Despite being celebrated in various countries every year, when it comes to the meaning behind Good Friday, many are unclear on what the true holiday represents. This year, Good Friday falls on Friday, March 30. Sure we get a ton of funny (and punny jokes) out of the holiday but what’s the true reason so many celebrate Good Friday?
Many people in different countries celebrate the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, and death on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Also known as Good Friday, the observance usually involves people fasting and praying. Many church services are held in the afternoon, usually around noon or midday to 3 PM, to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross.
There are many theories as to why the day that remembers Jesus’ death on the cross is known as Good Friday. One theory is that Good Friday stems from the words “God’s Friday,” while others understand “good” in the sense of “observed as holy.”
As for the reasoning and purpose of Good Friday many believe it represents an act of love and constitutes one of the central and most cherished themes of Christianity: that Jesus died to pay the price for humankind’s sins.
While most refer to the day as Good Friday, many Orthodox Christians call the day Great Friday. The day is also known as Black Friday or Sorrowful Friday, as well as Long Friday.
Good Friday is one of the oldest Christian holidays, with sources saying that it has been observed since 100 CE. It was associated with fasting during the early years of its observance and was associated with the crucifixion around the fourth century CE.
Good Friday is celebrated in memory of Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death. Symbolically speaking, the most important Good Friday symbol is the crucifix, or cross, which represents the way in which Jesus died. Some crosses bear a figure of Christ. Other symbols of Good Friday include black cloth used to cover the cross, paintings, and statues in churches and some homes to signify mourning. Also, some people deliberately create a bare appearance in their homes and churches by removing all flowers and shiny objects.
To lighten up the somber mood of the day here are 10 humorous memes to give you a laugh.