Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu greeted the nation on the occassion of Good Friday.
Names: Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday and Easter Friday.
When observed? It is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday, that marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why observed? Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
Christ was betrayed by Judas and sentenced to death.
Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose again three days later - which is marked as Easter.
The three days are known as the Easter Triduum.
How is it observed?
Christian observe Good Friday with fasting and church services.
Special masses and processions take place in all major churches. Bands playing sombre music accompany the procession to create an atmosphere of mourning.
The ceremony of the Way of the Cross takes place as a re-enactment of scenes from the Crucifixion.
Meaning of Good? The word ''good'' in the Good Friday stands for pious or holy. The death of Jesus symbolises the death and forgiveness for all of mankind's sins, with Jesus taking the ultimate sacrifice for the good of all humans.
Source : All India Radio