Good Friday 2023: Names, Date, History and Significance

Good Friday 2023 is on Friday, April 7th (4/07/2023). Good Friday is the 97th day of 2023.

Good Friday is a worldwide popular Christian ritual that falls in the month of April every year according to the Gregorian calendar. It is held two days before Easter Sunday and commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary which is located outside the walls of Jerusalem. Actually, this day is celebrated as a mourning day after the death of Jesus Christ.

Most Christian communities observe fasts on this day and observe memories related to this day in the church, such as the death, burial, resurrection of Jesus Christ, etc.

This day is also part of the Paschal Triduum and begins on Thursday evening and continues until Easter Sunday. More details regarding Good Friday 2023, such as dates, History, Significance and why celebrated are given below.

Good Friday Names

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the day when the Christian community, even all, commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday for the year 2023 is being celebrated by the Christians Community on Friday, 7th April, while Easter falls on Sunday 9th April 2023. Good Friday is also Popular as Holi Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, and Easter Friday in the World.

Good Friday 2023 dates
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Date of Good Friday in 2023

The date of Good Friday differs every year in April according to the Gregorian and Julian calendars. It is celebrated before Easter Sunday and the upcoming date is 7th April 2023. Good Friday 2023 will be celebrated by Christians on 7th April 2023. This day (7th April 2023) will be observed as a public holiday in many countries as well as India.

The Important dates of Good Friday 2023 are as follows:

Festival
Good Friday
Known as
Holi Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday
and Easter Friday
Good Friday 2023
7th April 2023
Easter Sunday
9th April 2023
Celebrated by
Christian Community

History of Good Friday

Good Friday is the day on which Romans crucified Jesus. It is believed and mentioned in the ‘New Testament’ that Jesus was publicly beaten and crowned with thorns. In his battered condition, Jesus was forced to carry a heavy wooden cross in the streets among a vast crowd. Ultimately, he was crucified with his wrists and feet tied until he died.

The Jewish religious leaders condemned the blasphemy of Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God. However, they were so agitated by Jesus’ acts that they brought him to the Romans. After that, the Roman leader Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to crucifixion.

Significance of Good Friday

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All Christian communities in the world celebrate Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the passion, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, which are mentioned in the holy book (Bible). It is Good Friday the day after Maundy Thursday which commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross.

Good Friday is a widely established legal holiday worldwide, including in most western countries. Some predominantly Christian countries, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting acts such as dancing and horse racing in memory of the gloomy nature of Good Friday.

Why is Easter Celebrated?

Easter is an important festival or feast celebrated by the Christian community. It is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which is celebrated three days after his crucifixion.

FAQs
Q: On which date Good Friday will be celebrated in 2023

A: Good Friday will be celebrated on 7th April 2023.

Q: When is Easter Sunday 2023?
A: Easter Sunday will be celebrated on 9th April 2023.

Q: Why is Good Friday celebrated?

A: Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion, passion and death of Jesus Christ.

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