25 MARCH 2016
Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the celebration of Passover . It is also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday , Black Friday , or Friday of Easter , although the latter term refers to the well Friday week at Easter.
Good Friday is a public holiday widely established in many national governments around the world, including in most Western countries ( particularly among Anglicans and Catholics nations ) and in 12 US states. Some governments , like Germany, have laws prohibiting certain acts , such as dancing and horse races , that are considered profane the solemnity of the day.
In many countries with a strong Christian tradition such as Australia , Bermuda, Brazil, Canada , the Caribbean , Chile, Colombia , Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland , Germany, Malta , Mexico, New Zealand, Peru , the Philippines, Singapore , Spain, Sweden , United Kingdom, and Venezuela , the day is observed as a holiday or federal day. In the US , 12 states observe Friday as a holiday state : Connecticut , Texas, Delaware , Hawaii, Indiana , Tennessee, Florida , Kentucky, Louisiana , New Jersey , North Carolina and North Dakota. Germany and some other countries have laws that prohibit certain acts , such as dancing and horse races , that are considered profane the solemnity of the day.