Good Friday in India in 2020

Good Friday in India in 2020
  How long until Good Friday?
This holiday next takes place in 206 days.
  Dates of Good Friday in India
2021 Apr 2
Andhra PradeshFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Apr 2Regional Holiday
2020 Apr 10
Andhra PradeshFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Apr 10Regional Holiday
2019 Apr 19
Andhra PradeshFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Apr 19Regional Holiday
2018 Mar 30
Andhra PradeshFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Mar 30Regional Holiday
2017 Apr 14
Andhra PradeshFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Apr 14Regional Holiday
Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.
  Good Friday in other countries
Good Friday internationally
  Which regions observe Good Friday in 2020?

When is Good Friday?

Many countries observe Good Friday as a national holiday on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

Some countries observe the Orthodox calendar in which Good Friday may occur on a different date.

What is Good Friday?

The most important events in Christianity are the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God, and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity.

After the last supper, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, put on trial, sentenced to death. He was then tied and nailed by the wrists and feet to a large wooden cross and left to die. This is why the cross is used as a symbol of the Christian faith.

Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.

Why is it called 'Good Friday'?

At first glance, it seems a strange name for a day that marked such a terrible event as a crucifixion, but when we look at the origin of the name it becomes clearer... or it would if there was one origin that people could agree on. As it stands, you can take your pick from the following:

  • Some say it comes from the use of "Good" as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for "holy."
  • Others believe it stems from a corruption of the word "God," in much the same way that "Good Bye" comes from the phrase "God be with ye." So the name may be derived from 'God's Friday'.
  • Undoubtedly most Christians perceive the day as "good" because the message of Easter is of Christ's victory over sin, death, and the devil. Indeed, the New Testament is also known as the Gospel, which is Greek for 'Good News'.

Also, it also worth noting that this confusion over the name is mainly confined to Western European and North American Christians. Eastern Orthodox Christians call it "Great and Holy Friday. Around the rest of the world, it's known as Holy Friday in most Latin nations, 'Great Friday' by the Slavic peoples, "Friday of Mourning" in Germany and "Long Friday" in Norway.

Good Friday Traditions

Many Church services are held in the afternoon, usually between noon to 3pm, to remember the hours when Jesus was crucified on the cross.

Some churches observe the day by re-enacting the process of the cross in the rituals of stations of the cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus' life. Other churches may participate in Veneration of the Cross, a short ceremony in which Christians kneel before the cross and affirm their faith.

In Jerusalem, Christians follow in Jesus' footsteps and walk Via Dolorosa, the traditional path that led to the site of the crucifixion. Many who participate try to ritually bear the same weight Jesus did by carrying crosses on their backs.

Though it's not a public holiday in the Vatican or Italy, the Pope will say a mass at the Vatican before leads an annual public prayer of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome. A procession is then made to the Palatine Hill, accompanied by a huge cross covered in burning torches. 

Did you know?

Three facts about Good Friday

In the United States, 12 of the 50 states recognize Good Friday as a holiday

Radio and TV stations in New Zealand are banned to play any commercial content on Good Friday or else they will be fined.

In 1927 the sale of alcohol was banned on three days of the year: St. Patrick's Day, Christmas Day, and Good Friday. The ban was lifted in 2018.

More facts about Good Friday

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