What is the history behind Good Friday? It is known the day Jesus was crucified and is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also referred to as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday. according to Wikki, “Based on the details of the Canonical gospels, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most likely to have been on a Friday (John 19:42).” Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. It is known as the day when after suffering for many hours, he released his spirit.
Although the day is not a federal holiday in the USA, some states, countries and municipalities may observe the holiday including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina,North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Public schools and universities are usually closed as part of spring break. Banks regulated by the federal government are not closed nor are retail stores. The financial and stock markets are closed. Many countries with a strong Christian tradition such as Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, the countries of the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela, the day is observed as a public or federal holiday. Good Friday is widely accepted as part of the Easter tradition by Christians throughout the world.