Good Friday 2023: History, Significance, Why is it Celebrated?

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, and 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 information about Good Friday, such as its names, dates, history, significance and why it is celebrated, is given below.

Good Friday Date 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.

Important dates of Good Friday in 2023 are as follows:

Festival NameGood Friday
Known asHoli Friday, Great Friday,
Black Friday and Easter Friday
Celebration Date7th April 2023
Easter Sunday9th April 2023
Celebrated byChristian Community

Good Friday Meaning

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 History

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.

Good Friday
Jesus Christ

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

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).

Holy Bible
Holy 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.

Easter 2023

Easter for the year 2023 will be celebrated on Sunday, 9 April. 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
Why is Good Friday celebrated?

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

When will Easter be celebrated in 2023

Easter for the year 2023 will be celebrated on Sunday, 9 April

When will Good Friday be celebrated in 2023

Good Friday will be celebrated on 7th April 2023.