So if you haven’t been into a supermarket store recently, because you don’t like food or something crazy like that, then you may be excused for not realizing the Easter bunny is on his way. What would give that away, oh well I don’t know maybe the ten thousand and one different Easter eggs lining the shelves. Another thing that might have given away the approach of Easter is the fact that Good Friday is fast approaching our calendars. Here at Sir Holiday we are all so excited for Easter that we have decided to explore as many facets and ideas surrounding it as possible, kick-starting it off with Good Friday. Therefore, let’s hop to it!
Good Friday is a religious holiday within the Christian calendar where Christians observe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For those of you who are unaware of the Bible story, Jesus was beaten with a whip, made to carry an extremely heavy wooden cross up a hill and then nailed to a cross where he ultimately died. Now you might be wondering, why on earth people would call this a ‘Good Friday’, obviously this is the worst kind of an event that could take place on a Friday.
Many Christians believe that the reason it is known as Good Friday, is because it is a holy day as this is the day when Jesus Christ laid down his life so that way all future Christians may be saved from their own earthly sins. But this may be more of a belief than an actual fact, as there is very little evidence within historical texts or word etymology to support this view. Still others believe it is referred to as Good Friday because somehow through the history of time the term God’s Friday was misconstrued into what we now know as Good Friday. Yet there is not enough evidence to support this theory either.
Yet, if we look all the way back to the Old English Dictionary or OED, we see that the original version of the word good, previously spoken as ‘goude’ meant a time period that was dedicated to religious days and actions. Later on the Catholic Dictionary was published in 1907, but unfortunately even this dictionary cannot provide satisfactory answers as it states that the terms origins are unclear. The term Good Friday has many variations within language, in Germany it is referred to as ‘Karfreitag’ or the sorrow filled Friday. In Danish, many refer to the holy day as Long Friday. In French, Italian and other so-called Romance languages within Europe the day of reverence is referred to as Holy Friday. Within Greek literature, Good Friday is commonly spoken of as the Holy and Great Friday.
Evidently there is a good amount of discrepancy surrounding the origins of Good Friday; luckily there is certainly no controversy over this year’s Easter egg hunt! What will you be doing for yours, and how will you be spending your Easter holidays this year?
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