28 March, 2013

There is nothing happy about Good Friday
A jovial friend was recently embarrassed when she wished a catholic client, Happy Good Friday. The client retorted sarcastically, what is so happy about this Friday? Anyways, it is good enough. Our friend just made a fool of herself, as if she wished someone happy birthday when it was not their birthday. She was amused at this sudden reaction. She thought that what did she do to offend the client? She just wished her on Good Friday, a Christian festival, celebrated all over the world. And then she tried to understand the real meaning behind Good Friday.

Good Friday is when Jesus died! His death can never be a happy occasion for any Christian, isn’t it? Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. Good Friday is a day of sadness, in which churches are empty and dark. The term ‘Good Friday’ is confusing to many. Usually people relate that anything good, must be a happy occasion. But it is to commemorate the goodness that was bestowed upon humanity by Christ’s sacrifice. The feasting and fun is reserved for Easter.

In future, our dear friend has vowed to always understand the culture and story behind every festivity before wishing anyone on an occasion. She has vowed to never hurt someone’s religious sentiments. Smart girl!

Which all confusing festivals can you list which have left you in a similar situation like our friend?

Parimita Chakravorty

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