christian-based stores are likely to be closed as the date is very important to their religion. Public transportation will be largely unaffected. In areas that are largely Christian, there may be traffic delays.
Festivities & Events During Good Friday
It is most common to attend church services on this particular day. Many will sit together and pray at home, but prefer to do so in the church. It's common that Christians will have parades, or host plays, to honor the life of Jesus Christ. It's common that the churches remain dark on this day, as it is as a day of mourning. After the service is held, there is a drink offered for everyone to taste. For some, it is a long weekend. Those individuals may choose to travel with their families, whether they are practicing Christians or not.
A Brief History About Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian-holiday observed in many places throughout the world. Largely observed only by those in the Christian religion. It commemorates the death of Jesus Christ, who was crucified. This holiday coincides with many different Christian events, gaining the name "Holy Week". These events include the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. The date is based on the March equinox, which causes it to vary each year, along with the other celebrations during the week.