GOOD FRIDAY is a Christian holy day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth and his death at Calvary.
The day marks and in a sense celebrates the sado-masochistic torture death of a human being, also believed to be a god in later times, who was flogged and nailed to pieces of wood where he likely died of asphyxiation. While the S/M aspects are unique to Christianity, there are numerous parallel stories of a young man/god,, produced of a “virgin birth” who dies and returns to life on behalf of humankind. This is not an original story. Just a particularly sadistic one.
It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, Long Friday, or Easter Friday, though the last term properly refers to the Friday in Easter Week.
The date of the holiday on the Gregorian calendar varies from one year to the next, and there is disagreement about its calculation. It is a widely instituted legal holiday around the world, including in most Western countries and twelve U.S. States. Some countries, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting certain acts, such as dancing and horse racing, that are seen as profaning the solemn nature of the day.