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christian FESTIVALS

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Good Friday

Jesus Christ was born to the lady known as Marry in small town called Nezareth in Israel. He is also considered to be the Son of God – as it is believed that he had certain kind of spark or glow on his face at the time of his birth.

But many priests including Judas and Jewish community found him guilty as they thought that his teachings according to them are spreading revolutionary changes and riots in their town amongst people.

Moreover, they built a conspiracy / plot against him in which they planned to hatch Christ. After plotting against him, they started putting up charges against him for motivating people not to pay taxes to their King and by claiming these charges in front of the Governor they arrested him and on the next day he was produced in front of the Roman Governor to prove his innocence. But as the luck was on his side, Roman Governor didn’t found anything wrong in his teachings and gave him a clean chit. But these people (communities) tried their hard luck and finally proved that his teachings were wrong and motivating crime and were bringing revolutionary changes in the society. Eventually, Christ was handed over to Jewish and Judas communities because they didn’t obeyed to any of the decisions given by the Roman Governor.

After Christ’s possession they took him for crucifixion. He was brutally killed by his opponents as they made him wear crown of thorns and on the huge wooden cross he was hanged and was addressed by the crowd as ‘King of Jews’ which were following him on his way to possession. With him there were two other criminals who died on the same day and led to the same place where he was led.

After three hours of nailing down and suffering he died at 3 o’clock. But before dying he prayed his last wish to God that; please God forgive the sinner’s who planned the conspiracy against me as they don’t know that by killing him what size of sin they have performed.

Hence, till today on Good Friday a cross is unveiled in churches world over and Christians keep fast on Easter and begin the rituals for Good Friday on this very day!!

The Good Friday celebration starts by kissing a plank of wood depicted on the cross of Christ. After this ritual people perform other practice which starts from 3 o’clock where narratives read out four gospels from the holy book and latter on general communion service is performed at midnight after which a burial takes place. On Good Friday particularly, the bells of the church remains silent (which rather on other days doesn’t) because this day is marked as a SAD DAY for Christians.

People follow the example of Jesus Christ and keep fast on this day as according to one story – Christ fasted in desert to overcome the Evil One for forty days before the beginning of His teachings. However, this period of forty days is popularly known as ‘Ash Wednesday’. This ends on ‘Lent’ also known as ‘Good Friday’ following the other day i.e. Easter Sunday.

Many people even today perform a three-hour service on Friday in remembrance of the death of Christ in which one service includes seven distinct elements stating seven utterances of Christ when he was hanged on cross. This incident is famously depicted in the small town near Goa (in India) called Panjim which celebrates Good Friday in large spirit. Many people gather there to take part in the celebrations which is held in full bloom in the churches.