Good Friday 2019: 10 Interesting and lesser known facts about this day that you might not know

As per common belief, he died for our sins and that's why the Christians do not celebrate on Good Friday and they remember his suffering and his journey. Also, on this day there is no decoration and no mass in the church. On a pious day, we have compiled some of the lesser known and interesting facts related to the day. Read on to know more.

Good Friday is one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. This year, it falls on April 19, 2019. Christians across the world commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus on this day and later celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. On this day, in most parts of the world, especially in the Christian-dominated nations it is declared as a national holiday. 

For the unversed, Lord Jesus or Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ was crucified on a wooden cross. Lord Jesus was betrayed by Judas and was later sentenced to death for claiming to be the Son of God. As per common belief, he died for our sins and that's why the Christians do not celebrate on Good Friday and they remember his suffering and his journey. Also, on this day there is no decoration and no mass in the church.

On a pious day, we have compiled some of the lesser known and interesting facts related to the day. Read on to know more.

1. Good Friday is also known by many other names such as Easter Friday, Black Friday, Great Friday, Holy Friday, Gottes Freitag or God’s Friday and Mourning Friday.

2. Radio and TV stations in New Zealand are banned to play any commercial content on Good Friday or else they will be fined.

3. In the Philippines, they re-enact the Crucifixion by actually nailing people (who volunteer). 

4. Many do not know that the Saturday after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday is known as Holy Saturday.

5. There is an old superstition on how if you wash your clothes on this day then the head of the household could die.

6. No one actually knows from where the name “Good Friday” came from. There are many theories on the same. Many believe that the "Good" means "Holy", while others think that "Good" is used in replace of "God." 

7. The very first Good Friday was on April 3, A.D. 33. 

8. The Thursday before Good Friday also has a name. It is known as a Holy Thursday or Maundry Thursday. 

9. During the Great Fire of New Orleans in the year 1788, priests had refused to allow church bells to be rung as fire alarms because it was Good Friday. And due to their decision, around 856 buildings got burned.

10. In Ireland, the selling of alcohol on this day is banned.

ALSO READ: Good Friday 2019: Why is Good Friday celebrated? Here’s a look at its significance and history

Credits: Pinkvilla

Add new comment