Good Friday

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the Friday before Easter, a holy day of the Christian church, observed as the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus.
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Origin of Good Friday

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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What is Good Friday?

Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus. It’s the Friday before Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and is considered the most important Christian holiday.

Good Friday occurs during Holy Week, between Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday.

When is Good Friday?

In 2022, Good Friday will fall on April 15. In 2023, it will fall on April 7.

Good Friday is always the Friday before Easter, but Easter moves every year. This means that Good Friday can fall anytime between March 20 and April 23.

In the Orthodox Church, the date of Easter is calculated in a different way.

In 2022, the Orthodox Church will observe Good Friday on April 22. In 2023, the Orthodox Church will observe Good Friday on April 14.

Why is it called Good Friday?

The first records of the term Good Friday come from the 1200s. The good in Good Friday doesn’t mean “good” in the typical sense—it means “holy.”

Because Christians observe Good Friday as the anniversary of the day that Jesus was crucified and died, it is typically treated as a day for somber reflection. Some people fast for the day or continue the fast they observed throughout Lent. In contrast, Easter is treated as a time of celebration.

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How is Good Friday discussed in real life?

Christians treat Good Friday as a day of somber reflection before the celebration of Easter.



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British Dictionary definitions for Good Friday

Good Friday

the Friday before Easter, observed as a commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus
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Cultural definitions for Good Friday

Good Friday

The Friday before Easter Sunday; a day on which Christians (see also Christian) commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus. Good Friday means “holy Friday.”

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