Celebrating Good Friday

By Angela Bekiaris

Easter always fall on a different date?
Easter and the associated public holidays can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25, explains the Church. In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Autumn Equinox, and so the date of Easter changes because the full moon can fall on different days in different time zones.
The death of Jesus occurred around the Jewish Passover, which is traditionally held on first full moon following the vernal equinox, and because the full moon can vary in each time zone, the Church said that they would use the 14th day of the lunar month instead – the Paschal Full Moon – and host Easter Day on the following Sunday. Once the date of the moon is known, Easter Day and the Easter holidays can be determined.


Why Is It Called Good Friday?
While it’s actually a dark day commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus, it’s a crucial day as Christians celebrate what they believe to be theist momentous weekend in the history of the world. christianity.com explains that ‘ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation’.
On this day we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, followed by easter Sunday, the glorious celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.
So while the day was in fact ‘bad’, it became good according to the Church because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.

Did You Know?
According to timeanddate.com, the Orthodox Easter dates usually differ from the dates used by western churches because most Orthodox churches retained some version of the Julian calendar, which is older than the Gregorian calendar, commonly used today.