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The Christian community is observing Good Friday on April 19 to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on Calvary. Good Friday is also referred to as Black Friday, Great Friday, Easter Friday or Holy Friday. Good Friday coincides with the beginning of the Jewish festival of Passover.
Significance of the Day
Even though the term Good Friday is not present in the Holy Bible, the Christian religious text portrays the story of how Jesus was betrayed by Judas which led to his arrest.
Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers after being nailed to a cross which he was asked to carry to his site of the crucifixion. Even though the term ‘Good’ associated with Good Friday is a contradiction to the events of this day, people believe that the term is associated with the words ‘pious or holy’.
Good Friday is followed by Easter Sunday, the day on which Jesus was resurrected from death.
Various Parts of India welcomed the New Year on 6th April. Ugadi, Gudi Padava etc were observed in different parts of the Country.
New Year in different Parts of the Country
Ugadi in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh falls in the Chaitra month and is celebrated by distributing jaggery and neem flowers which is symbolic to sharing both sweet and bitter experiences of life.
Gudi Padwa which falls in the Chaitra month of Hindu calendar is celebrated in the state of Maharashtra by hanging Gudi on the right side of the entrance of their house. Gudi is a bright yellow cloth tied to the tip of a long bamboo and copper pot placed in inverted on it along with a sugar garland.
Baisakhi is the Punjabi New Year celebrated in the month of April by performing their folk dance, Bhangra and Gidda and feasting.
Puthandu is the Tamil New Year celebrated in the month of April by preparing Manga Pachadi a traditional food to ring in their new year.
Bohag Bihu is the Assamese New year celebrated by performing the folk dance Bihu and a grand buffet.
Pohela Boishakh is the Bengali New Year celebrated with making many sweetmeats.
Bestu Varas is celebrated in Gujarat on the day after Deepavali. Marwaris in Rajasthan also celebrate their new year during Deepavali.
Vishu is the Malayali New Year celebrated in the state of Kerala in the month of April.
Losoong is the Sikkimese New Year and falls in December at the end of harvesting. It is celebrated by performing Chham dance.
Navreh is the Kashmiri New Year celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra.
Cheti Chand is the Sindhi new year celebrated on the second day of Chaitra month is to honour of the birth of Jhulelal.
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