Gospel Living

Christians around the world honor Good Friday.

03/29/24 | 1 min read
Here’s why it’s a special day!

Have you ever heard people refer to the Friday before Easter as “Good Friday”? In some places, it’s even a holiday!

Good Friday commemorates the day the Savior was crucified. That may not sound “good,” but it comes from the definition of “good” that means holy. It’s a Holy Friday, the day the Savior gave His life for the world.

In many countries—including Canada, Australia, Mexico, Germany, the Philippines, and much of South America—Good Friday is a public holiday. Schools, government offices, and many businesses are closed. Some people fast or go to special worship services. In some places, statues are covered with black cloth to represent mourning. It’s a day of reflection leading up to the joyous day of Easter.

We don’t have any special Good Friday observances in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but we join the rest of the Christian world in honoring the Lord’s sacrifice. Let’s keep Him at the front of our minds and hearts today!

To Think About

This can be an especially meaningful time to ponder the Savior’s Atonement. What does His sacrifice mean to you?

PS—If your culture or family has any special Good Friday or Easter traditions, email youth@ChurchofJesusChrist and tell us about them. We love hearing from you!