Good Friday 2013

Good Friday 2013


Friday 29th March 2013
What do people do?
Many Christians in India to attend special religious services or praying Friday. Some people also fast or abstain from meat that day. Many Christians, parades and outdoor play to portray the last days and hours of Jesus' life in some parts of India.

Friday is a day of sadness, in which the 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.

Public life

National government offices, state and local post offices and banks are closed on Good Friday. Stores Christians, businesses and other organizations may be closed or have reduced hours. Those who wish to use public transport on the day may need to contact the local transport authorities to check the schedules.

Prayer meetings and parades can cause major disruption to local traffic. This is especially true in areas with strong Christian population.

Background
Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This is an important event in Christianity, because it represents the sacrifices and sufferings of Jesus' life. Crucifixion was the culmination of a number of events in Holy Week, including "triumphant return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus washing the feet of the disciples of Jesus, and Jesus' last supper on Holy Thursday. The date of Easter depends on the approximation of the ecclesiastical equinox in March.

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