Good Friday or holy Friday is a religious festival observed mainly by the Christians honouring the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. It is on this day that Jesus was crucified on the cross on the orders of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. This day represents to the Christians the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus’ life. The day is observed during Holy Week on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and often coincides with Passover. This month the Good Friday is on 14th April 2017.
Easter Celebration in Kerala
The Easter Festival in Kerala is shared into four typical time periods. During the Kerala Easter Festival, the ceremony of Lord Jesus Christ’s supper and the traditional washing of feet are carried out to stress the love for one another on the Holy Thursday. The ritual of the paschal bread is carried out in most of the Christian families. After the dinner is over, a cross cake’ is made and cut into pieces and then distributed among all the family members.
During the Festival of Easter in Kerala, the next day is Good Friday, which is a day of sorrow and the churches remain empty. All the services are held in the afternoon and in most of the churches a spicy drink is served, which is made out of leaves and vinegar, along with other food items. Good Friday is followed by Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The next day is the Holy Easter Saturday, a day of mourning. For the whole day no services are held in any of the churches. But later on, in the night, the churches get jam-packed to observe the Easter Vigil. In the darkness, a new fire is lit and sanctified. At that point of time a candle is vowed and from it many more candles are lit, which suggests the resurrection. There is music in the air and the church bells are rung. The churches and the surrounding areas are illuminated. The next day is the Holy Sunday, which is observed quietly and it ends with a sumptuous dinner at homes with relatives.
Easter and Good Friday in India
Good Friday is a gazette holiday in India. It commemorates the final hours of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, and death, as described in the Christian bible. Some people also fast or abstain from meat on this day. Many Christians hold parades or open air plays to portray the last days and hours of Jesus’ life in some areas of India. Good Friday is a day of sadness, in which churches are empty and dark. Services are held in the afternoon. Many churches have a bitter drink prepared from leaves, vinegar, and other ingredients. This drink is for everyone to taste after the service.
In India, although Easter is not as popular as Christmas is. Christians, on Easter, ensure that the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ is observed with great gusto. To serve the purpose, people have adopted the popular tradition of hosting lavish lunch, dinner and Easter parties (which is seen elsewhere in the world). Interesting games are arranged to keep up the festive spirits, and even small children making beautiful crafts for the festival. All in all, Easter is a wonderful occasion for having a lot of fun.