Why Good Friday is observed. Good Friday is observed during the Holy Week on the Friday preceding the Easter Sunday. For Christians, unlike Christmas, Good Friday is a day of mourning.
According to the Canonical gospel, Jesus Christ was crucified on this Friday after much torment and sufferings which eventually lead to his death. So, they lament on the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ which they believe is of great essence as it brought salvation to the human race.
This year, Good Friday 2013 will be observed on Friday, March 29. People will gather at the churches and attend mass, sing Good Friday songs, read passages from the holy Bible to mark the significance of Good Friday. Every year on this day, devotees in black clothes assemble at the church and take out processions of Jesus’ idol.
A ritual burial is also carried out. Statues and pictures of Jesus at churches are covered in black clothes to mourn the day. At the mass prayers, priest read Good Friday sermons from the Bible and remember Jesus. Many people at the end of the day or procession spend sometime to meditate and chant prayers silently.
Moreover, many devotional followers of Christ abstain from having meat or wine, and if possible keep a fast. Churches also encourage people to become actively involved in philanthropic activities for the well being of the society.
Celebration of Good Friday is observed across the world including India where a majority of Christian population resides.