Jesus Christ was crowned with thorns, was thrown into it and made to carry it all the way up to mountaineering on his shoulders, where he was crucified.
All this Friday before Easter Sunday,
It is marked as a holy day which constitutes fasting and restraint for most Christians.
So why do we celebrate this day as ‘Good Friday’?
There are two laudable explanations for the same.
The first one has to do with the Catholic Encyclopedia. According to an article published in 1907, this word is derived from its German counterpart, Gotts FreTag, which changes in God’s Friday. Obviously, since then the English word has become corrupted in the form of its present day, which is Good Friday.
But this principle can not be right. Because the German name for the day is Karfricag which means Friday day.
Which brings us to another explanation, which is widely accepted as the real reason behind the word.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “good” in this context means “a day or season celebrated as a sacred by the church”.
The Friday of Jesus died on Easter Sunday, which is a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. Jesus sacrificed his life so that the Christians of the world could be saved from sin.
This is the reason that fateful Friday is known as ‘Good Friday’.