Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary and is observed during Holy Week on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday.
While Easter is a legal holiday, the date of the holiday on the Gregorian calendar varies from one year to the next, and there is quite a bit of disagreement about its calculation. Some countries even have laws prohibiting certain acts, such as dancing and horse racing, that are seen as profaning the solemn nature of the day.
Good Friday for Christians is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world, commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus. Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Good Friday is followed by Easter Sunday which is the glorious celebration of the day Jesus rose from the dead.
Good Friday marks the day when God’s wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good.