Why is it called good friday?
Not only by the name of â€œgood Fridayâ€ have we called this day. In different countries it is known by different names. In Latin America, France Italy, Vietnam, Japan, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Philippines is called as â€œholy Fridayâ€, â€œMourning Fridayâ€ in Germany, â€œlong Fridayâ€ in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and â€œsad Fridayâ€ in some Arabic and Asian countries. So now here the question is that why is it known as â€œgood Fridayâ€ in English speaking land? It is observed as the day marking death of Jesus Christ on cross on 3rd April A.D 33. According to western churchâ€™s liturgical calendar it was the last Friday before Easter and an adjective of â€œgoodâ€ is attached to it which was taken as the similar meaning of â€œholyâ€ in old English.
If it was named as â€œsadâ€ or â€œmourningâ€ Friday the people might have observed it as a sad day so that might be one reason why it is given the adjective â€œgoodâ€. Another reason for it may be that it was a great victory of Jesus Christ over the evils like death, devil and sin. It is said that he took on himself all the sins of mankind for once so it was a gift for all mankind. Some think that the word â€œgoodâ€ and â€œgodâ€ has been mixed up as they are spelled almost similarly. So it may be â€œgodâ€™s Fridayâ€ which has now changed to â€œgood Fridayâ€ like the phrase â€œgod be with youâ€ has now changed to â€œgood byeâ€. So we can say that it might have happened with the â€œgood Fridayâ€ and is celebrated all over the world.