Good Friday

Paola Andrade, Staff Writer

On the 25th of this month, Christians around the world will commemorate the crucifixion of Christ. Yes, you guessed it: it’s Good Friday.

You may be wondering why Good Friday falls in March this year, when last year it was in April. Or maybe you are shouting “Liar” at the top of your lungs… but I assure you, it’s the truth. The day on which we celebrate it depends on Easter, which changes every year. To be precise, it takes place on the Friday before Easter Sunday.

Now, a lot of people wonder why Good Friday is called “good” when it was the day that Jesus Christ perished. The etymology of the word solves the mystery. On one side, some believe it is good because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus. On another, it is thought that it is called “good” because it derives from “God,” and the festivity was originally named God’s Friday. However, linguists strongly disagree with this idea. They insist that English-speaking Christians seem to look for a relationship between the words “good” and “God” where there is absolutely none. The one explanation linguists seem to agree upon is that “god” originates from “holy,” which would make perfect sense because there was, initially, a Good Wednesday that was modified to Holy Wednesday. 

Most of us tend to think that the most important thing about Good Friday is that there is no school. However, Good Friday is a day to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made to cleanse the world from sin. Some people decide to abstain from eating any food at all for the day, while others prefer to refrain from eating a certain type of food like meat or dairy products. Some merely visit their local church for the day. You don’t have to do these things, but if you’re Christian, maybe give Jesus a thought, a second. Even if it means abandoning the comfort of technology for a moment of reflection.

 

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