Easter Weekend Begins With Commemoration Of The Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ On Good Friday
Good Friday is the day in Holy Week that many Christians, including Catholic and Protestant churches, commemorate the betrayal, trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday brings Holy Week to an end by celebrating His resurrection.
In Rome, Pope Francis marked Good Friday by focusing the Catholic church's attention on those who suffer, such as victims of human trafficking, inmates in overcrowded prisons, the jobless and many others. In Jerusalem, thousands of Christian pilgrims gathered, carrying wooden crosses to the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which tradition says was built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
In the four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), it tells how Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot the night before, with a kiss, to the Roman soldiers. He was then brought before the Sanhedrin council and Roman Governor Pontius Pilate before being condemned to die on Good Friday. Hours before His betrayal, Jesus ate The Last Supper with His disciples.
For Catholics, Good Friday is a strict day of fasting, much like all other Fridays during Lent when meat is not eaten. But, on Good Friday (and Ash Wednesday), many Catholics fast, which means they can only eat one full meal and some food throughout the day, food that must not equal another full meal, according to americancatholic.org.
Good Friday is observed as a national holiday in many Latin American countries, but not here in the U.S., according to this article. However, several states close government offices, courts and banks in observance as an official state holiday.
Easter Sunday is celebrated as the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. According to history.com, Easter is a moveable holiday, which means it can be celebrated anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year.