Good Friday in Eastern Christianity Date in the current year: April 29, 2016

Good Friday in Eastern Christianity Good Friday, also known as Great Friday and Holy Friday, is a Christian feast that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha. It is celebrated on the Friday preceding Easter.

According to the four canonical Gospels, Jesus was arrested in the Gardens of Gethsemane, condemned for blasphemy and concurred with a death sentence. He was crucified along with two criminals at the place called Golgotha in Hebrew or Calvary in Latin.

He agonized on the cross for six hours. It is said that during Jesus' last three hours on the cross, darkness fell over the whole land. When he died, his body was taken by Joseph of Arimathea who donated his own prepared tomb to bury Jesus.

In Eastern Christianity, Good Friday is observed as a strict fast. The faithful are expected to abstain from all food and drink the entire day, unless there are health issues that may prevent them from doing so.

On this day, the clergy wear black vestments instead of the purple or read that is customary throughout the Great Lent. The Divine Liturgy is never celebrated on this day, except when Holy Friday coincides with the feast of Annunciation.

Orthodox Good Friday is a non-working public holiday in some countries with a large percentage of the Orthodox or Greek Catholic population.

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