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Why is Good Friday Called Good?

Rule Out the Confusion, Here's Why Good Friday is Called 'Good'

The 40 holy days of Lent are coming to a close, and Good Friday is just 'round the corner... I'm sure almost everybody's heard of Good Friday, but how many people know what it's all about? In fact, very surely, the one question that rules a lot of people's minds is, why Good Friday called good? Let us find out.
CelebrationJoy Staff
As children, our only purpose to looking forward to Easter was the Easter bunny, and those delectable Easter eggs. But what happens to the religious aspect? How many people have ever been curious about something like, why is Easter celebrated, or anything on those lines. For that matter, how many people have ever been curious about the significance of Good Friday. We'll take a look at any possible question that you may have, regarding this holy day.

Facts About Good Friday

The Friday that immediately follows Maundy Thursday is the day we all know as Good Friday. As paradoxical as it may sound, there are reasons for this day to be referred to as Good Friday. Perhaps, we can go over what they are...

There has been much confusion in the mind's of many people about the term 'Good Friday', for the day marks the crucifixion and death of Christ. This confusion seems only right, especially if you consider the meaning of the word 'good' in the general sense of the term. In effect, for some, good refers to holy, while for others, good is a derivation of God's Friday. Also known as Karfreitag or Sorrowful Friday in German, Holy Friday in Romance languages, Feria VI in the Parasceve in the Roman Missal, and he hagia kai megale paraskeue or The Holy and Great Friday in the Greek Liturgy, the chronicles of the term are aplenty. The real reason behind referring to this day as 'good' is vague, but to some, it is about the Resurrection of the Lord, that followed on the day that is celebrated as Easter Sunday. For all those who were believers, this resurrection was a new found faith and belief.

Another reason that is believed for the day being called Good Friday is that the death of Christ acts as a reminder to us, telling us that it was human sin that caused his death, and that salvation is attained only by godly sorrow. In order for us to experience joy, or happiness, it is important for us, mankind, to experience sorrow too. It is because of the sorrow of the death of Jesus Christ that man could experience the joy of him coming back to life.

It is also said that the name Good Friday could well be derived from 'God's Friday', which is something like deriving goodbye from 'God be with ye'. The principle behind calling it good is believed as that of the barrier of sin being broken.

Yet another explanation towards the name is that no tragedy, not even death, is so big that it can overshadow the love and grace of God. By that logic too, it seems rational, because it only validates the Christian belief in God.

The irony in the situation is that it is believed that the English phrase comes from its supposed German counterpart, but in reality what is called Karfreitag in German, finds its translation in the words Sorrowful or Suffering Friday. Hence, the fact that it is a translation of the above mentioned phrase seems rather unlikely to some.

The day commemorates Jesus Christ's death on the cross, because he sacrificed his life for all mankind. Whatever the belief, the thought that Easter is in celebration of Christ's victory over death, sin, and all things inhumane, is what counts at the end of it all.